Rubin&Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture.
The Institute includes an exhibition hall, making it both a museum and meeting place, with community activities such as dance and music shows taking place, along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community.