The Tjibaou Centre Cultural in New Caledonia commemorates Jean-Marie Tijibaou, who sought Kanak independence from France. France enlisted Renzo Piano for this center after his death.
The 10 “cases” resemble the vernacular of the region, with consistent bowed vertical framing and wood ribs. The unique structure displays the Kanak ingenuity of building design, a clear statement to the world of something special. The structures addresses the difficulties of finding a way to express traditions of the Pacific in modem language. The 10 hut-like structures of the centre, of up to nine storeys, are organized into three villages.
Tjibaou Centre Cultural, New Caledonia, by Renzo Piano