The Arctic Workshop

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    An axonometric map showing where the project proposal is in the town of Kuujjuaq, Nunavik
    Map of Kuujjuaq, Nunavik
    Christina Vogiatzis / Owen Yang
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    Section through building highlighting the thermal and energetic aspects of the spaces.
    Thermal and Energetic Section
    Christina Vogiatzis / Owen Yang
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    Rendered image of the interior view of the learning spaces
    Interior View
    Christina Vogiatzis / Owen Yang
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    Rendered image of the interior view of the workshop.
    Interior View
    Christina Vogiatzis / Owen Yang
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    Rendered image of the building exterior.
    Exterior View
    Christina Vogiatzis / Owen Yang
Author(s)
Christina Vogiatzis
Owen Yang
Project Date

The Arctic Workshop is a trades-based post-secondary school and research centre serving the Nunavik region of northern Quebec. Understanding that the long-term success of the Inuit people begins with safe and secure housing, the project aims to educate the Inuit community about the design, construction, and maintenance of northern housing in order to increase local knowledge and provide the necessary skills to improve the dire housing crisis. The Arctic Workshop’s main campus in Kuujjuaq is organized into spaces of “MAKE” (workshop and warehouses), “LEARN” (classrooms and library), and “LIVE” (student and staff residences), arranged to form two vibrant courtyards. The building includes innovative passive design and renewable energy strategies to alleviate heating, cooling, maintenance, and operating costs. In addition to the main facility, an annual ‘outreach program’ is held, involving the construction of mobile training classrooms that are shipped to surrounding Inuit communities to host a summer training workshop, bringing education to those unable to travel to Kuujjuaq to learn these essential construction skills.