Isumanivivik

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    Floor plan.
    Plan
    Kevin Kunnapilly / Colin Williams
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    Section through building.
    Section
    Kevin Kunnapilly / Colin Williams
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    Exterior render view.
    Exterior view
    Kevin Kunnapilly / Colin Williams
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    Interior render view.
    Interior View
    Kevin Kunnapilly / Colin Williams
Author(s)
Kevin Kunnapilly
Colin Williams
Project Date

In response to a lack of jobs being the number one cause of unemployment in the north and the recognition of a prosperous Inuit arts economy, this new arts school proposed in Kujjuaq, QC serves as the ground for Inuit to explore a contemporary arts culture amid their cross-cultural context. The curriculum takes root in traditional Inuit craft as a means of preserving Inuit culture—the boundaries, iconography, and meanings of which are then pushed further with modern techniques and materials. Architecturally, the buildings draw from the ad hoc and refuse characteristics of Kujjuaq’s urban fabric as a series of volumes laid parallel to the beach. The rotation of each of these volumes allows connections and moments of expansion into the surrounding landscape from each programmed space, invigorating the student life with Inuit values. The interstitial space between the volumes becomes a mixing ground and central corridor between the various media and studios, lined entirely with the storage space so often called for in the north.