The Centre Culturel Jean Marie Tjibaou is the third volume in the collection, published in 2009.
The project is also the exploration of another world, seemingly remote: New Caledonia, the Pacific, and the culture of the ephemeral, the encounter with the great Kanak people and their history suspended between past and future.The adventure ends with the discovery of an unexpected affinity: “I am more Kanak than you,” Renzo Piano was to declare at the end of the experience.
Like all the volumes in this series, the material is largely unpublished: sketches, notes, drawings, construction documents and the memories of those who personally experienced this extraordinary design adventure. A book that becomes a travel journal, with all its immediacy and power. In this volume, apart from Renzo Piano’s personal story, there are accounts by Marie-Claude Tjibaou, Alban Gassa and Glenn Murcutt. Their voices, faithfully recorded and transcribed, help the reader relive the extraordinary story of this project with its protagonists.