The Centre Culturel Tjibaou (CCT) has exhibition and performance
areas, a permanent gallery, a library and a resource center.
Built on a promontory six miles from the town's center amid 20
acres of gardens, it is designed to promote and preserve the local
Kanak and other Pacific cultures.
The buildings, 10 huge shell-like, hardwood structures, the
highest of which rises to 90 feet, are in the design of traditional
The center includes a 400-seat theater; two outdoor performance
areas able to handle 1,000 and 2,000 people; a large area devoted
to new art, and a restaurant featuring local foods.
CCT is dedicated to the memory of Jean-Marie Tjibaou, a
pro-independence Kanak leader who signed peace accords in 1988 and
was assassinated in 1989.
CCT was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is best
known for designing the Pompidou Center in Paris.