Arctic Adaptations from Andrew Latreille on Vimeo. Timelapse footage of the opening days at the Canadian Pavilion during the 2014 Venice Biennale, Italy.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 offers visitors a unique look at the relationship between architecture, land, climate, and culture. The project was first presented as Canada’s official exhibition at the prestigious 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, where it was honoured with a Special Mention.

Celebrating Nunavut’s 15th anniversary as a territory, Arctic Adaptations is a team-based project initiated and led by architectural firm Lateral Office. It surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut.

Arctic Adaptations features interactive architecture models, photography, and topographical maps of the 25 communities of Nunavut, and specially commissioned work by Inuit carvers who have created masterful scale models of some of the best-known buildings in the territory.


Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. It is presented and circulated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife

Image: A series of 12 soapstone carvings by Inuit artists document key Nunavut buildings and typologies from the 20th century; courtesy Lateral Office.