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A Canadian firm receives award at World Architecture Festival in Barcelona


The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre project in Osoyoos, British Columbia, designed by firm Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, won the first prize in the Tourism category at the new Architecture Festival in Barcelona. The members of the jury were deeply impressed by the quality of the Canadian project, which has forestalled eight other international projects. The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre project consists of an interior and exterior exhibition art gallery, where architectural expression conveys the aboriginal culture through the times. In addition to the project presented by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, three other Canadian projects have been chosen among the 200 finalists of the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The World Building of the Year 2008 prize was awarded to Grafton Architects, for the Luigi Bocconi University new faculty building in Milan. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Festival director Paul Finch described the building as “a totally 3d piece of design” and praised it for its relationship with the city. Chaired by Lord Norman Foster, the jury was composed of internationally renowned architects, among which Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid, of specialized critics, of clients and of associates originating from the five continents. The World Architecture Festival was initiated by EMAP Communications, a London-based media group that organizes, among other events, the International Advertising Festival The Cannes Lions.




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