It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 22/10/08
The judges applauded Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects for its achievement of the goals that the architects had articulated: its use of sustainable local materials and use of vernacular building techniques which fit in with the cultural context of the region, and its low carbon footprint. It is modest, self-effacing and charming.
Many of the entries are not entirely new constructions: they are existing structures, either hotels or, more interestingly, buildings such as the Nørre Vosborg manor farm in Denmark, or the ice factory of La Purificadora in Mexico, which have been converted to hotels (by Arkitema and Legorreta+Legorreta, Serrano Monjara Arquitectos. We recognise that restorations, conversions, extensions, reincarnations and reinventions are more challenging and difficult than working on a tabula rasa.
Several projects showed an interest in using wood, which although one of the most traditional building materials known to mankind, give a very contemporary look.
WINNER Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, Canada
HIGHLY COMMENDED C42 Citroen Flagship Showroom, France, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, France
HIGHLY COMMENDED Gate and Canopy at Astir Palace, Greece, R. Sakellaridou + M. Papanikolaou & Associate Architects, Greece
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