Sunday, 12 April 2009

Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre in Osoyoos- Simple Stunning Architecture 14

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Design by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects + urbanistes, 'the spectacular Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is the Okanagan's newest family tourism destination.

The state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences.'
- Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

Located in Osoyoos, British Columbia, The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre is part of a larger 200-acre master plan and the first of a number of new aboriginal centres in British Columbia.

'The Centre explores architectural expression as a way to convey the rich past and the transforming future of aboriginal culture. Features include the largest rammed-earth wall in North America; the use of bluestain pine; sustainable design features and research space for the endangered rattlesnake.'
- Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects + urbanistes.Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre 3Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre 4Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre 5Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre 6Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre 7Nk'Mip Desert Culture Centre 8The architect:
Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects + urbanistes was first established in Vancouver in 1973 by Norm Hotson. Since that time, the firm has grown to more than 40 professionals working under the leadership of principals Norm Hotson, Joost Bakker, Alan Boniface and Bruce Haden.

a+. Nk'Mip desert cultural centre
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