World Building of the Year Award 2009: first prize goes to Peter Rich Architects

Grafton Architects, Kengo Kuma,




The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa has won the World Building of the Year award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival Awards.

World Building of the Year Award 2009: first prize goes to Peter Rich Architects Located at the convergence of South Africa’s Limpopo and Shashe rivers, the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre designed by Peter Rich Architects to contain local prehistoric artefacts is the product of an important social programme in which the local population got involved in the construction process.
The jury of the WAF Awards (the World Architecture Festival is considered the most important architectural prize celebrating the international architectural community) chose it for the manual skill involved in the project, as well as the project’s difficulty, its sustainability and its close relationship with the landscape.
Held for the second time this year – the first prize went to Grafton Architects for the Bocconi project in Milan – the competition saw the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre chosen from among 15 finalists who had in turn been selected out of 272 projects submitted from 67 different countries, identified by a panel of judges chaired by Raphael Vi?oly and including Kengo Kuma, Farshid Moussavi, Suha Ozkan and Matthias Sauerbruch.

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