09 Dec 2018
Winners announced for the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation Awards
The renewal of the early 20th-century Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya in Kyoto, Japan, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Ten projects from five countries – Australia, China, India, Japan and Thailand – have been recognized by an international Jury of conservation experts in this year’s Awards. The Jury met in August in Penang, Malaysia to review 41 entries from eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
Award of ExcellenceThe Jury praised the Award of Excellence winner, the Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya, for “celebrating Kyoto culture through the safeguarding of the city’s endangered wooden townhouse typology as well as the iconic annual Gion Festival. The meticulously restored building today houses the Ofune-hoko float, itself resurrected after a 150-year hiatus to regain its place of pride in the annual ritual parade. The project sets a model for its seamless approach to safeguarding built heritage intertwined with intangible cultural heritage in a mutually enriching way.” The restoration of Shijo Ofune-hoko Float Machiya is the third phase of Kyoto Machiya Townhouses project. After its conservation in the summer of 2017, the traditional machiya was resurged as the cultural center of the community, serving as the permanent home for the renowned Ofune-hoko Float in Kyoto.
Other AwardeesOther projects recognised in the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation include the following: Award of Distinction:
- The LAMO Centre, Ladakh, India
- 5 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia
- Aijing Zhuang, Fujian, China
- Old Warehouse of the Commercial Bank of Honjo, Saitama, Japan
- Hengdaohezi Town, Heilongjiang, China
- Rajabai Clock Tower & University of Mumbai Library Building, Mumbai, India
- Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain, Mumbai, India
- Kaomai Estate 1955, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- The Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, Australia