Since 2000, UNESCO has received 761 entries from 25 countries. A total of 217 projects have received the awards. In addition, 16 projects have been honored with the Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts, which recognizes contemporary architectural design in their heritage contexts.
The winners span a wide range of conservation projects from private residences to palace complexes. Over the years, the projects illustrate the increasing momentum and level of conservation in Asia and the Pacific.
The Awards set high technical and social standards for conservation in the region. They have increased local preservation efforts, inspiring local communities to take action to save their historic buildings.
Winners of 2018 UNESCO Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
The renewal of the early 20th-century Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya 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.
The 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.”
Other Awardees include:
Award of Distinction
- The LAMO Center, Ladakh, India
Award of Merit
- 5 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia
- Aijing Zhuang, Fujian, China
- Commercial Bank of Honjo Warehouse, Saitama, Japan
- Hengdaohezi Town, Heilongjiang, China
- Rajabai Clock Tower & University of Mumbai Library Building, Mumbai, India
- Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain, Mumbai, India
New Design in Heritage Contexts
- Kaomai Estate 1955, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- The Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, Australia
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