Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center Expansion

Osoyoos, BC

The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, located in Osoyoos BC, is an award-winning interpretive centre that is most notable for it’s rammed earth wall – the largest in North America. The centre, which first opened in 2006, currently features cultural exhibits, walking trails and a variety of hands-on interactive displays, including two theatres and an outdoor reconstructed village.

Connect Landscape Architecture is pleased to join Human Studio and Aldrich Pears Associates in a renewal project to reinvigorate the centre with a new gallery and event space, updated interactive displays, cultural programs, and an improved outdoor performance space. The landscape vision applies sustainable and passive design strategies responding to the local climate, topography, views and ecology. The site design will meet the aesthetic, sustainable, and functional objectives of the Nk’Mip Desert Centre Renewal Program.

Previous design included the development of a 50-acre site Master Plan including the winery, golf course, trail and equestrian network, RV Park, and time-share condominiums.
Phase 2 Expansion Design is currently underway.

Awards

2008 Governor General Award

2007 Lt. Governor Medal of Excellence

Completed
Phase 2 Currently Underway. Phase 1: 2004
Client
Osoyoos Indian Band
Collaborators

Human Studio, Land Strategies, APA, EOS. (Phase 1 - Ken Larsson with PFS prior to Connect Landscape Architecture)

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