Designers of new Colchester East Hants library named recipient of national award

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OTTAWA – The architectural firm tasked with designing the new Colchester East Hants regional library has been named as the recipient of a national award.

In a news release issued Monday, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects of Halifax was named by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) as the recipient of its 2014 Architectural Firm Award.

In choosing the 16-person firm, the jury noted that MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has developed a distinctive contemporary architecture based on local building and craft traditions.

“The work successfully expresses a strong connection with the Maritime region and its built heritage,” the jury wrote.

Founded in 1985 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has built a reputation for design excellence - from a modest fisherman’s cottage on the Nova Scotia coast to the Canadian Chancery and Official Residence in Dhaka, Bangaldesh, the release said.

“We consistently strive for excellence in our practice and in our teaching,” said Talbot Sweetapple, one of the firms’ partners. “It is a real honour to have our body of work recognized by the RAIC." 

The award will be presented at the RAIC Festival of Architecture, which takes place in Winnipeg May 28 to 31.

Organizations: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Architectural Firm Canadian Chancery

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Maritime, Dhaka Winnipeg

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  • wayne faulkner
    March 18, 2014 - 19:34

    The above article was not in the paper on March 17, 2014. Great news for the new library, design wins an award.

    • russian princess
      March 19, 2014 - 05:59

      How could this story have been in Monday's paper when the press release wasn't even issued until Monday? And it's not the library design winning the award - it's the company that will be designing it...