Jaklitsch / Gardner is excited to announce that the Mizengo Pinda Asali & Nyuki Sanctuary: Beekeeping & Education Center is the Jury Winner of the 2016 Architizer A+ Award in the typology category of Unbuilt Institutional.

The project is a honey (asali), beekeeping (nyuki) and education center. The intention of the sanctuary is to provide a centralized facility for honey extraction and processing, a public market, and provide education and services to local villages in support of beekeeping activities. By teaching sustainable methods, providing resources and a market for harvested products, the government hopes to provide a means of economic support to rural communities. A key component of the design is to help foster a sense of community, collaboration and improvement through informal and formal spaces for interaction.

The processing facility will be built to USDA and EU guidelines for global distribution and profits will return to the Asali and Nyuki Sanctuary to encourage local learning, conservation and eco-tourism. In support of the organization’s mission to foster community and collaboration, the design of the facility elevates what might have been an ordinary utility shed and imbues it with a sense of dignity and purpose that flows to its users. The sanctuary is organized in a cellular-patterned structure around garden courts providing a framework for future expansion as well as spaces for informal interaction and learning.

This project is developed in collaboration with Follow the Honey, Nyuki Safari Company, and National Beekeeping Supplies.

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The Architizer A+ Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. Visit here to see the full list of nominees and winners.