2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the winning projects

The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The venue for the winners’ ceremony, the Al Jahili fort in Al-Ain, was also announced by His Excellency Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and a member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.

The prize, which is given every three years, is considered to be one of the most important awards in the field. It was established by the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully addressed the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.

During 2016, an independent Master Jury selected a shortlist of 19 projects, which was announced on 9 May 2016, from among 348 nominations. Each of the shortlisted projects was rigorously investigated by architects, conservation specialists or structural engineers. Their reports are the basis for the Master Jury’s selection of the eventual winners.

Below we take a closer look at the winning projects:

BANGLADESH

  • Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka (Architect: Marina Tabassum)

A refuge for spirituality in urban Dhaka, selected for its beautiful use of natural light.

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  • Friendship Centre, Gaibandha (Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA)

A community centre which makes a virtue of an area susceptible to flooding in rural Bangladesh.

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CHINA

  • Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing (Architect: ZAO / standardarchitecture / Zhang Ke)

A children’s library selected for its embodiment of contemporary life in the traditional courtyard residences of Beijing’s Hutongs.

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DENMARK

  • Superkilen, Copenhagen (Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex) A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.

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IRAN

  • Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran (Architect: Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi)

A multi-level bridge spanning a busy motorway has created a dynamic new urban space.

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LEBANON

  • Issam Fares Institute, Beirut (Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects)

A new building for the American University of Beirut’s campus, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context.

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