The 19 shortlisted projects for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were selected by the Master Jury from amongst 348 projects nominated for the 13th Award cycle, and will be compete for US$ 1 million in prize money. The 19 projects are now undergoing rigorous investigations by on-site reviewers – architects, conservation specialists or structural engineers themselves – who visit and evaluate each project first-hand.
About the Aga khan Award for architecture
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by the “Aga Khan” in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. The Award recognizes examples of architectural excellence in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, historic preservation, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment. The award is given every three years and is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects – from slum upgrading to high rise “green” buildings – that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life.
Over the last four decades, it has steadfastly championed the needs and aspirations of human beings within the practice of architecture.
The 19 projects are:
“As part of the regeneration of an old industrial area, a new building echoes a recently restored power station beside it.”
“Ventilation and the play of light make this neighborhood mosque a refuge for spirituality.”
“A rural training centre inspired by one of the country’s oldest urban archaeological sites.”
A small-scale project that enriches bonds amongst communities and revives Hutong life.
“A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.”
“The combined reinvigoration of the architectural and craft-work heritage in an old city has sparked a broader revitalization.”
“Infrastructure that connects two parks has become a popular urban space.”
“Innovative low-cost techniques that reinterpret traditional brick facades.”
“An abandoned quarry serves as catalyst for an imaginative intervention providing educational programs and visitor facilities.”
“A series of public libraries for disadvantaged youth in rural areas.”
“A new building, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context, “floats” above an exterior courtyard.”
“A powerful architecture, playing with the contrast between inside and outside, achieves the dignity essential to educational institutions.”
“A dynamic transport hub that anticipates the needs of the city of the future.”
“An alternative building system that provides space for education and cultural programmes in Africa’s coastal regions.”
“The varying patterns of the exterior envelope of this office tower evoke mashrabiyya, and serve as protection from the sun.”
“An imaginative expansion that doubles available space and provides a new skin for an existing structure.”
“An ecologically sensitive meeting place demonstrates how art and architecture can be part of rural life.”
“A restoration enhanced by modern design elements and sensitivity towards its built and natural environment.”
“Incorporating an archaeological site as a key feature of the building, this library has become a cultural landmark.”