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Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners announced

https://libraries.mit.edu/news/files/2016/10/Aga-Khan-Award.pngThe winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) for cycle 13 were announced on October 3 in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The winning projects were added to Archnet’s documentation of the AKAA on the same day.

The winners are:

BANGLADESH

  • Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka (Architect: Marina Tabassum)
    A refuge for spirituality in urban Dhaka, selected for its beautiful use of natural light.
  • Friendship Centre, Gaibandha (Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA)
    A community centre which makes a virtue of an area susceptible to flooding in rural Bangladesh.

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.

DENMARK

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

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.

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.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence. This Award collection presents all of the winners and cyclical monographs by cycle. The sites feature links to technical reports, portfolios, and publications making this repository a rich resource for scholars, practitioners, and students looking for exemplars of excellence and case studies to review.