19 shortlisted projects have been announced for the prestigious 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture on 9 May in Geneva, Switzerland. The projects, which were selected by the master jury from amongst 348 projects nominated, will be competing for US$1 million in prize money.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Alongside rewarding architects, the award also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master craftsmen and engineers who have played important roles in the realization of a project.
Since the awards programme was launched 39 years ago, over 110 projects have received the award and more than 9,000 building projects have been documented.
The 19 shortlisted projects are now undergoing rigorous investigations by on-site reviewers – architects, conservation specialists or structural engineers – who visit and evaluate each project. Their reports are the basis for the master jury’s selection of the eventual winners.
The panel of judges for the 2016 awards included architects Emre Arolat and Dominique Perrault, as well as Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and Columbia University philosophy professor Akeel Bilgrami.
The shortlisted projects are below.
New Power Station, Baku by Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
- Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka by Marina Tabassum
- Friendship Centre, Gaibandha by URBANA/Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
Micro Yuan’er, Beijing by ZAO/standardarchitecture/Zhang Ke
Superkilen, Copenhagen by BIG
- Manouchehri House, Kashan by Akbar Helli, Shahnaz Nader
- Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran by Diba Tensile Architecture/Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi
- 40 Knots House, Tehran by Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadi Mirza
Royal Academy for Nature Conservation, Ajloun by Khammash Architects
Bunateka Libraries, various locations by Bujar Nrecaj Architects
Issam Fares Institute, Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects
- Guelmim School of Technology, Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani, Mohamed Amine Siana
- Casa-Port New Railway Station, Casablanca by AREP and Groupe 3 Architectes
Makoko Floating School, Lagos by NLÉ/Kunlé Adeyemi
Doha Tower, Doha by Ateliers Jean Nouvel
King Fahad National Library, Riyadh by Gerber Architekten International
Thread: Artist Residency and Cultural Centre, Sinthian by Toshiko Mori Architects
- Nasrid Tower Restoration, Huercal-Overa by Castillo Miras Arquitectos
- Ceuta Public Library, Ceuta by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos
For more information on the awards programme, see the Aga Khan Development Network website.