Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016: The Winners

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Six exemplary projects have been announced as winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Presented once every three years, the award 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.” To be considered for the award, projects must exhibit not only architectural excellence, but also the ability to improve users overall quality of life.

Selected from a shortlist of 19 candidates, the five winning projects will receive a $1 million dollar prize as they join an acclaimed list of previous winners, which includes buildings from Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Charles Correa, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Hassan Fathy.

– Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh / Marina Tabassum Architects
– Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh / Kashef Chowdhury + URBANA
– Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing, China / ZAO/standardarchitecture, Zhang Ke
– Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark / BIG + Topotek 1 + Superflex
– Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran, Iran / Diba Tensile Architecture, Leila Araghian + Alireza Behzadi
– Issam Fares Institute, Beirut, Lebanon / Zaha Hadid Architects


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