Aga Khan Award 2016


Six works

Founded in 1977 and awarded by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, directed by the Spaniard Luis Monreal, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has become the key prize for architecture in the Islamic world and for quality buildings carried out with local resources. Directed by Farrokh Derakhshani, the award is presented every three years and includes a one million dollar prize. The jury, presided by Luis Fernández-Galiano in this edition, chose six works in very different sites, but all shared the way in which they contribute to improving their environment: Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka (Bangladesh), by Marina Tabassum; the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha (Bangladesh), by Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA; Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing (China), by ZAO / standardarchitecture and Zhang Ke; Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in Tehran (Iran), by Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi; Issam Fares Institute in Beirut (Lebanon), by Zaha Hadid Architects; and finally, Superkilen in Copenhagen (Denmark), by BIG / Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex, a unique project that promotes pluralism and tolerance.

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