Madinat al-Zahra Museum
“The museum is a symbol of the ‘convivencia’ evoked by the name Andalusia, and bears testimony that, indeed, Córdoba is the future, not only the past”. With these words the jury of the Aga Khan Awards referred to the Madinat al-Zahra Museum by the Madrid architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, during a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Inaugurated in 2009, the building houses a museum and the institutional headquarters of the archaeological site of the former capital of Al-Andalus, centralizing the tasks of research, preservation and dissemination of the findings, which form one of the most valuable collections of Islamic art in the Peninsula. The other four projects awarded by the Aga Khan Foundation were the Wadi Hanifa Wetlands in Riyadh, by Moriyama & Teshima with Buro Happold; the revitalization of the Hypercenter of Tunis, by the Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina (ASM); the Ipekyol textile factory in the Turkish city of Edirne, by Emre Arolat architects; and the Xiashi bridge school, in the province of Fujian, by the studio of the architect Li Xiaodong.