Two Bangladeshi projects have won this year’s Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport of the United Arab Emirates announced the winners’ names at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Architect Marina Tabassum won the award for designing Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka and architect Kashef Chowdhury for Chowdhury Friendship Centre in Gaibandha.
The winners were chosen by an independent jury of architectural experts appointed by the Aga Khan Foundation. The award money will be split between the architecture firms and clients involved in the winning projects and will partly go toward outreach activities to spread design and building knowledge.
The $1 million prize is awarded every three years to honor architectural projects that address the needs of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence. It was institutionalized in 1977 by King Aga Khan. In its website Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) said that the winners would be handed over the awards in November at a ceremony at the Al Jahili Fort, a World Heritage Site in Al Ain, in Abu Dhabi.
The 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners:
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.
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.
Superkilen, Copenhagen (Architects: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex) A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.
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.
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.