The winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced recently and it is an amazing group. Here are the six chosen projects:
Bait Ur Rouf Mosque by Marina Tabassum
Ventilation and the play of light make this neighbourhood mosque a refuge for spirituality.
Friendship Centre by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/Urbana
A rural training centre inspired by one of the country’s oldest urban archaeological sites.
Hutong Children’s Library & Art Centre by ZAO/standardarchitecture / Zhang Ke
A small-scale project that enriches bonds amongst communities and revives Hutong life.
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs by Zaha Hadid Architects
A new building, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context, “floats” above an exterior courtyard.
Superkilen by Big-Bjarke Ingels Group, Superflex, and Topotek 1
A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.
Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge by Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, and Alireza Behzadi
Infrastructure that connects two parks has become a popular urban space.