On 22 September, the winners of the 2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) were announced. The six award winners – who will share a $1 million prize – show promise for communities, innovation and environmental stewardship.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims. The award aims to highlight building concepts that successfully meet the needs and aspirations of Muslim communities. The award’s selection process emphasizes architecture that not only meets people’s physical, social and economic needs, but also stimulates and responds to their cultural aspirations.
This year AKAA has its 45th anniversary. At a meeting in February 2022, an independent master jury selected twenty projects from a pool of 463 projects nominated for the 15th award cycle (2020-2022). Following this, after an on-site review of the shortlist by a team of experts, the jury declared six projects the winners.
1. Urban River Spaces, Jhenaidah – Bangladesh
A landscape project where local materials and construction techniques have been used. The project transformed an abandoned informal dump site into an attractive and accessible multi-functional space for the diverse communities of Jhenaidah. The project succeeded in reversing the ecological degradation and health risks of the river and its banks and achieving an effective ecological improvement of the river. [Uittreksel, Jurycitaat]
2. Common Areas in Rohingya Refugee Response, Cox’s Bazar -Bangladesh
The six temporary community spaces of the Rohingya Refugee Response Program provide a dignified, sensitive and ingenious response to the emergency created by the large influx of Rohingya refugees into the Bangladeshi host communities. The project placed particular emphasis on the safety of women and girls. The concept and design of the six spaces is the result of appropriate planning, solid partnerships and inclusive processes involving the diverse refugee and host communities. For example, to define spatial and functional needs. [Uittreksel, Jurycitaat]
3. Banyuwangi International Airport, Blimbingsari, East Java – Indonesia
The building in Banyuwangi International Airport combines architecture and functionality. Modern and efficient in every aspect, yet at home in its place, Banyuwangi International Airport can be a game-changer in airport architecture. Especially considering that the Indonesian government is going to build about 300 airports in the near future. [Uittreksel, Jurycitaat]
• Argo Museum of Contemporary Art and Cultural Center, Tehran – Iran
In Tehran’s historic, densely populated center, a former brewery has been transformed into a private museum of contemporary art. For this purpose, the ruins have been renovated and supplemented with new construction. A number of rooms for exhibitions, lectures and films have been developed on four floors. Next to the museum, a new artist residence was built. [Uittreksel, Jurycitaat]
• Renovation of the Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli – Lebanon
The renovation of the Niemeyer Guest House is an inspiring story of the resilience of architecture. Especially at a time when Lebanon is facing political, socio-economic and environmental problems. Located on the outskirts of Tripoli – one of the oldest and most beautiful port cities – a guest house has been realized, which is part of the Rachid Karami International Fair (RKIF); the unfinished masterpiece of the architect Oscar Niemeyer. [Uittreksel, Jurycitaat]
• Kamanar Secondary School, Thionck Essyl – Senegal
A campus full of infrastructure, buildings, landscapes and furniture. Kamanar Secondary School is unique in that it encompasses the various aspects of urban planning, landscape, architecture and building technologies. The site’s topography and flora are the most important prerequisites for this project. This has resulted in classrooms clustered around pre-existing treetops. [Uittreksel, Jurycitaat]
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