AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE 2019
Kazan, Russia, 29 August 2019
The winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The winners, who will share US$ 1 million between them, are:
– Bahrain : Revitalisation of Muharraq, which highlights the World Heritage site’s pearling history, was first initiated as a series of restoration and reuse projects.
– Bangladesh: Arcadia Education Project, in South Kanarchor, a modular structure that takes a novel approach to a riverine site that is often flooded for five months every year.
– Palestine: Palestinian Museum, in Birzeit, which crowns a terraced hill overlooking the Mediterranean and is the recipient of the LEED Gold certification because of its sustainable construction.
– Russian Federation: Public Spaces Development Programme, in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan, a programme that, to date, has improved 328 public spaces all over Tatarstan.
– Senegal: Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit, in Bambey, where a scarcity of resources led to the use of bioclimatic strategies, including a large double roof canopy and latticework that avoids direct solar radiation but allows air to flow through it.
– United Arab Emirates: Wasit Wetland Centre, in Sharjah, a design that transformed a wasteland into a wetland and functioned as a catalyst for biodiversity and environmental education.
For a full on-line press kit, which includes briefs, images and broadcast-quality video, please see www.akdn.org/2019AwardWinners.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully addressed the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. The Award not only rewards architects, but also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master artisans and engineers who have played important roles in the realisation of a project.