Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022: 20 Shortlisted Projects from 16 Countries

Aryo Sumbogo | Thursday, 23 June 2022

The 15th edition of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is ready to be held this year. This 2022, there are at least 20 projects from 16 different countries included on its shortlist.

Le Jardin d'Afrique - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022Le Jardin d'Afrique by Artist Rachid Koraïchi (Photo: Cemal Emden).

Not only competing to win a prize worth one million dollars, but the 20 projects are also a manifestation of the spirit of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. It is "identifying and encouraging the concept of buildings that successfully meet the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence". Considering, this triennial award is the initiation of the Muslim spiritual leader Aga Khan in 1977.

Wafra Wind Tower - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022Wafra Wind Tower by AGi Architects (Photo: Cemal Emden).

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University by RMA Architects (Photo: Dinesh Mehta).

However, the selection process has now been carried out by a panel of The Master Jury, which is independent and consists of various professions. It includes several architects such as Lina Ghotmeh, Francis Kéré, Anne Lacaton, Nader Tehrani, and Nada Al Hassan. In addition, there is also Columbia University professor Amale Andraos, artist Kader Attia, director-general of the Bengal Institute for Architecture Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, and Boston University professor Sibel Bozdoğan.

Then, for the next assessment, photos of the 20 projects are now displayed at the King's Cross Outdoor Art Project in London, until June 30. Along with the London Architecture Festival.

Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House by East Architecture Studio (Photo: Cemal Emden).

Meanwhile, the 20 projects that are included in the shortlist of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022, consist of several types of buildings. The category that the most dominate the list is conservation and adaptive reuse, with five candidates. Namely, East Architecture Studio's transformation of the Niemeyer Guest House in Lebanon, Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Center in Iran by ASA North, Rehabilitation of Tarsus Old Ginnery in Turkey by Sayka Construction Architecture Engineering Consultancy, the Outros Bairros Rehabilitation Programme in Cape Verde by Outros Bairros, the last is the Issy Valley Improvement in Morocco by Salima Naji and Inside Outside.

Rehabilitation of Tarsus Old Ginnery - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022
Rehabilitation of Tarsus Old Ginnery by Sayka Construction Architecture Engineering Consultancy (Photo: Cemal Emden).

In addition, there are also projects with other themes such as Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University in India (library facilities), Aban House in Iran (office residential facilities), Le Jardin d'Afrique in Tunisia (religious facilities), Blimbingsari Airport in Indonesia (transportation facilities), and Flying Saucer Rehabilitation in the UAE (cultural facilities).

Blimbingsari Airport - Aga Khan Award for Architeceture 2022Blimbingsari Airport by Andra Matin (Photo: Mario Wibowo).

Educational facilities also enriched the list through Jadgal Elementary School (Iran), CEM Kamanar Secondary School (Senegal), and Lanka Learning Centre (Sri Lanka). Not to forget, residential facilities also enliven the list, with Expandable House (Indonesia), Wafra Wind Tower (Kuwait), and Niamey 2000 (Niger).

CEM Kamanar Secondary School - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022CEM Kamanar Secondary School by Dawoffice (Photo: Amir Anoushfar).

Other projects also have the theme of community development and improvement, for example, Urban River Spaces (Bangladesh) and Community Spaces in Rohingya Refugee Response (Bangladesh). There is also the Manama Post Office (Bahrain) and the Tulkarm Courthouse (Palestine) which are office buildings.

Community Spaces in Rohingya Refugee Response - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022Community Spaces in Rohingya Refugee Response by Rizvi Hassan, Khwaja Fatmi, Saad Ben Mostafa (Photo: Asif Salman).

Rehabilitation of the Manama Post Office - Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022Rehabilitation of the Manama Post Office by Studio Anne Holtrop (Photo: Maxime Delvaux).

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