A quiet airport, a contemporary art museum and a series of refugee community centers are among the winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, a major prize awarded to new “communities with a significant Muslim presence”. Buildings are an honor.
The designers behind the six winning projects, which were unveiled Thursday, will share a $1 million prize pot that is among the largest in the profession.
Schools and education centers feature prominently in the 20-strong shortlist, with one — Senegal’s Kamnar Secondary School — among the winners. Elsewhere, a renovation project in Tripoli, Lebanon by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was recognized for bringing an abandoned building back into use.
Large scale projects were also awarded. In East Java, Indonesia, the firm of renowned local architect Indra Mateen won success for a grass-roofed airport that blends into the surrounding rice fields. Meanwhile, in the Iranian capital Tehran, the Argo Contemporary Art Museum and Cultural Center has been praised for breathing new life into a former brewery that had been out of use since before the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
The award organizers recognized a series of temporary community spaces in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, for providing a “dignified, sensitive and intelligent response to the emergency needs of the large influx of Rohingya refugees”. Credit: Asia Salman/Aga Khan Trust for Culture
This year’s shortlist and winners were selected from over 460 projects from around the world.
Previous winners include mosques, community buildings and colleges, as well as landmark projects such as Bangladesh’s Parliament Building, Qatar’s National Museum and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the six winners of the 2022 Aga Khan Award.