Gallery: Our top picks from the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture shortlist

Held once every three years the Aga Khan Award for Architecture recognises buildings which have a particular relevance for Muslims. Here is a selection of 10 of the projects which have been selected.

The judges have announced a shortlist of 19 projects selected from 348 entries received from 69 countries.

It rewards new standards of excellence in contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, historic preservation, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment.


The basis for the award is “to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.”


The list in full:

» New Power Station, Baku, Azerbaijan; by Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

» Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh; by Marina Tabassum

» Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh; by URBANA/Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

» Micro Yuan’er, Beijing, China; by ZAO/standardarchitecture/Zhang Ke

» Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark; by BIG

» Manouchehri House, Kashan, Iran; by Akbar Helli, Shahnaz Nader

» Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran, Iran; by Diba Tensile Architecture/Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi

» 40 Knots House, Tehran, Iran; by Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadi Mirza

» Royal Academy for Nature Conservation, Um Al-Yanabea; Jordan; by Khammash Architects

» Bunateka Libraries, various locations, Kosova (Architect: Bujar Nrecaj Architects)

» Issam Fares Institute, Beirut, Lebanon; by Zaha Hadid Architects

» Guelmim School of Technology, Guelmim, Morocco; by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani, Mohamed Amine Siana

» Casa-Port New Railway Station, Casablanca, Morocco; by AREP and Groupe 3 Architectes

» Makoko Floating School, Lagos, Nigeria; by NLÉ/Kunlé Adeyemi

» Doha Tower, Doha, Qatar; by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

» King Fahad National Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; by Gerber Architekten International

» Thread: Artist Residency and Cultural Center, Sinthian, Senegal; by Toshiko Mori Architects

» Nasrid Tower Restoration, Huercal-Overa, Spain; by Castillo Miras Arquitectos

» Ceuta Public Library, Ceuta, Spain; by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos


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