MTA and URBANA from Bangladesh have Won Aga Khan Architecture Award 2016
The Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka by Marina Tabassum Architects / MTA and the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury / URBANA have won Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The winners were announced by the Award Committee yesterday on 2nd of October . These two are among the six projects that have won the award this year.
The projects from Bangladesh, which were selected by the Master Jury from amongst 348 projects nominated for the 13th Award cycle, were shortlisted with other 19 projects in May this year. (Click HERE for detail about the shortlisted projects)
The Bait Ur Rouf Mosque: “In a transitional area caught between urban hyper-density and rural proximity, the terracotta mosque is an exquisitely proportioned building that is both elegant and eternal. Funded primarily by community donors, the mosque design challenges the status quo and understands that a space for prayer should elevate the spirit. The mosque does so through the creation of an interior space that is rich with light and shadow, but at the same time possesses a robust simplicity that allows for deep reflection and contemplation in prayer.” (Source: Aga Khan Award for Architecture and archdaily)
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) is presented every three year to architectural projects that set new standards of excellence and successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies. Since the Award was launched, 5 projects (including recent 2 awardees) have been awarded. Other 3 projects from Bangladesh that previously received the Award were Grameen Bank Housing program (1987-89), National Assembly Building (1987-89), School in Rudrapur (2005-07).
/// Other projects that have won the award this year (2016) are –
Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing, China / ZAO/standardarchitecture, Zhang Ke
Issam Fares Institute, Beirut, Lebanon / Zaha Hadid Architects
Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark / BIG + Topotek 1 + Superflex
Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge , Tehran, Iran / Diba Tensile Architecture, Leila Araghian + Alireza Behzadi
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