The six projects, all with equal merit, chosen by the international jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022, have in common that they are important structures for their communities, buildings that stand as examples of innovation and care for the environment.
Two of the winning projects were carried out in Bangladesh. The first, the Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah designed by Co.Creation.Architects / Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, Suhailey Farzana, are public spaces built along the river with gardens, paths, walkways, and cultural facilities. This is a landscape project in which the local community was involved to clean up the access to the Nabaganga River, thus succeeding in transforming an open dumping ground into an attractive multifunctional space that protects and enhances river biodiversity. The second project concerns community spaces for Rohingya refugees designed by architects Rizvi Hassan, Khwaja Fatmi, Saad Ben Mostafa on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. A project in which architecture becomes a tool for the reconstruction of human dignity.
Other winners include: the Banyuwangi International Airport in Blimbingsari, Indonesia, designed by Andramatin, which for the jury of the Aga Khan Award represents a model for future airports that the Indonesian government intends to build; The Argo Museum of Contemporary Art and Cultural Centre by ASA North / Ahmadreza Schricker, which has transformed a former brewery in the historic centre of Tehran, Iran, into a cultural hub dedicated to contemporary art with spaces for exhibitions and conferences; the renovation of the Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli-Lebanon, by East Architecture Studio; designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, the guest house had been abandoned in 1975 due to the outbreak of civil war and has now been transformed into a platform for promoting design and the local wood industry. Finally, the CEM Kamanar Secondary School designed by Dawoffice / David Garcia and Aina Tugores in Thionck Essyl in Senegal.This is a school campus built using local techniques in close symbiosis and harmony with its surroundings. In effect, the architects arranged the classrooms around existing large trees to take advantage of the shade created by their foliage as outdoor social spaces for the benefit of students and teachers.
Images courtesy of Aga Khan Award for Architecture/ Aga Khan Trust for Culture
01 Winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2020-2022 Cycle
02-04 Urban River Spaces © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Asif Salman (photographer)
05-07 Community Spaces in Rohingya Refugee Response, Cox’s Bazar © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Asif Salman (photographer)
08-10 Banyuwangi International Airport © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Mario Wibowo (photographer)
11-13 Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural CentreTehran © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)
14-16 CEM Kamanar Secondary School © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amir Anoushfar (photographer)
17-19 Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)