A serene 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 honoring new buildings in “communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.”
The designers behind the six winning projects, which were unveiled Thursday, will share a $1 million prize pot that is among the profession’s largest.
Schools and learning centers featured prominently in the 20-strong shortlist, with one — the Kamanar Secondary School in Senegal — included among the winners. Elsewhere, a renovation project in Tripoli, Lebanon, was recognized for bringing an abandoned building by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer back into use.
Larger-scale projects were honored, too. In Indonesia’s East Java, renowned local architect Andra Matin’s firm won for a grass-roofed airport that blends into the surrounding paddy fields. In the Iranian capital Tehran, meanwhile, the Argo Contemporary Art Museum and Cultural Centre was commended for breathing new life into a derelict former brewery which had been out of use since before the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Award organizers recognized a series of temporary community spaces in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, for providing “a dignified, sensitive and ingenious response to emergency needs related to the major influx of Rohingya refugees.” Credit: Asia Salman/Aga Khan Trust for Culture
This year’s shortlist and winners were selected from more than 460 projects from around the world.
Previous winners have included mosques, community building and colleges, as well as landmark projects like Bangladesh’s parliament building, the National Museum of Qatar and the Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the six winners of the 2022 Aga Khan Award.