(Oman): The Aga Khan Award for Architecture – one of the largest projects in the field of architecture – has announced 20 shortlisted projects for the price cycle for 2022. Ten (2020-2022) and the project “Rehabilitation of the Post Office of Manama “. , which was implemented by Anne Holtrop Studio in Manama, and built in 1937, qualified by Bahrain. New in existing building.
From Bangladesh, the project “Community Spaces in Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis” in Teknaf District, implemented by architects Razavi Hassan, Khawaja Fatima and Saad bin Mustafa, which are structures built in a consistent manner in most camps large numbers of refugees in the world. and collaboration is conducted on the ground without the need to develop plans or models.
In addition to the “Urban River Spaces” project in the Al-Junaida area, which was implemented by the “Ebdaa Architects Company” under the supervision of landscape architect Khondkir Hasibal Al-Kabeer. In providing walkways, gardens and cultural facilities, in addition to the efforts being made to preserve the environment and increase biodiversity along the river.
In addition, the project “Cape Verde”, which is the “Program for the rehabilitation of several neighborhoods” (Otros Barrios) in the town of Mindelo on Cape Verde, implemented by the initiative “Otros Barrios” under the supervision of architect Nono. Flores, who contributed to the urban rehabilitation of several neighborhoods in the area and the restoration of the Design of Public Spaces to allow residents to perform a range of tasks in their residential neighborhoods, as well as to increase their sense of belonging.
As for India, the project “Lilavati Lalbhai Library at the University of Environmental Planning and Technology Center” in Ahmedabad, India was qualified, which was implemented by “Rahul Mehrotra Architects” led by architect Rahul Mehrotra. The library is a living case study of relaxation strategies as well as seamlessly integrating with the existing campus forming its unique identity.
From Indonesia, qualified the project “Plimpingsari Airport” in Banyuwangi, implemented by architect Andhra Mateen. The airport serves more than 110,000 domestic passengers daily and the airport roofs show clear divisions between departure and arrival halls.
In addition, the “Expandable House” project in Batam, Indonesia, which was implemented by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology under the supervision of a design team consisting of Stephen Kearns (Professor of Architecture and Design Theory), researcher Mia Irawati, Azwan .Aziz, and architectural photography Dio Guna Putra and Semadi Rahman.The new prototype of sustainable housing has been created to take a flexible form that responds to the unsustainable resources of the population over time.
As for Iran, the Aban House project in Isfahan was qualified and implemented by USA Studio founded by Muhammad Arab and Mina Moin al-Dini.
In addition to the project “Argo Museum of Contemporary Art and Cultural Center” in Tehran, designed by Ahmad Reza Shreiker Architects – North, various and prominent materials distinguish new additions from the historical brick fabric of this museum of contemporary art located in a factory abandoned beer. He is 100 years old.
In addition to the Jedgal Elementary School project in Syed Bar village, which was implemented by the Dazs Architecture Office, which was founded by Arash Aliabadi. Villagers and teachers run the primary school, while tourism activities and embroidery work by local women fund the school, which is a center for sustainable development for the surrounding areas.
From Lebanon, the project for the “renovation of the Niemeyer Farmer House” in Tripoli, which was implemented by the “Orient Studio of Architecture” designed by Oscar Niemeyer, qualified, but it was abandoned when the civil war broke out in 1975, when the hostel was transformed into a design platform and production facility for the wood processing industry.local.
The State of Kuwait qualified the project “Wind Tower in Al-Wafra” in the city of Kuwait, which was implemented by the International Architecture Group, which consists of 13 floors and is designed as a wind tower as a natural solution to the problem of hot climate, in addition to its enjoyment with a central vertical courtyard that provides natural ventilation for every residential unit.
As for Morocco, the note “Improvement of Wadi Essi” in the city of Ait Mansour in Morocco, which was implemented by architect Salima Naji, was described as an improvement of palm trees and water reservoirs, in addition to the improvement and improvement of paths and facilities. intended for tourists in the first phase of a larger project targeting the valley area.
From Nigeria, the Niamey 2000 project in Niamey, Niger, which was implemented by architect Mariam Camara in collaboration with United Design and Yasmin Ismaili, Elizabeth Golden, Philip Straiter, qualified in response to the housing shortage amid rapidly expanding areas urban. as required by this model The initial housing unit with six families increased the density while remaining culturally appropriate.
From Palestine qualified the project “Tulkarem Court” in the city of Tulkarm, which was implemented by the office “EU Anastas”, includes two buildings, the first for administrative buildings and the other contains 10 courtrooms. The main building is directly connected to the front public space, which anchors the building in its close urban context and offers the citizens of Tulkarm a collection space.
For Senegal, the CEM Kamanar High School project in Thionque Isil, Senegal was implemented, implemented by Dow Office Architects. ventilation, which contributes to the cooling of the air through the evaporation of water.
From Sri Lanka, the Lanka Educational Center project in Barangyamadu district, implemented by the Veet Collective architecture office under the supervision of architect Felix Lubach, qualified as a multifunctional cultural center and adult school, in addition to this center. is a meeting point between different races and contributes to the education of local handicrafts.
Tunisia qualifies “Park of Africa” project in Zarzis, Tunisia, founded by Algerian plastic artist Rachid Al-Quraishi, is a cemetery for victims of irregular boat migration, offers a shrine and a dignified place . place for the final rest of the hundreds of bodies found by the sea.
From Turkey, the project “Rehabilitation of Old Tarsus Gin” has been qualified in Tarsus, Turkey, implemented by SAICA Architectural Consulting and Construction. The adaptive reuse of abandoned 19th-century gin allows the operation of a contemporary center for archaeological research and public participation.
And from the UAE he qualified for the project “Rehabilitation of UFOs” in Sharjah, which was implemented by the architectural design studio “Space Continent”, which is managed by architect Mona Al-Musfi. As a community art space, it also contributes to the revival of collective cultural memory in Sharjah.
The shortlisted projects will be subject to rigorous on-site reviews by a team of independent experts, most of whom are architects, conservation and restoration specialists, planners or structural engineers. After that, the top jury will meet for the second time this summer to study – Browse the sites and select the final award winners. Photographs of the 20 selected projects will also be on display at the Kings Cross Gallery in London from 2-30 June, as part of the Kings Cross outdoor art project, which coincides with the London Architecture Festival. .