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9 MENA Buildings Shortlisted for Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Some buildings are considered to be more than mere architectural works. When thoughtfully designed, they become forms of art that deserve to be awarded. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is an award presented every 3 years to infrastructure projects that demonstrate design excellence, but also highlight the needs and aspirations of significant Muslim societies. Out of the 348 entries from 69 countries, 19 of them have been shortlisted, and 9 of them are from the MENA region!

Check out these 9 beautiful creations below, all competing for the 1 million dollar prize and one of the most lucrative architectural prizes in the world!

  1. Issam Fares Institute, Beirut, Lebanon; the late Zaha Hadid’s first building in the Arab worldAga-Khan-Award-1
  2. Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran, Iran; Iran’s largest pedestrian bridge by Diba Tensile Architecture/Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi.
  3. Royal Academy for Nature Conservation, Um Al-Yanabea,Jordan; a lone building surrounded by nature, by Khammash ArchitectsAga-Khan-Award-3
  4. 40 Knots House, Tehran, Iran; An Iranian mesh of Persian Carpet by Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadi MirzaAga-Khan-Award-4
  5. Manouchehri House, Kashan, Iran; rebuilt and renovated to preserve history by Akbar Helli, Shahnaz NaderAga-Khan-Award-5
  6. Guelmim School of Technology, Guelmim, Morocco; connects buildings with a series of canopies creating sheltered canopies by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani, Mohamed Amine SianaAga-Khan-Award-6
  7. Casa-Port New Railway Station, Casablanca, Morocco; prepared to welcome 25 million passenger trips in the future by AREP and Groupe 3 Architects Aga-Khan-Award-7
  8. Doha Tower, Doha, Qatar; a steel latticed tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel Aga-Khan-Award-8
  9. King Fahad National Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; by Gerber Architekten InternationalAga-Khan-Award-9
After detailed assessment, the committee will decide who gets the award! We wish them all luck and appreciate the beauty of Middle Eastern architecture!
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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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