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20 Projects Shortlisted for US$ 1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Lisbon, 30 April 2013 — The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today by the Master Jury. The 20 nominees for the US$ 1 million prize range from a modern high rise apartment block to a bridge. Shortlisted projects are located in Afghanistan, Austria, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Palestine, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The shortlist includes:
1. Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat, Afghanistan
2. Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria
3. Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper, Gaoligong Mountain, China
4. Rehabilitation of Nagaur Fort, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
5. Mbaru Niang, Wae Rebo Village, Flores Island, Indonesia
6. Apartment No.1, Mahallat, Iran
7. Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar, Tabriz, Iran
8. Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Tripoli, Lebanon
9. Hassan II Bridge, Rabat, Morocco
10. Mohammed VI Soccer Academy, Salé, Morocco
11. Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis, Guelmim Region, Morocco
12. Revival of Birzeit’s Historic Centre, Birzeit, Palestine
13. Girubuntu Primary School, Kigali, Rwanda
14. Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, Limpopo, South Africa
15. Post-Tsunami Rehabilitation of Kirinda Houses, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
16. Hospitals in Sudan, Khartoum and Nyala, Sudan
17. Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Damascus, Syria
18. Kantana Film and Animation Institute, Nakhon Prathom, Thailand
19. The Met, Bangkok, Thailand
20. Thula Fort Restoration, Thula, Yemen

Farrokh Derakhshani, the Director of the Award, remarked: “The Master Jury, which includes some of the most prominent architects of our time, made interesting choices this year. For example, they chose schools in Afghanistan and Syria, but they also chose a hospital in Sudan, a high rise in Bangkok and the reconstruction of a refugee camp in Lebanon. In many ways, the choices reflect a central preoccupation of the Award: the impact of buildings and public spaces on the quality of life. Now this seems fairly mainstream, but we must remember that the Aga Khan Award has been talking about “human scale” and “sustainability” since 1977.”
The Award’s mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects — from innovative mud and bamboo schools to state of the art “green” high-rises — that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Since the Award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the award and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented.

The shortlisted projects are now being technically reviewed by a select group of architects, urban planners and engineers. The reviews, which emphasise both the impact on the quality of life and architectural excellence, will be submitted in June to the Master Jury for closer evaluation. Five to six finalists will then be selected and announced at a ceremony to be held in Lisbon in September 2013


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The Iceberg Wins The MIPIM 2013 Award

The Iceberg Wins The Mipim 2013 Award

CANNES – The residential apartment complex “The Iceberg” in Århus, Denmark designed by JDS Architects, Cebra, SeARCH and Louis Paillard wins the Mipim award for “Best Residential Project”. The award ceremony was held last Thursday, 14 March, in the main auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

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KKE Architects’ Riverside Centre wins AJ Retrofit Awards 2012

The Riverside, a higher educational building designed by KKE Architects for the University of Worcester, has won the Higher Education Building category of the AJ Retrofit Awards 2012.

The awards, created by the Architects’ Journal (‘the voice of architecture in Britain’), recognise the vision of clients and the skill of architects in re-purposing existing buildings to create cost-effective schemes with low energy usage and reduced carbon emissions. The innovative Riverside building, which appears purpose-built, but was in fact created from a former car dealership with associated workshops, has achieved a C energy performance rating (EPR): a significant achievement for a refurbishment and especially one created on a tight budget. At a total project cost of £2.3m, the scheme cost approximately half what it would have cost to build from scratch (at a £1000 per sq m rather than £2000 per sq m for a new scheme).

Martin Mayfield of award sponsors Arup commented on the ‘Higher Education Buildings’ category: “Universities and colleges must not only rationalise their estates, but improve their performance in response to the changing agenda on carbon, teaching, research and finance. Reducing carbon emissions while using more energy demands a strategic, long-term approach to estates management.” He also said of the winning and finalist projects “It’s inspiring to see the innovative ways in which these projects are dealing with these issues.”

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WAF 2012 Winner ‘Retail’ : The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop in Singapore / by P.A.C

The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop in Singapore, designed by P.A.C, has won the shopping award. The judges said it was ‘a successful expression of the HermanMiller brand, combining natural materials (wood) with desgin and new technology. The contouring of the ceiling which becomes a wall successfully creates a sereie of warm spaces and a comfortable environment.’

WAF 2012 Winner ‘Production Energy and Recycling’ : The SonyCorporation’s building in Osaki, Japan / by Nikken Sekkei

The SonyCorporation’s building in Osaki, Japan, designed by Nikken Sekkei, has won the production, factory and recycling category. The judges said it was: ‘an exemplary well-resolved high-rise industrial building with considerable environmental innovation’. They were impressed by the use of traditional materials for modern purposes. Read more about the project.The judges highly commended the Hexagon/ Aron R&D Centre in Tokai-city, Japan, designed by Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates. It was, they said, ‘a very well-executed scheme with much innovation and detail quality’.

WAF 2012 Winner ‘Display’ : Cooled conservatories at Gardens, Singapore / by Wilkinson Eyre

Wilkinson Eyre has won the display award for its cooled conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The judges commented: ‘This ambitious project from a fully integrated team is awe-inspiring in its scale and form, and sets a new standard for ecological and environmental design.’ The conservatories constitute, they added, ‘an icon without a signature architect.’ They were particularly impressed by the use of tree cuttings as an energy source.

WAF 2012 Winner ‘FP Masterplanning’ : Heart of Doha scheme, Qatar / by a Team Led by AECOM

A team led by AECOM is the winner of the future projects masterplanning award for the Msheireb Heart of Doha project in Qatar. The judges praised the project as ‘a fine-grained masterplan stitched in to the existing fabric of Doha’. It was, they said, ‘a creative, modernist interpretation of traditional arabic urbanism’ and ‘a great prototype for Middle Eastern urbanism’.

WAF 2012 Winner ‘Hotel and Leisure’ : Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden / by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

The Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden, designed by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, has won the hotel category. The judges praised the high level of ambiition which resulted in a solution that succeeded in urban terms and was also carried through to the guest experience. It was, they said, ‘refreshingly original in a genre where corporate hospitality interiors predominate’.