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ZHA’s Beirut faculty shortlisted for $1m Aga Khan Award

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ cantilevered new faculty for the American University of Beirut (AUB) is among 19 finalists competing for the prestigious Aga Khan Award

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (pictured) has been shortlisted for the $1 million award just six weeks after Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack.

If awarded posthumously, the prize would add to Hadid’s unrivalled list of accolades which includes the Pritzker Prize, Praemium Imperiale, two Stirling Prizes and RIBA Gold Medal.

Launched in 1977, the Aga Khan Award celebrates projects which achieve architectural excellence and also improve the overall quality of life for society.

ZHA’s 3,000m² project for AUB was won in an international competition 10 years ago. Completed in 2014, the long-awaited project features offices, seminar rooms, workshops, an underground auditorium, reading room, lounge and roof terrace.

Other projects competing for the high-profile triennial gong include BIG’s Superkilen linear public space in Copenhagen and Doha Tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

The master jury will complete an on-site review of each of the finalist schemes before announcing a winner later this year.

Jury members include Emre Arolat of Istanbul-based Emre Arolat Architecture, Dominique Perrault and Harvard Graduate School of Design dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

The awards are overseen by a steering committee chaired by the Aga Khan and featuring David Adjaye and AKTII co-founder Hanif Kara.

The full shortlist

New Power Station, Baku by Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka by Marina Tabassum
Friendship Centre, Gaibandha by URBANA / Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

Kashef Friendship Centre

Kashef Friendship Centre

Micro Yuan’er, Beijing by ZAO/standardarchitecture / Zhang Ke

Superkilen, Copenhagen by BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group

Manouchehri House, Kashan by Akbar Helli, Shahnaz Nader
Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran by Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi
40 Knots House, Tehran by Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadi Mirza

Royal Academy for Nature Conservation, Um Al-Yanabea by Khammash Architects

Bunateka Libraries, Various Locations by Bujar Nrecaj Architects

Issam Fares Institute, Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects

Guelmim School of Technology, Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani, Mohamed Amine Siana
Casa-Port New Railway Station, Casablanca by AREP and Groupe 3 Architectes

Makoko Floating School, Lagos by NLÉ - Shaping the Architecture of Developing Cities / Kunlé Adeyemi

Makoko Floating School  Lagos  Nigeria by NLE  c  NLE

Makoko Floating School Lagos Nigeria by NLE c NLE

Doha Tower, Doha by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

King Fahad National Library, Riyadh by Gerber Architekten International

Thread: Artist Residency and Cultural Center, Sinthian by Toshiko Mori Architects

Nasrid Tower Restoration, Huercal-Overa by Castillo Miras Arquitectos
Ceuta Public Library, Ceuta by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos




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