Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Three Iranian projects shortlisted for 2016 Aga Khan Award

Three Iranian project, including Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in Tehran, are among the 19 projects competing to win $1 million in the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The projects are the Manouchehri House, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge and the 40 Knots House, according to dezeen architecture magazine.

The Aga Khan Award is awarded in recognition of architecture and infrastructure projects that demonstrate design excellence, but also address the needs and aspirations of societies where Muslims have a significant presence.

The 19 selected projects cover 14 different countries, including Senegal, Kosovo and Jordan.

They were chosen from a longlist of 348, by a panel of judges that included architects Emre Arolat and Dominique Perrault, as well as Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and Columbia University philosophy professor Akeel Bilgrami.

A team of architects, conservation specialists and structural engineers will now visit each of the projects and produce a detailed assessment. The judges will use these reports to decide which projects might be given a share of the $1 million (£700,000) prize.

About three Iranian projects

The Manouchehri House is a restored 19th century merchant home in Kashan, which has been converted into a boutique hotel and textile center by Akbar Helli. The house belonged to Saba Manouchehri Kashani.

The house also contains textile workshops for brocade, silk, cotton and velvet weaving. In addition, it is home to one of the city’s finest dining establishments, a contemporary art gallery, a handicraft shop and a subterranean movie house.

Manouchehri House

Manouchehri House, Kashan

The Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge is a huge infrastructure that connects two parks separated by a highway in northern Tehran. The bridge has become a popular urban space since it was completed in 2014.

The 270-meter-long curved bridge was designed by Leila Araqian and was implemented by Nosazi Abbasabad Co.

Tabiat btidge

 Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran

The 40 Knots House is a five-storey building that has been nominated for the award for its façade constructed by bricks based on a Persian carpet design. The structure has been designed by Habibeh Majdabadi and Alireza Mashhadi-Mirza.


40 Knots House, Tehran

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