2 Bangladeshi projects among 20 shortlisted for Aga Khan Architecture Award

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25th April, 2019 01:55:01 printer

2 Bangladeshi projects among 20 shortlisted for Aga Khan Architecture Award

Two Bangladeshi architectural projects have been included in the shortlist of 20 projects prepared for 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

These two projects are- Arcadia Education Project in South Kanarchor and Amber Denim Loom Shed  in Gazipur, said a press release on Thursday.

Arcadia Education Project, in South Kanarchor, a modular amphibious structure – incorporating space for a preschool, a hostel, a nursery and a vocational training centre – which is tied down on a riverine site that is often flooded for five months every year.  

Amber Denim Loom Shed, in Gazipur, a new design that combines traditional Bangladeshi residential architecture and contemporary elements in a large open space that accommodates  machines, a buyers’ lounge, a dining space, a prayer area and washrooms. 

The 20 shortlisted projects for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on Thursday.  The projects will compete for US$ 1 million in prize money, said the release.

In January, an independent Master Jury reviewed hundreds of nominations. The 20 shortlisted projects   are now undergoing rigorous investigations by a team of experts who visit and evaluate each project on-site. 

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects – from slum upgrading to high-rise “green” buildings – that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life.

The Award not only rewards architects, but also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master artisans and engineers who have played important roles in the realization of a project.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).   It currently operates 1,000 or so programmes and institutions in 30 countries − many of which date back over 60 years, and some over 100.