Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Winner

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Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Winner

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12 Sep 2019

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Ceremony

The Award Ceremony is happening tonight in Kazan, Russia.

There, the official Award book will be introduced.

This monograph includes essays on issues raised by the Master Jury’s selections of the shortlist and the winners for the 2019 Award, has been published by ArchiTangle Publishers, Berlin, Germany. They are a new publishing company and this is their first book.

AKAA 2019 Book cover:
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Winners Book

The book, Architecture in Dialogue, edited by Andres Lepik, includes descriptions and illustrations of the 20 shortlisted projects, including the six winning projects.

For more information, please see:
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Winners Book

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2 Sep 2019

2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner

X-Architects wins Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 with Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

X-Architects wins Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 with Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Architect: X-Architects, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Client: Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Completed: 2015

Site Area: 200,000 sqm

Winner selected from the 20 shortlisted projects for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, netting US$ 1 million in prize money. The shortlisted projects were located in 16 different countries.

The prestigious prize-giving ceremony in the historic centre city of Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, in the autumn of 2019.

Part of a much larger initiative by Sharjah’s Environment and Protected Areas Agency to clean up and rehabilitate this ancient chain of wetlands along the Persian Gulf coast, the Wasit Wetland Centre aims to supply information and education about this unique environment and to encourage its preservation.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © X-Architects Nelson Garrido

In designing the visitor centre, the architects took advantage of the site’s natural topography to minimise its visual impact by making it appear submerged into the ground.

Visitors descend a ramp to arrive at an angled intersection between two linear elements of the building: one, to the sides, containing services and administrative offices; the other, ahead, a long viewing gallery flanked by aviaries where birds can be seen in their natural habitat. At the far end of the viewing gallery, a third linear element, running perpendicular, houses a café and multipurpose space with views out over the open wetlands.

Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)

A cantilevered steel truss roof over the viewing gallery avoids the need for peripheral columns, allowing seamless glazed façades. The interior is deliberately minimalistic throughout, placing the full focus on the surrounding nature: informative displays are the only adornment on the supporting central wall.

Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah building
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)

The façade glazing is slightly tilted, to enhance reflections of the landscape for the birds while minimising reflections for people looking out. The floor being lower than the ground outside, a continuous concrete sill provides a place to sit and contemplate birds at their level.

Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah, UAE building
photo © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)

To counter the very hot desert climate, the roof is well insulated and the glass is shaded by its overhang. Some fabric shading is also provided over the aviaries. Rainwater harvested from the roof is discreetly directed to specific areas of the landscape via carefully placed spouts that are camouflaged by landscape elements.

Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah, UAE
photo © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)

Six bird hides scattered around a lake created in the middle of a 200,000m2 site follow a unified aesthetic but are each individually designed for their context, and employ some recycled wood and plastic in their construction, reinforcing the ecological message.

Ground floor plan layout:
Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah Ground floor plan
image © X-Architects

What had become a waste dumping ground has had its indigenous ecosystem restored, and is proving a popular place for visitors to appreciate and learn about their natural environment.

Wasit Wetland Centre Sharjah UAE architecture design

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlisted Projects

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist

Alioune Diop University Lecture Building Bambey, Senegal
Architect: IDOM, Bilbao, Spain
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Chérif Tall

Warka Water, Dorza, Ethiopia
Architect: Arturo Vittori, Rome, Italy
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Architecture and Vision Arturo Vittori

Ashinaga Uganda Dormitory Nansana, Uganda
Architect: Terrain Architects, Tokyo, Japan
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Jjumba Martin

Tadjourah SOS Children’s Village Tadjourah, Djibouti
Architect: Urko Sanchez Architects, Nairobi, Kenya
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Jjumba Martin

Muttrah Fish Market Muscat, Oman
Architect: Snøhetta, Oslo, Norway
Mutrah Fish Market Muscat
photography © Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions
Mutrah Fishmarket Muscat Building by Snohetta

Revitalization of Muharraq Muharraq, Bahrain
Architect: Authority for Culture & Antiquities Conservation Department, Manama, Bahrain
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Cemal Emden

Concrete at Alserkal Avenue Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architect: OMA: Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Cemal Emden
Concrete Venue Dubai Alserkal Avenue by OMA

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Mona El Mousfy, Sharmeen Azam Inayat, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Arriyadh Development Authority

Msheireb Museums Doha, Qatar
Architect: John McAslan + Partners, London, United Kingdom
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Cemal Emden

Jarahieh School, Al-Marj, Lebanon
Architect: CatalyticAction, London, United Kingdom
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Arriyadh Development Authority

Palestinian Museum Birzeit, Palestine
Architect: Heneganh Peng Architects, Dublin, Ireland
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Cemal Emden
Palestinian Museum Birzeit by Heneghan Peng Architects

Enghelab Street Rehabilitation Tehran, Iran
Architect: Iwvan Consultants, Tehran, Iran

Arcadia Education Project South Kanarchor, Bangladesh
Architect: Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Sanndro di Carlo Darsa

Amber Denim Loom Shed Gazipur, Bangladesh
Architect: Archeground, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Sandro di Carlo Darsa
Amber Denim Loom Shed by Archeground

Taman Bima Microlibrary, Bandung, Indonesia
Architect: SHAU Architects, Bandung, Indonesia
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Cemal Emden
Taman Bima Microlibrary by SHAU Architects

AM Residence Jakarta, Indonesia
Architect: Andramatin Architect, Jakarta, Indonesia
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Aga Khan Trust for Culture Cemal Emden
AM Residence by Andramatin Architect

Courtyard House Plugin, Beijing, China
Architect: People’s Architecture Office, Beijing, China
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © People’s Architecture Office
Courtyard House Plugin by People’s Architecture Office

Tatarstan Public Spaces Development Programme, various locations, Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Architect: Architecturny Desant Architectural Bureau, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Ivan Petrov

Beyazıt State Library Renovation, Istanbul, Turkey
Architect: Tabanlioğlu Architects, Istanbul, Turkey
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Shortlist
photograph © Emre Dörter Photography

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