Chinese Bridge School, Saudi Green Project Lauded in Aga Khan Awards – Bloomberg News

Wadi Hanifa Wetlands

Wadi Hanifa Wetlands near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, shortlisted for the Aga Khan Architecture Prize. Source: Aga Khan Foundation via Bloomberg

"Bridge School''

“Bridge School” by Li Xiaodong in Fujian Province, China. The structure connects the village of Xiashi that lies on two sides of a creek. Source: Aga Khan Foundation via Bloomberg


The Aga Khan Award for Architecture this year was won by five projects including a school built as a bridge uniting a Chinese village and the restored center of Tunisia’s capital Tunis.

The revitalization of a Saudi Arabian valley, a Spanish museum and a Turkish factory also share the biggest prize in architecture, according to a statement today by the organizers.

Winners will collect their prizes, totaling up to $500,000, this evening at Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He established the award in 1977 to “recognize architectural excellence” that addresses the needs of societies in which Muslims have a presence, according to the Aga Khan Development Network website.

“We look at pluralism in the Muslim world today,” said Omar Hallaj, chairman of the master jury, in Doha today. “The award embraces a Muslim world that is dynamic, innovative and creative and has helped create a better understanding of it.”

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