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"Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar" receives 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture


Source: Agha Khan Development Network

His Excellency Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic and His Highness the Aga Khan, presented the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture at the Castle of Sao Jorge in Lisbon on 6 September.

The five winning projects are:

Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar, Tabriz, Iran

Tabriz Bazaar - Detail of brick vaults (phot by Amir Anoushfar)

The Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex was officially protected in 1975 and has been covered by special stewardship measures until 2010, when it was added to the World Heritage List. The complex covers 27 hectares with over 5.5 kilometres of covered bazaars. Three different protection areas have been established (a nominated area, a buffer zone and a landscape zone), subject to special regulations incorporated into the planning instruments. The management framework is based on the participation of the ‘bazaaris’, together with municipal authorities and ICHTO’s Tabriz Bazaar Base.

General plan - Courtesy of Architect
Location: Tabriz, Iran (Central Asia)
Architect: ICHTO East Azerbaijan Office, Tabriz, Iran
Client: Tabriz Bazaari Community
Completed: 2006 ongoing
Design: 1994 ongoing
Site size: 27 ha

Since 2000, numerous complexes within the bazaar have been rehabilitated with the participation of the owners and tenants. Infrastructure has been improved and public facilities have been built.The Tabriz Bazaar is a unique example of urban conservation and development project in which heritage plays a catalyst role in rejuvenating the tangible and intangible memory of the historic city of Tabriz.




Muqarnas detail (phot by Amir Anoushfar)

Carpet market (phot by Amir Anoushfar)

Courtyard (phot by Amir Anoushfar)

Interior view of the bazaar before intervention (phot by Amir Anoushfar)

Shops on the courtyard (phot by Amir Anoushfar)


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