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05/16/16

Three Iranian projects competing for Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Source: Tehran Times

Three Iranian projects were shortlisted with 16 other works from around the world for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture worth $1 million. The projects are the Manouchehri House in the central Iranian city of Kashan, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge and the 40 Knots House, both located in Tehran.


This combination photo shows the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge (L), the Manouchehri House (C) and the 40 Knots House.

The Manouchehri House is a restored 19th century merchant home, 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.

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.

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

A jury composed of Suad Amiry from Palestine, Emre Arolat from Turkey, Akeel Bilgrami from the U.S., Luis Fernandez-Galiano from Spain, Hameed Haroon from Pakistan, Lesley Lokko from South Africa, Mohsen Mostafavi from England, Dominique Perrault from France and Hossein Rezai from Singaporenine will announce the winners during an award ceremony, which will be held this autumn in Geneva, Switzerland.

Projects from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Denmark, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Senegal and Spain have been shortlisted for the award.

 

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