1998 Cycle Awards Recipients - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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1998 Cycle Awards Recipients

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The Award Presentation Ceremony was held in The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhamra Arts CouncilAlhamra Arts Council
Location: Lahore, Pakistan (South Asia)
Architect: Nayyar Ali Dada
Completed: 1992
Site size: 16'730 m²
Alhamra Arts Council Project Brief
The complex comprises an 800-seat auditorium, a 500-seat theatre, an art gallery, and a music centre, housed in three separate wings; each based on octagonal forms. The structure is built of thick exposed brick and is reminiscent of Mughal forms. (Find out more)

Lepers HospitalLepers Hospital
Location: Lasur, India (South Asia)
Architect: Per Christian Brynildsen and Jan Olav Jensen
Completed: 1995
Site size: 8'000 m²
Lepers Hospital Project Brief
In 1983, Brynildsen and Jensen, then architectural students, visited the missionaries Clara and Leif Lerberg, who were ministering to lepers. The Lerbergs had been given a site by the local authorities for a leper hospital about 13 km from Chopda. The architects were asked by Mrs. Lerberg to devise a site plan for the facility that would provide a safe haven, a treatment centre, and headquarters for a village-to-village nursing programme. Brynildsen and Jensen created an elongated rectangular plan, bounded by continuous linear buildings that enclose a courtyard conceived as a paradise garden". Indigenous materials were used throughout. The boulder rock walls are load-bearing. Roofs are barrel vaults of brick resting on concrete beams on top of the walls. The vaults are held in tension by 20 mm steel rods. Floors are stone slab, window sills of slate stone, and the finished roofs of white glazed tiles that reflect the sun's heat. Openings are spanned by stone slabs or brick arches. Window frames and doors are of teak, and door frames are steel. More than 70 people worked on the site, and the only machine tools consisted of a truck used to transport materials and a concrete vibrator. Today, the Lepers Hospital serves hundreds of out-patients. Live-in patients work the fields around the enclave, and tend buffaloes for their milk. In the courtyard, trees and flowers give beauty and shade. The jury commended the architects for creating "an attractive and friendly sheltering enclave, within a barren and hostile environment. Out of minimal architectural form, they devised a design of stark simplicity that radiates calm." (Find out more)

Rehabilitation of Hebron Old TownRehabilitation of Hebron Old Town
Location: Hebron, Palestine (West Asia)
Architect: Engineering Office of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee
Completed: 1995
Site size: 270'000 m²
Rehabilitation of Hebron Old Town Project Brief
The continuing rehabilitation of an ancient city in order to revitalise the Old Town and preserve it's architectural heritage. To date, a total of 71 buildings have been restored. (Find out more)

Salinger ResidenceSalinger Residence
Location: Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia (South-East Asia)
Architect: CSL Associates / Jimmy CS Lim
Completed: 1992
Site size: 12'140 m²
Salinger Residence Project Brief
The Salinger House, located south of Kuala Lumpur, is a post-and-beam timber structure raised on stilts to reduce its impact on the land and the environment. As such, it is built in the traditional way of the Malays, yet is modern in a form that interprets rather than imitates Malay culture and reflects the client's Islamic faith. It has been designed with sustainable ecological principles in mind. Placed on a high elevation to reduce water run-off through the building during the monsoon rains, it is oriented to capture the prevailing winds. The plan is formed by two adjoining equilateral triangles, the larger for indoor living, the other a prow-like veranda. At the ground level is a hexagonal granite core containing the entrance, a small foyer, a toilet, and stairs leading to the first floor living room, dining area, kitchen and bedroom in the living triangle, and to the veranda; the stairs continue to the second floor dressing room, master bedroom, and study. The house was built completely by hand by traditional Malay carpenters. The only machinery used was a small cement mixer. Except for the handmade roof tiles, it was constructed throughout with a very dense timber highly resistant to water and termites. The jury found that the house demonstrates that high technology and energy-depleting services can be renounced if sufficient craft and creativity are deployed, and that the deeper meaning of a vernacular architectural tradition can be combined with the surroundings of contemporary everyday life. (Find out more)

Slum Networking of Indore CitySlum Networking of Indore City
Location: Indore, India (South Asia)
Architect: Himanshu Parikh
Completed: 1997
Site size: 8'000'000 m²
Slum Networking of Indore City Project Brief
Slum Networking is a community driven approach which sees slums not as resource draining liabilities, but as opportunities of sustainable change for the city as a whole. The programme involves the building of low-cost service trunks which include gravity-based systems of sewerage and storm drainage, the planting of gardens, and the surfacing of roads. In addition, 120 community halls have been constructed for health, educational, and training activities. (Find out more)

Tuwaiq PalaceTuwaiq Palace
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Arabian Peninsula)
Architect: OHO Joint Venture, Atelier Frei Otto, Buro Happold, Omrania
Completed: 1985
Site size: 75'000 m²
Tuwaiq Palace Project Brief
The layout seeks to maximize harmony with the site configuration and the idea of an oasis with terraces, courtyards, and caves enclosed within a sinuous outer wall. Along the wall, three tent-like structures attach themselves. (Find out more)

Vidhan BhavanVidhan Bhavan
Location: Bhopal, India (South Asia)
Architect: Charles Correa
Completed: 1996
Site size: 85'000 m²
Vidhan Bhavan Project Brief
Government administration facilities comprising of two chambers, one for 366 members and the other for 75 members. The building also contains offices for ministers and their staff, a concert hall, a library, a large entrance court, and a courtyard. (Find out more)

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