2004 Cycle Awards Recipients - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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2004 Cycle Awards Recipients

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The Award Presentation Ceremony was held in New Delhi, India

B2 HouseB2 House
Location: Canakkale, Turkey (Asia)
Architect: Han Tümertekin
Completed: 2001
Site size: 400 m²
B2 House Project Brief
A two-storey house made of concrete and handcrafted stone. The balcony on the upper level is a steel construction with wooden floor finishing that extends towards the house. Aluminium frames and shutters are used for the windows; the latter are filled with handcrafted reed, helping the interior of the structure remain cool. The house requires little maintenance and is ideally suited for a person with a 'nomadic' lifestyle, seeking temporary accommodation. (Find out more)

Bibliotheca AlexandrinaBibliotheca Alexandrina
Location: Alexandria, Egypt (North Africa)
Architect: Snohetta Hamza Consortium
Completed: 2002
Site size: 45'000 m²
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Project Brief
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a revival of the legendary ancient library built in classical Greek times. The rebuilding of the library has returned Alexandria to its former status as a centre for learning and exchange and provided the city with a landmark building. The spirit of international cooperation in which the library was conceived, funded, designed and implemented has been maintained in its management to create an institution that is truly global in its outlook. At the same time, the building is technically outstanding. (Find out more)

Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation ProgrammeOld City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme
Location: Old City, Jerusalem (West Asia)
Architect: OCJRP Technical Office / Shadia Touqan
Completed: 1996
Site size: 871'000 m²
Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme Project Brief
This programme aims to preserve the identity and character of the old city of Jerusalem, while also aiming to regenerate the local economy, thus improving the living conditions of the inhabitants who are mostly Arabs. This involves emergency restoration of buildings under threat, a training programme, and a community awareness campaign. To date nine restoration projects have been completed. (Find out more)

Petronas Office TowersPetronas Office Towers
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (South-East Asia)
Architect: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Completed: 1999
Site size: 58'000 m²
Petronas Office Towers Project Brief
Twin 88-storey office towers built for a petroleum company and located in the Golden Triangle" commercial district. The project includes offices, a petroleum discovery centre, an art gallery, a 850-seat concert hall, a multi-media conference centre, underground parking for 7'000 cars, and a multi-storey shopping and entertainment gallery connecting the towers at their bases. (Find out more)

Primary SchoolPrimary School
Location: Gando, Burkina Faso (West Africa)
Architect: Francis Diebedo Kéré
Completed: 2001
Site size: 30'000 m²
Primary School Project Brief
A primary school built cooperatively by a whole village community. Its clay walls are topped with a double roof structure of adobe and tin that blocks the heat of the sun, making the inside up to six degrees cooler than it would be with tin alone. Inspired by this model, two neighbouring villages now have their own new schools, built entirely with their own labour and funded by community members living away from home. (Find out more)

Restoration of Al-Abbas MosqueRestoration of Al-Abbas Mosque
Location: Asnaf, Yemen (Arabian Peninsula)
Architect: Marylène Barret, Abdullah al-Hadrami
Completed: 1996
Restoration of Al-Abbas Mosque Project Brief
This mosque, noted for its decorated wood ceiling dates to the 12th century AD. Owing to the deterioration of the roof, the decorated ceiling was restored and some repair was also given to the overall structure. (Find out more)

Sandbag SheltersSandbag Shelters
Location: Ahwaz, Iran (Central Asia)
Architect: Cal-Earth Institute, Nader Khalili
Completed: 1995
Site size: 2'200 m²
Sandbag Shelters Project Brief
Emergency housing for refugees, sponsored by UN agencies and designed by an architect at the Cal-Earth Institute. The arch-shaped adobe houses are seismically safe, impervious to weather conditions, and built using war materials. Sandbags are filled with on-site earth, arranged in layers and lined with strands of barbed wire to act as mortar. Stabilizers like cement, lime and asphalt emulsion are added to the structures, which are fired", turning the mud into a ceramic-like material. They measure 14 square metres each and, significantly, cost only $4 to construct." (Find out more)

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