A ceremony held in Kazan, Russia, has revealed that Concrete, a building completed by architectural firm Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in March 2017 and commissioned by Alserkal, has been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. This marks the very first time a Dubai-based project has been shortlisted for the prominent award. Founded by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhas, Rotterdam-based OMA has completed various architectural marvels, with Concrete being the first structure built by the firm in the UAE.
An installation view of the structure. Courtesy of Alserkal Avenue
The Aga Khan Award For Architecture encourages use of the spaces in part, or wholly, by the Muslim community around the world. “I am proud that the first Dubai- based project to be shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is one that was commissioned to foster dialogue around the notion of preservation in the context of modern architecture,” says Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Founder of Alserkal. Since the inauguration of the building, Concrete has hosted five non-profit exhibitions in collaboration with famed institutions such as the Atassi Foundation for Arts & Culture and the Samdani Art Foundation.
An inside view of Concrete. Courtesy of Alserkal Avenue
Recipients of the Aga Khan Award For Architecture will receive a prize worth 1 million dollars. “Being shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is not just a milestone for Alserkal, but also a milestone for the city of Dubai, as it is being recognised as an epicentre for broader dialogue on the role of architecture in this region,” says Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal. “Concrete is not only about architecture, but it is about the impact it’s had on communities here, as it serves as a platform to present programming that not only challenges the conventional, but that also engages with diverse diasporas living in Dubai.”
Winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture will be announced late 2019
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