Doha has no shortage of space-age buildings, but one in particular has been shortlisted for an international architecture prize. Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) in Education City has been named one of the 30 buildings in the running for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Prize.
The buildings have been chosen for innovative thinking and excellence in execution, with projects ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes to residences, academic buildings and places of worship. QFIS joins the likes of New York’s Fulton Center, Canada’s clifftop-perched Tula House and Singapore’s dramatic Sky Garden in the race for the top spot.
Architects Ali Mangera and Ada Yvars Bravo drew inspiration from Islamic landmarks throughout history, focusing on themes of knowledge and light. QFIS falls under Hamad Bin Khalifa University and has a mission to lead research and debate around all subjects concerning Islam. Its education system is modelled on traditional masara – where worship and knowledge are combined in one place – and the building’s design encapsulates this with symbols, calligraphy and poetry relating to Islam’s civilisations and heritage.
The 30 buildings will be whittled down to just six by autumn, after the Grand Jury have visited each landmark over the next couple of months – led by award-winning architect Richard Rogers (the man behind London’s Millennium Dome).
It’s the first-ever global architecture award being awarded by RIBA, and the buildings competing come from more than 20 countries including Colombia, Ireland and Azerbaijan.
For more information visit www.qfis.edu.qa and www.architecture.com.
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