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The 2017 Africa Architecture Awards, launched by founder Saint-Gobain, is the first Pan-African architecture prize that recognises the continent’s most noteworthy architectural projects.
“The Africa Architecture Awards have been established to highlight the continent‘s innovative and collaborative style of solving problems – architectural or otherwise,” says Evan Lockhart-Barker, Managing Director of Saint Gobain’s Retail Business Development Initiative. “Saint-Gobain has engaged with some of the best minds in the field to establish this programme, so that the awards are relevant, contextual and progressive. We look forward to seeing the future stars and collaborative efforts this initiative will reveal!”
With Sir David Adjaye as the official patron and a cash prize of $10 000 for the Grand Prix winner, it’s a brilliant opportunity for local architects to enter their projects. Entries close on 14 July 2017, with the awards ceremony being held on 28 September 2017 during the launch week of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town’s Silo District.
If you’re not an architect and simply want to vote for an outstanding piece of architecture, the People’s Choice Award voting is currently open until 18 August 2017.
Here’s a selection of notable projects from across Africa, in no particular order, that you can vote for. Visit africaarchitectureawards.com to read more about all of the projects, and to cast your vote.
1. Otunba Offices, Nigeria
2. Lagos’s Wooden Tower, Nigeria
3. The New Swiss Embassy, Ivory Coast
4. Merkato Complex Market, Ethiopia
5. Maryland Mall, Nigeria
6. One Airport Square, Ghana
7. The Savannah Sahel Heritage Museum, Ghana
8. Panzi Hospital New Mother & Baby Unit, Democratic Republic of Congo
9. A Journey of Life sacred space, Senegal