The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has unveiled its 2016 winners. Presented every three years, the prestigious award celebrates the projects that continue to push architectural benchmarks alongside exemplary responsible practices including landscape and historical preservation. Some of the most outstanding contemporary architects – think Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry – have either been past winners or sat on the jury list.

For this year's edition, six winners were announced: the Issam Fares Institute in Lebanon (Zaha Hadid Architects), the Superkilen in Denmark (BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex), the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque (Marina Tabassum) and Friendship Centre (Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA) in Bangladesh, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge (Diba Tensile Architecture/Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi) in Iran and the Cha'er Hutong Children's Library and Art Centre (ZAO/standardarchitecture/Zhang Ke) in China. Also, Al Ain's Al Jahili fort has been named venue for the official awards ceremony, marking the first time that the highly anticipated event will be held in the UAE.

Take a look at the winning projects now...

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Then, read Buro 24/7 Middle East's interview with Turkish architect Melkan Gursel.