Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001.
This SOS complex for
orphaned children is located in the residential outskirts of the city of Aqaba,
on the Red Sea. A prerequisite of SOS Villages International is that they
should be built within an existing social environment so that they are not isolated
from it. This was the second such village to be constructed in Jordan. The
first is in the capital, Amman, and was completed in 1986; and the third is in
Irbid, and was completed in 2000. All three were designed by Jafar Tukan &
Partners. The architecture represents a modern interpretation of local
vernacular stone buildings. The scale of the village is dictated by its
environmentally sensitive design, and also relates to its intimate urban
setting. The complex comprises eight family houses, a staff house, an
administration building, a guest house, and the village director's residence.
All are planned around a village square and are connected via pedestrian paths,
gardens, and alleyways. Vaulted archways lead to shaded courts, and gardens
surround the buildings. Facilities that are shared with the local community,
namely a kindergarten, a supermarket, a pharmacy, and a sports hall, are
located at the southern border of the site, close to the main road. The project
was a recipient of the 2001 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
SOS Children's Village On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2001.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.