Architects of the Year – Asif Khan Ltd.

UK Pavilion at the Astana Expo 2017 »Future Energy« in Kazakhstan 2017 (Photo: Luke-Hayes)

The architect and industrial designer Asif Khan, born in 1979, whose roots are in Pakistan and Tanzania, displayed interest very early in life in art and science – and realised that becoming an architect and designer would enable him to optimally combine these two fields. He completed his degree at the Bartlett School University College London (UCL) in 2004. Immediately after graduating in 2007 with a degree in architecture from the Architectural Association, Mr Khan founded his own design studio under the name Asif Khan Ltd. But while at university, he had already created quite a stir with his first project,»West Beach Cafe«. The distinctive style of this young architect and designer was already in evidence in the design of »West Beach Cafe« – a style that he has continued to employ in his designs since then and which are notable for their unconventional, ground-breaking approaches that translate into amazing and arresting creations. His most recent projects include the Hyundai Pavilion in Pyeongchang (2018) and the UK’s »Future Energy« Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan.

Hyundai Pavilion in Pyeongchang, 2018 (Photo: Luke-Hayes)

Statement of the jury

Although Asif Khan’s »official« title is architect and designer, these monikers don’t come close to characterising the interdisciplinary and holistically thinking creator of such magnificent projects as the recent Hyundai Pavilion in Pyeongchang (2018) or the intriguing MegaFaces Pavilion in Sochi (2014). Perhaps Mr Khan is simply best described as an artist, given that his projects resemble complex installations in which he combines, with exceptional virtuosity, architecture, interior design, industrial and furniture design, and light and space into something completely new and unseen. But in bringing his projects to fruition, Mr Khan never loses sight of the social dimension, without which his work would be unthinkable. Many people feel that Mr Khan is currently one of the world’s most influential architects, and thus the architectural community waits with bated breath to see what he will come up with next.

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