Conservation of Sidi Bou Saïd - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Conservation of Sidi Bou Saïd

Conservation of Sidi Bou Saïd
Location: Tunis, Tunisia (North Africa)
Architect: Municipality Technical Bureau / Mohamed El-Aziz Ben Achour, Sanda Popa
Client: Municipality of Sidi Bou Said
Completed: 1973
Site size: 1'630'000 m²

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Conservation of Sidi Bou Saïd Project Brief

This former summer resort village has become a year-round residential area of Tunis. Built on a hill above a magnificent cliff and the Bay of Carthage, the natural beauty of the site enhances the interest of the town. The buildings are a mix of Mauresque and some Italianate elements organised contiguously along a tangled pattern of streets surrounding the central mosque and suq. A management plan prepared by the District of Tunis, enacted in 1978, sets directions for the control of development and land use.

1980 Award Recipients