Restoration of the Amiriya Complex - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Restoration of the Amiriya Complex

Restoration of the Amiriya Complex

Location: Rada, Yemen (Arabian Peninsula)
Architect: Selma Al-Radi
Client: General Organisation for Antiquities, Museums and Manuscripts, Government of the Netherlands
Completed: 2005
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Restoration of the Amiriya Complex Project Brief

A 16th-century Madrasa was restored following centuries of decay. Walls were rebuilt using limestone, baked brick and 'qudad' (a waterproofing mortar). The building was polished, re-plastered and an electrical grid was installed. Carved stucco decorations and tempera wall paintings covering the domes and prayer hall were also repaired. The ground floor has been turned into a museum, to commemorate the restoration work. As the first project of its kind in Yemen, it offered local workers the opportunity to revisit and learn traditional building methods.

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