Award Cycle:Status:RecipientLocation:Rada, YemenClient:General Organisation for Antiquities, Museums and Manuscripts, Government of the NetherlandsArchitect:Selma Al-RadiSize:2'000'000 m²Completed:2005
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.