A two-storey house made of concrete and handcrafted stone. The balcony on the upper level is a steel construction with wooden floor finishing that extends towards the house. Aluminium frames and shutters are used for the windows; the latter are filled with handcrafted reed, helping the interior of the structure remain cool. The house requires little maintenance and is ideally suited for a person with a 'nomadic' lifestyle, seeking temporary accommodation.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a revival of the legendary ancient library built in classical Greek times. The rebuilding of the library has returned Alexandria to its former status as a centre for learning and exchange and provided the city with a landmark building. The spirit of international cooperation in which the library was conceived, funded, designed and implemented has been maintained in its management to create an institution that is truly global in its outlook. At the same time, the building is technically outstanding.
This programme aims to preserve the identity and character of the old city of Jerusalem, while also aiming to regenerate the local economy, thus improving the living conditions of the inhabitants who are mostly Arabs. Ì_This involves emergency restoration of buildings under threat, a training programme, and a community awareness campaign. Ì_To date nine restoration projects have been completed.
Twin 88-storey office towers built for a petroleum company and located in the Golden Triangle" commercial district. The project includes offices, a petroleum discovery centre, an art gallery, a 850-seat concert hall, a multi-media conference centre, underground parking for 7'000 cars, and a multi-storey shopping and entertainment gallery connecting the towers at their bases.
A primary school built cooperatively by a whole village community. Its clay walls are topped with a double roof structure of adobe and tin that blocks the heat of the sun, making the inside up to six degrees cooler than it would be with tin alone. Inspired by this model, two neighbouring villages now have their own new schools, built entirely with their own labour and funded by community members living away from home.
This mosque, noted for its decorated wood ceiling dates to the 12th century AD. Owing to the deterioration of the roof, the decorated ceiling was restored and some repair was also given to the overall structure.
Emergency housing for refugees, sponsored by UN agencies and designed by an architect at the Cal-Earth Institute. The arch-shaped adobe houses are seismically safe, impervious to weather conditions, and built using war materials. Sandbags are filled with on-site earth, arranged in layers and lined with strands of barbed wire to act as mortar. Stabilizers like cement, lime and asphalt emulsion are added to the structures, which are fired", turning the mud into a ceramic-like material. Ì_They measure 14 square metres each and, significantly, cost only $4 to construct."