ARCHiNOS Surveys Psychedelic Versailles

6 June 2010

The Sakakini Palace, built in 1897, is probably one of the most bizarre building in Cairo. Its plentiful statues, niches, columns, and consoles in purely French Baroque style are piled in a wedding-cake manner on a four-fronted building where the novelty of an electric elevator made it possible to put luxury rooms on all floors. Between October 2009 and May 2010, an ARCHINOS team led by Yasmine Sabry produced full documentation of the palace comprising architectural drawings, photographic record, and a documentary film by Mattia Fiumani, as well as a conservation study and conservation recommendations. In the next step, ARCHiNOS is going to design the adaptive reuse of the interiors for the Museum of Medicine for the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities’ Museums Department.

 

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