Al-Fakahani Mosque, Cairo: Emergency Intervention

Emergency repairs to the critically endangered section of the roof over al-Fakahani Mosque located on the main street of the mediaeval core of Cairo. Unprofessional conservation attempts in the early 2000s resulted in heavy overloading of wooden roofing beams, many of which buckled and cracked in the western section of the roof. The condition was aggravated by torrential rains in the early 2013.

Faulty roof-cover was removed and replaced with a lightweight structure; all original historic material was retained after repairs and reinforcements. The work was done primarily by local craftsmen and using traditional techniques and materials, except where necessary for structural safety.

The project, carried out by ARCHiNOS Architecture under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities, was affiliated with the Cairo Department of the German Archaeological Institute and was funded by Prince Claus Fund for Cultural Development in the Netherlands (follow the link for more information).

2013, Mu’izz Liddin Allah Street, Historic Cairo

Project Director: Agnieszka Dobrowolska
Site Manager: Mahmud al-Badawi