Beit Sari Restoration
Sana'a, Yemen
As part of an on-going restoration project carried out by the General Organisation for the Preservation of Historic Cities and foreign funders, the Italian government has chosen to sponsor the restoration of the Beit Sari. It is a typical example of traditional Yemeni architecture, especially in its rich exterior decorations, spacious interior, mud walls, and variety of window types. The antiquity of the alabaster windows on the eastern exterior and the interior third floor windows is well authenticated to c.1540. These pairs of circular windows, one held above the other within a single arch frame, are unique to this period. Based on the existing deed of sale, the house itself dates to the 14th Century, although it has undergone a number of changes since. The house is also notable for its elaborate ornamentation around the door and striped stone work on the façade, all of which arc unique in this quarter. Owing to the importance of Beit Sari to the architectural heritage of the Old City and the degradation of the socio-economic conditions of the surrounding area, the Yemeni government with the technical cooperation of the Italian government carried out the first restoration of Beit Sari in 1990. This restoration featured the use of traditional Yemeni craftwork to encourage the continuity of this heritage, and as an example for future maintenance of the Old City monuments. Beit Sari consists of four floors and a new mafraj (c. 1940) built over the old open courtyard, and a roof terrrace. This restoration project is part of the larger Old Sana'a conservation project. 

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Location
Sana'a, Yemen
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Events
restored 1990
14th c.
Dimensions
Ground floor area: 175 m²; total site area: 175 m²
Variant Names
Beit Sari Restoration
Bayt Sari
Variant
Sari House
Variant
Building Usages
private residence
residential
Keywords
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlisted Project