Restoration and Preservation of Kifil Minaret
Kifil, Iraq
The Minaret was constructed at the beginning of the 14th century but due to climatic conditions and human interventions over time, it had become heavily damaged, including leaning so severely that a massive steel supporting structure was built around it. A stepped approach was taken: soil improvement, architectural and structural consolidation, and, then, restoration of the decoration. The guiding philosophy was "the least intervention" principle. However, because of the extensive amount of damage, the project also incorporated Nara charter regulations for using modern constructs in dealing with the parts that were in critical condition. Restoration has refreshed the historic heart of the town.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Kifil, Iraq
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Completed 2014
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Restoration and Preservation of Kifil Minaret
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area restoration
urban design and development
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominee