The initial building programme included the construction of a partial basement and two upper floors to accommodate offices for the Ministry of Public Works, and Municipalities. The building was erected using a concrete frame construction technology with local, cut-stone infill. Enlargements to the original building were subsequently required, and two floors were added and were designed to match the previous construction and to accommodate the new Ministry offices. The building is characterized by typical Yemeni orientation: horizontal stone bands on the façade for floor demarcation, arched stone openings, coloured glass fan lights with plaster of Paris mullions, and locally crafted window hardware.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture