Conservation of the Sidi Bou Guertif Marabout
Tinejdad, Morocco

This project preserves a 200 year old tomb structure or marabout, the burial place of a "man of good will" a popular pilgrimage site regularly visited throughout the year and in particular on certain dates of celebration. The building consists of a single room with thick adobe walls, covered by a flat roof topped with a small dome. The preservation criteria included the exclusive use of traditional materials: water and earth obtained from the surrounding area; palm-tree wood used in slabs and lintels; palm branches used to cover the wooden structure of the slab; straw to mix with the mud; and juniper wood used to convey drainage water from the covering.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Tinejdad, Morocco
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Completed 2016
86 m²
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Conservation of the Sidi Bou Guertif Marabout
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area restoration
urban design and development
Aga Khan Award for Architecture