Fakhry Agrilodge and Farm Administration
Tanta, Egypt
The client for this project runs an organic farm and wanted new administrative facilities and an eco-lodge for tourists. An existing abandoned structure was selected as the base because of it workable plan form and strong foundations. This was extended with a load-bearing dome and vault system. As well as being appropriate to the organic aesthetic, this building technique revived a vernacular craft and offered a low-energy solution, with high thermal mass, natural lighting controlled by shutters and ventilation encouraged by the dual orientation of rooms. Its labour-intensive construction ensured locals benefited and it stands as an economic model to encourage the preservation of farmland on the Nile delta.


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.
Tanta, Egypt
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