A restaurant, park, museum, motel and several multipurpose halls are the main components of this complex, built in a style inspired by traditional Lebanese and Islamic architecture. Set up by a charity to provide employment opportunities for orphans, the centre is a tourist destination and a site for cultural events such as poetry readings. As far as possible, the structure is environmentally friendly, making use of recycled material from ruined buildings: principally sandstone, but also wood and rubble. The construction technology, however, is contemporary, with prestressed concrete I-beams allowing for large spans in the multipurpose halls.
Assaha Traditional Village Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.