Bayt Al-Kritliyya is known for the diversity of its collections (an eclectic mix of Pharaonic, Islamic, Coptic and 20th-century art) and the rarity of its historical setting (two linked traditional courtyard houses abutting the famed Mosque of Ibn Tulun). An ongoing project aims to safeguard the museum, conserve its contents and improve facilities for both staff and visitors. Besides renovating the built fabric, the work has entailed constructing a new conservation lab, cataloguing the collection, initiating training workshops, creating new displays and publications, and landscaping the museum gardens to provide an open-air venue for cultural events and additional visitor facilities.
Restoration of Bayt al-Kritliyya 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.