The restoration of the Ottoman baths is part of the master plan to revive the walled enclave of Old Nicosia. A major concern was to maintain and enhance the original function of the baths (which have been in continuous use since around 1571) by installing modern mechanical, wastewater and electrical services. At the same time, the restoration has allowed the baths to take on a new function as a venue for larger social gatherings. Damaged roof, walls, shells and domes have been repaired, and the foundations consolidated. To preserve the integrity of the structure, any new interventions are reversible.
Restoration of Omeriye Ottoman Baths 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.