This project consists of the rehabilitation of wooden buildings from the 19th century and their conversion into 16 residential units. The buildings, granted by the Sultan to Catholic nuns for their contributions in the Crimean War, had been used as a school and orphanage, but had suffered neglect in recent years. Although the buildings were publicly-owned, funding for the project came from private sources under a long term lease agreement that assured their rehabilitation. The work was carried out with sensitivity to the historic fabric and traditional building technologies were carefully followed by a cadre of workers who were trained in preservation techniques for the project.
Rehabilitation of Bebekoy Historic Site Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.