Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989.
Conceived as an alternative to standard school design in Tunis, this building, carefully related to its context, came about through the efforts of a local citizens' group. The school is located in a very dense sector of the Tunis medina, an ancient neighbourhood of narrow winding streets, cul-de-sacs and small courtyards. Erected on a site left vacant since its housing was demolished in the 1960's, the entrance façade faces a public park. This façade is symmetrical about the park's principal axis. The main door is given importance by a two-storey assembly of mashrabiyyas directly above it, the lower enclosing a balcony, the upper recessed within the window frame. The façade wing is one storey higher than the rest of the school to bring it into the scale of neighbouring structures and accommodate the headmaster's suite. The jury concluded that "this school constitutes a remarkably urbane and responsible building block in the overall fabric of the city."
Sidi El Aloui Primary School On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1989.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.