A desire to return to the origins of Egyptian rural architecture - the architecture of the common man, rather than the elite - was the motivation for this project. The three-storey house is of local limestone and sandstone, covered with a 25cm-thick insulating layer of mud and a final coat of mud plaster mixed with rice straw. Elements such as lintels and handrails are made from a local timber, Kafour. The caps of the sanitary ducts refer to the form of the pigeon towers that are an architectural symbol of Fayoum (but are now rare).
Mokhtar Residence 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.