This bank branch reuses and extends a 1960s residence in a suburb of Khartoum. The original load bearing structure has been retained and the render replaced with the fair-faced brick cladding that defines the building. This is a reaction to the recent proliferation of metal-clad structures that are changing the face of the city. Brick is a traditional local material reflecting local craft and its use here has boosted the status of both the bank and the aesthetic. It is used internally and externally, also facing the new double height banking hall. External doors and balustrades of traditional design enhance the vernacular character.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects enrolled through the nomination programme receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural 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. These project presentation documents include the architect's record and the aforementioned submission documents.