Iraq: UNESCO Architectural Winners rebuild the iconic Al-Nuri Mosque Complex |


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Selected by an international jury from among 123 entries in an international competition, the winning design – named “Courtyards Dialogue” – is a key component of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCOOptimistic, ambitious The project To rehabilitate the old city.

After years of ISIS extremists seizing control and destroying the famous city when they were driven out in 2017, UNESCO President Audrey Azoulay described it as a “historic moment” in restoring the “texture and history” of the war-torn city and helping “reconciliation and social cohesion”.

Heritage sites and historical monuments are powerful catalysts for people’s sense of belonging, community and identity. It is the key to reviving the spirit of Mosul and Iraq as a whole. ” Confirmed.

It was revamped and reimagined

The Egyptian national team that won the competition consists of four partners: Salah El-Din Samir Haridi, Khaled Farid El-Deeb, Sherif Farag Ibrahim, and Tariq Ali Mohamed. Four architectural designers participated in the exhibition: Noha Mansour Rayan, Hajar Abdul-Ghani Gad, Mahmoud Saad Jamal and Yousra Muhammad Al-Baha.

They took home the award for their imaginative reconstruction of the prayer hall and Al-Nuri complex – and the way it blends in with its surroundings through its open public spaces.

While the hall will look the same as it did before the mosque was destroyed, it will be reopened with better natural lighting and more space for women and visitors.

There will be enclosed gardens as well, inspired by the historic homes and gardens that were located around the prayer hall before it was remodeled in 1944, according to UNESCO.

International competition

UNESCO launched the design The competition Last November, in close coordination with the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and the Iraqi Sunni Endowments.

In addition to being awarded the complex contract, the winners will receive a prize of $ 50,000.

In recognition of their work, the second place winner will receive prizes: $ 30,000 for a team from India, $ 20,000 for entry from Spain, $ 15,000 for a team in the United States and $ 10,000 for a team of architects from the United Arab Emirates, France, Turkey and Lebanon.


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