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The architectural competition for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Complex in Mosul

UNESCO, in close coordination with the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and the Iraqi Sunni Endowment and the support of the United Arab Emirates, is administering an international design competition for selecting a winning design entry for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of the Al Nouri complex in Mosul. The international design competition for this project started on 16th November 2020 and wishes to attract submissions from a wide range of architects or teams of architects and engineers from around the world to submit a design proposal for reconstructing and rehabilitating the Al Nouri complex.
 
 
Competition Results
 
1ST  Prize – $50,000 & award of contract for detailed design
Country: Egypt
Team Leader: Salah El Din Samir Hareedy (Associate Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt. CEO. of HEADS)
Partners: Khaled Farid El-Deeb (Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, KSA); Sherif Farag Ebrahim (Assistant Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt. CEO. of ADD Architects); Tarek Ali Mohamed (Co-founder of JOZOOR Architectural Studio);
Team Members: Noha Mansour Ryan (Senior Architect at ADD Architects); Hager Abdel Ghani Gad (Senior Architect at ADD Architects);  Mahmoud Saad Gamal (Junior Architect at ADD Architects) and Yousra Mohamed Rashad (Ph.D. researcher, Architect at United Company for Housing and Development).
2ND Prize – $30,000
Country: India 
Team Leaders: Avneesh Tiwari (Founder of atArchitecture) and Gurjit Singh Matharoo (Founderof Matharoo Associates)
Team Members: Neha Rane (Founder of atArchitecture) and Jain Savi Sanjay Vimmi (Junior Architect at Matharoo Associates)
3RD Prize – $20,000
Country: Spain  
Team Leader: Francisco Javier Maroto Ramos (MBA.MECES. PHD Senior Architect, ETSAM. UPM)
Team Members: Pedro García Martínez (MBA.MECES. PHD Senior Architect, ETSAM. UPM); Antonio Palomino, Bueno; Alberto Palomino Bueno (Senior Architect BIM Manager, ETSAM. UPM, Maribel Sánchez Fernández (Architect. Bim Manager), Rocío Sánchez Córcoles (Architect), Manuel Albaladejo Garre (Architect); Francisco Jesús Aparicio Buendía (Architect); Jonathan Andrés Ríos Armijos (Architect).
4TH Prize – $15,000
Country: Mexico and Belgium.
Team Leader: PRODUCTORA (Wonne Ickx, Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles)
Team Members: Architects: PRODUCTORA + Asli Cicek, Andrea Monroy, Diana Fonseca, Sofia Valdovinos, Ruy Berumen, Ana Reed, Erik Castaneda, Yael Saadia, Diego Velazquez, Pablo Manjarrez, Fidel Fernandez. 
5TH Prize – $10,000
Country: UAE and France
Team Leader: Clement Blanchet (Clément Blanchet Architecture (cba)
Team Members: Clotilde Berrou & Marc Kauffmann – BKClub (Associate Team Leaders), Mattia Malavenda – MMA (Associate Team Leader) Hellen Almoustafa Christina Chelarescu – SANE/CBA, Lola Garcia – BKClub, Philippe Gimet – Operel  Laure Le Guillou – Phoebus SAS, Fabrice Merizzi – Phoebus SAS, Simon Parilla, Camille Pepin, Romain Ricciotti – LRing, Samir Nicolas Saddi – ARCADE, Shantanu Sang – CBA, Philippe Sarfati – CBA, Isabelle-Camille Tertrais – BKClub, Pierre-Mary Thibault – Aldel, Angelo Trinca – CBA, Yves Ubelmann – Iconem     and Patrycja Wyparlo – CBA
 
First Honorary Mention
Country: Italy
Team Leader: Arch. Riccardo Renzi (PhD)
Team Members: Arch. Elena Ceccarelli , Arch. Gabriele Marinari, Arch. Virginia Vivona, Arch. Diego Betti and Dott. Antonio Ciracì
Second Honorary Mention
Country: Greece
Team Leader: Leonidas Papalampropoulos (Architect, Assistant Professor Department of Architecture University of Patras)
Team Members: Georgia Syriopoulou (Architect), Lampros Papalampropoulos (Architect), Alexandros Karageorgos (Structural Engineer), Natalia Sotirchou (University of Patras) and Elena Chrissochoedou (University of Patras)
 
 
Click here for more information about the winner and runners-up!
 
 
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Known for being one of the oldest cities in the world, Mosul – ‘the linking point’ in Arabic - is now at the beginning of its recovery process, after the destruction infringed by conflict 2014. 

As part of the ‘Revive the Spirit of Mosul’ initiative, UNESCO, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and the Iraqi Sunni Endowment, with the generous financial support of the United Arab Emirates, have committed to reconstruct and rehabilitate the Al Nouri Complex in Mosul. The reconstruction of this important landmark of the city is of upmost importance to send a strong signal of resilience and hope, as a first step towards social cohesion and reconciliation in the post-conflict Iraq. Indeed, historical sites and monuments are not only a scientific tool of knowledge, but they also represent a powerful symbol of belonging, community, and identity, whose rehabilitation will facilitate recovering the memory of the ‘Moslawis’ that once felt part of a vibrant and emerging city.  

The Al Nouri complex, since its construction in the second half of the XII century, has constituted a core site in the urban life and development of the City of Mosul. In fact, looking at the historical transformations of the city over the centuries, it appears clear how the complex can be classified among those ‘main monuments’ influencing the different street layouts. 

Located in the north-eastern sector of the Old City, with an area of approximately 11.050 sq., the Al Nouri complex includes main landmarks, such as the Al-Hadba Minaret and Al Nouri Prayer hall, a number of secondary buildings and an extensive open area.

Severely damaged in 2017, the complex will be the subject of an integrated rehabilitation program, meant to reconstruct the Al Nouri prayer Hall, and, at the same time, integrate new functions to be hosted in the newly designed or rehabilitated secondary buildings, which will enhance further the role that this important complex has played for the ‘Moslawis’ over the century. The program will also encompass the redesign of the open space and the relation of the complex with the surrounding historical urban fabrics, through its new gates and fences, in order to recover its central function in the urban life of the Old City.
 

Prizes

$50,000

Winning entry

$30,000

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Competition Timeline

  • Launching of the Competition: 16 November 2020;
  • First round of questions: 7 December 2020;
  • Deadline to answer: 14 December 2020;
  • Deadline for registration: 31 December 2020;
  • Deadline for the second round of questions: 15 January 2021;
  • Deadline to answer: 22 January 2021;
  • Deadline for entries: 26 March 2021;
  • Deadline for revision by Technical Committee: 3 April 2021;
  • Jury meeting & deliberation: 6-11 April 2021;
  • Announcement of the Winner: 15 April 2021

Jury Members

An international and independent jury composed of experts in the key domains of the task, selected by UNESCO with the participation of the Sunni Endowment and the Ministry of Culture in Iraq, will review and evaluate all entries according to the evaluation criteria and select the winning submissions. The jury is made up of 9 jurors and 2 alternates.

 

The jury will be headed by Ms. Raya Ani, Iraq, FAIA, LEED AP, Founder and Design Director at RAW-NYC Architects.

 

Howayda Al-Harithy
Saudi Arabia, Professor of Architecture and Director of the School of Design at the American University of Beirut.

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Ahmed Alomary
Iraq, Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Mosul.                    

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Raya Ani
Jury President 
Iraq, FAIA, LEED AP, Founder and Design Director at RAW-NYC Architects.                        

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Xavier Casanovas
Spain, Expert in urban regeneration and sustainable rehabilitation and professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

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Amel Chabbi
United Arab Emirates, Head of the Conservation Section at the Department of Culture and Tourism for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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Shahira Fahmy
Egypt, Architect, urbanist, creative researcher and founder of Shahira Fahmi Architects.        

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Wang Shu
China, Architect and co-founder of Amateur Architecture Studio.

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Marina Tabassum
Bangladesh, Architect and principal of Marina Tabassum Architects.

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Jerzy Uścinowicz
Poland, Professor of Architecture and Head of the Division of Architecture of Local Cultures in the Faculty of Architecture of the Białystok University of Technology.

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Doris Wälchli
Switzerland, Director of Brauen Wälchi Achitects.

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Dominique Perrault (withdrawn)
Architect, founder of Dominique Perrault Architecture (DPA).

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Howayda Al-Harithy

Professor of Architecture and Director of the School of Design at the American University of Beirut

Professor Al-Harithy holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Oregon School of Design, a Master of Science in Architecture from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and a PhD in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. She is also a research director at the Beirut Urban Lab. Her research focuses on urban heritage with emphasis on the theoretical debate on heritage construction and consumption related to identity building and post-war reconstruction in the Arab world. Her current work conceptualizes urban recovery in relation to processes of historical editing, urban trauma, and protracted displacement.

She is widely published with over 50 articles, book chapters, and reports in leading journals and refereed books. She is the editor of and contributor to Lessons in Post-War Reconstruction: Case Studies from Lebanon in the Aftermath of the 2006 War (Routledge, 2010) and a forthcoming book entitled Urban Recovery: Intersecting Displacement with Reconstruction (Routledge 2021)

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Ahmed Yousif Mahmood Alomary

Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Mosul

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Alomary was born in 1964 in Mosul, Iraq. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering in 1987 from the University of Mosul. He also holds a master's degree in Architectural Engineering (1992), and a PhD from the Department of Architectural Engineering of the University of Technology of Baghdad (2008). He is a lecturer at the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Mosul since 1992, an assistant professor since 2014 and a consultant architect since 2010. Dr. Alomary  is an advisory member, formed by Executive Order, at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to Rebuild the old city of Mosul. He has worked in the design of several cultural, religious and residential projects in Mosul, and he is the author of more than 15 papers.

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Raya Ani

FAIA, LEED AP, Founder and Design Director at RAW-NYC Architects

Raya Ani is an award-winning multidisciplinary architect and urban designer with international experience having worked in Baghdad, Boston, Dubai, Germany, and New York City. Named as one of the topmost influential architects in the Middle East since 2015, she received her bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Baghdad University with distinction, and her master’s degree in Architecture from MIT, where she was awarded the Harvard/MIT Aga Khan Scholarship. As the 2017 President of the American Institute of Architects-Middle East Chapter, Raya focused on empowering architects by furthering and supporting multiple goals for a stronger profession. Her interests in melding innovation, sustainability, and technology, and her drive to empower and lead by example has resulted in her being the founder and design director of RAW-NYC Architects, an award-winning interdisciplinary studio based in New York City and Dubai.

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Xavier Casanovas

Expert in urban regeneration and sustainable rehabilitation and Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Xavier Casanovas is a consultant expert in restoration, urban regeneration and sustainable rehabilitation. He is President of the RehabiMed Association and member of the board of ICOMOS (The International Council on Monuments and Sites) Spanish Committee.

Xavier has served as director of many international projects on restoration, sustainable rehabilitation, and social and economic revitalization of historic centres for UNESCO, the European Union, UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme), and the European Council, working in collaboration with cooperation agencies from different countries for more than 30 years.

A teacher at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, he has been very active on the organization of capacity building activities, courses and workshops on cultural heritage development and given lectures on universities all over the world.

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Amel Chabbi

Head of the Conservation Section at the Department of Culture & Tourism for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Amel Chabbi heads the Conservation Section at the Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi where she is responsible for planning conservation and management measures, policies and guidelines for built heritage.

Prior to joining DCT, Amel was based in the United States where she was a Research Associate at the Getty Conservation Institute. She received a fellowship from the Kress Foundation to carry out the pilot conservation project of the Texaco Road Map of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion. She also worked as a Building Conservator in New York City.  Amel holds a bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She served on the Board of ICOMOS International (2012-2017), has participated in the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel, and is a member of ICOMOS-UAE and of the International Scientific Committee on 20th century heritage.

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Shahira Fahmy

Architect, urbanist and creative researcher and founder of Shahira Fahmi Architects

Sharia Fahmy is the founder/principal of Shahira Fahmi Architects (SFA) in Cairo since 2005. She is a three-time recipient of Harvard’s post-doctoral fellowships for her ground-breaking architectural work: a LOEB fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Bois Fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences FAS, 2016; and a Berkman Klein fellow at Harvard's Law School, 2016. She has taught at Columbia University. Fahmy has built projects in the Middle East, London and Europe, and has been hailed by Phaidon as one of the "Architects building the Arab Future".

Her projects include the Delfina Foundation, London, 2014; the winner of Andermatt Swiss Alps Master Planning competition of phase II & III, 2012; the "Face Mask Architects Project" for the UNEP, and the COP22, 2016. Currently, Fahmy is designing an eco-community retreat in Cornwall, as part of a Garden Village Development, UK, 2022. Born and raised in Cairo, Fahmy is a recipient of “Tamayouz Excellence Award” 2019, for the Near East and North Africa and is included on the 50th list of AD for the MENA region 2019. Fahmy splits her time between London and Cairo.

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Dominique Perrault

Architect, founder of Dominique Perrault Architecture (DPA)

Founded in 1981, Dominique Perrault Architecture is an international architecture, urban planning and design studio, based in Paris and Geneva. Praemium Imperiale award laureate, Dominique Perrault gained international recognition with the French National Library (1995). This project marked the starting point of many other commissions abroad, such as the Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool of Berlin (1999), the extensions of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2008 and 2019), the campus of Ewha’s University in Seoul (2008) and others. The studio also carried out various heritage conversion projects, such as the redevelopment of the Versailles Palace - Pavillon Dufour (2016), the transformation of the Paris Longchamp racecourse (2018) and the Poste du Louvre (2020).

His work received prestigious distinctions such as the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award (1997), the World Architecture Award (2002), the “Seoul Metropolitan Award” (2008), and the Gold Medal of Architecture from the French Academy of Architecture (2010). Dominique Perrault is also honorary professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Current studies and projects include the DC Tower II in Vienna, the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Village – Paris 2024, the Gangnam International Transit Center in Seoul, Korea, the new Villejuif-IGR station, and the new retractable roof on the Suzanne Lenglen Tennis Court. In November 2019 he was appointed General Director of the Seoul 2021 Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

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Wang Shu

Architect and co-founder of Amateur Architecture Studio

Wang Shu is a practicing architect and educator. Together with Lu Wenyu, he co-founded Amateur Architecture Studio in 1997 and in 2003the architecture department at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where Wang was the department chair. His academic interests and research are focused on the re-establishment of a contemporary language for Chinese architecture, which is reflected in his built works such as the Ningbo Historic Museum, Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Art, Renovation of Wencun Village, and Fuyang Cultural Complex.

Wang was the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD in 2011, and is the visiting Professor in MIT, and Tongji University. He received an Honorary Professorship from Southeast University, an Honorary Fellowship from RIBA, an Honorary Doctoral Degree from RISD, and an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been awarded the French Gold Medal of the Academy of Architecture in 2011 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2012. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time in 2013. He was the recipient 2019 Gold Medal of Tau Sigma Delta.He is now a juror of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2019.

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Marina Tabassum

Architect, principal of Marina Tabassum Architects

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, established in 2005 in Dhaka. Tabassum graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1995 and founded URBANA, notable projects being the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence (1997 – 2013).

She is the Academic Director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. She has taught at TU Delft, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, University of Texas and in BRAC University. Marina Tabassum served as a member of the Steering Committee of Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. andis also a member of the Board of Directors of Prokritee.

Marina Tabassum won the Jameel Prize 5 in 2018. She is also a recipient of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. Her project for the Pavilion Apartment was shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award in 2004. Tabassum received an AYA Award from India in 2004 for the project NEK10 located in Dhaka. She is a recipient of the 2005 Ananya Award, which recognizes women of Bangladesh with exceptional achievements.

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Doris Wälchli

Director of Brauen Wälchi Achitects

After graduating from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Doris Wälchli started her architectural career with a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and subsequently worked for practices in Barcelona and Lucerne, before founding Brauen Wälchli Architectes in partnership with Ueli Brauen. She has taught at various architecture schools in Switzerland and internationally. She is currently chair of CUB, the Fondation Culture du Bâti (foundation for the culture of the built environment), and was previously chair of the Geisendorf Foundation for Architecture. She was previously a member of Lucerne’s urban planning committee and also chair of the Bern urban planning committee.

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Jerzy Uścinowicz

Professor of Architecture and Head of the Division of Architecture of Local Cultures in the Faculty of Architecture of the Białystok University of Technology

Jerzy Uścinowicz lives and works in Białystok, Poland. He is a professor of architecture and the head of Division of Architecture of Local Cultures in the Faculty of Architecture of the Białystok University of Technology. He has been a director of the Work Program “Spiritual Places” of the International Union of Architects.

He is a member of the Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a member of the Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, a member of the Polish Accreditation Committee, a chairman of the Regional Council of the Conservation, and a member of the Polish Institute of World Art Studies. He is also an honorable professor of the International Academy of Architecture. Uścinowicz is an author of over 110 major architecture designs. He designed over 30 sacred buildings. He has participated in over 30 architectural international competitions and was awarded 12 prizes and distinctions. He is an author of 47 individual exhibitions of sacral architecture. He is an author of over 180 scientific publications.

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Dominique Perrault (withdrawn)

Architect, founder of Dominique Perrault Architecture (DPA);

Founded in 1981, Dominique Perrault Architecture is an international architecture, urban planning and design studio, based in Paris and Geneva. Praemium Imperiale award laureate, Dominique Perrault gained international recognition with the French National Library (1995). This project marked the starting point of many other commissions abroad, such as the Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool of Berlin (1999), the extensions of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2008 and 2019), the campus of Ewha’s University in Seoul (2008) and others. The studio also carried out various heritage conversion projects, such as the redevelopment of the Versailles Palace - Pavillon Dufour (2016), the transformation of the Paris Longchamp racecourse (2018) and the Poste du Louvre (2020).

His work received prestigious distinctions such as the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award (1997), the World Architecture Award (2002), the “Seoul Metropolitan Award” (2008), and the Gold Medal of Architecture from the French Academy of Architecture (2010). Dominique Perrault is also honorary professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Current studies and projects include the DC Tower II in Vienna, the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Village – Paris 2024, the Gangnam International Transit Center in Seoul, Korea, the new Villejuif-IGR station, and the new retractable roof on the Suzanne Lenglen Tennis Court. In November 2019 he was appointed General Director of the Seoul 2021 Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

Al-Nouri Complex - 3D reconstruction

Process

 

Eligibility

The present competition is an open call for proposals based on an anonymous design submission. Architects or teams of architects and engineers authorized to practice in their country of residence will be asked to develop and submit a proposal for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Al Nouri Complex in Mosul, as companies or joint ventures of individuals and/or companies. In the case of companies/firms the leading architect must be clearly named. Participants will need to meet specific criteria outlined in detail in the Official Architectural Brief. 

 

Process

  • Registration: Applicants will fill in an online form. Once submitted, an email confirmation will be received by the applicant with a unique username (ex: M001).
  • Submission: All entries to the design competition must be received by UNESCO in digital format only though an online form. Participants must place this unique username on the top right corner of each panel submitted. 

 
Project implementation will start immediately after the winning design is awarded and is expected to be completed within 27 months for the design and execution of the reconstruction and rehabilitation works for the Al Nouri complex. 
An international and independent jury, composed of experts in the key domains of the task, selected by UNESCO with the participation of the Sunni Endowment and Ministry of Culture in Iraq, will review and evaluate all entries according to the evaluation criteria and select the winning submissions
 

Goals and aims for the Rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Complex

The Rehabilitation of Al Nouri Mosque Complex calls for a conceptual design for the construction of new buildings with diverse functions; the rehabilitation of all three of its historical buildings and their integration into the new designs; and the landscaping design of the entire site. By creating new spaces dedicated to the community – for education, social and cultural activities - the project envisions a space to serve the community beyond its principal religious function. 

The Reconstruction of Al Nouri Prayer Hall calls for the concept design for conserving the remaining, standing structure of the prayer hall and its integration into the new building, which is a reconstruction of the prayer hall, as it was in 2017 before its intentional destruction.

The following critical principles of design should be taken into consideration in the design:

 
Create an integrated design inspired from and compatible with the traditional architecture of Mosul’s Old City, while considering the retention of authenticity and integrity of the Complex.

 
Create an oasis of peace and tranquillity for worshipers and a vibrant vital center for the community, through the established new additional functions.

 
Integrate an environmentally conscious design, which in the Mosul context should consider locally resourced materials, climate, and efficiency.

 
Integrate the newly designed buildings, landscaping, and reconstructed portions with the remains of historical landmarks within the Complex.

 

 

Contacts 

UNESCO Secretariat for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Al Nouri Complex Competition. 

mosulcompetition@unesco.org