Hammãms of North Africa: An architectural study of sustainability concepts in a historical traditional building

Fodil Fadli, Magda Sibley

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Abstract

The hammãm or Islamic public bath is a traditional building type and an important architectural and urban entity of the city (médina) in the Mediterranean Islamic world. Based on recent surveys carried out by the authors on the public baths of Cairo, Tunis, Tripoli (Libya) and Marrakech; as part of an AHRC funded project, this paper investigates the ingenious architecture of the hammãm and explores the passive design devices used in this traditional building and their influence on the spatial indoor ambiences. A set of four environmental sustainability indicators (representing the four natural -classical- elements) is adopted as a matrix based method, in order to explore and learn the sustainability concepts used and existing in the architectural typologies and characteristics of this specific building type. It finally concludes by proposing a set of design guidelines, which would help sustain historic structures in the future. The guidelines drawn upon the sustainability concepts learnt from this historic building can also be adapted to newly built structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2009 - Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture|PLEA - Archit. Energy Occupant's Perspect.: Proc. Int. Conf. Passive Low Energy Archit.
Place of PublicationQuebec
PublisherPresses de l’Université Laval
ISBN (Print)9782763789392
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event26th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective, PLEA 2009 - Quebec City, QC
Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …

Conference

Conference26th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective, PLEA 2009
CityQuebec City, QC
Period1/07/09 → …

Keywords

  • Architectural typology
  • Concepts
  • Hammãm
  • Passive/Active
  • Sustainability
  • Urban morphology

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