Qaysariyah Suq Restored
Words by Jillian Japka
The careful renovation strategically balanced new design with ancient architecture. Traditional buildings still comprise a majority of Bahrain’s structures, so it was crucial to adhere to a sense of the old design to fit within the city’s fabric. The renovation is careful to preserve as much of the original structure as possible while still breathing new life into the building.
As the roof and walls were mostly missing, the decision to repair the exterior was pivotal. Holtrop chose a unique route: they cast concrete in moulds with sand ends. The result is a facade that beckons to the history of the city while firmly referencing modern architecture. The gigantic concrete slabs feel like natural stone and give an ancient and mysterious air to the facade.
Location Muharraq, Bahrain
Architecture Studio Anne Holtrop