African Community Society
The restoration and adaptive reuse of “African Community Society” building was completed at the end of 2013.The building is used by the African community since 1996, where the club organizes cultural and social activities to serve the Old City residents. The building is located in the Eastern part of Al-Rabat Al-Mansouri complex, which was built during the Mamluk period, and consists of a multi-purpose hall separated by two rows of stone pillars with adjacent rooms.The restoration work included re-tiling all floors with stone tiles and re-pointing the stone ceiling and walls with traditional lime. A new mezzanine floor was created within the hall to be used as office space overlooking the hall and is accessible through a steel and wood stair. Part of the hall was separated by reversible gypsum partition to be used as a sewing workshop.The work also included the rehabilitation of infrastructure and rehabilitation sanitation facilities. New systems were installed such as (control cameras, computer network, cooling systems, mechanical ventilations and a fire alarms system).Traditional material and methods were used for the restoration and rehabilitation work and implementation followed international standards for conservation.