New Gourna
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Architect Hassan Fathy
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Location Near Luxor, Egypt   map
Date 1948   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing, village
 Construction System mud brick and adobe
Climate hot, arid
Context rural village
Style Modern
Notes after the local vernacular.




Plan Drawing

Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Sources on New Gourna

Hassan Fathy. Architecture for the poor: an experiment in rural Egypt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973. ISBN 0226239152. LC 75960449. HN790.Q7F33 1973.   Available at

James Steele. Hassan Fathy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. NA1585.F37S74 1988. exterior photo of domes, p12. exterior photo from bldg across street, p12. exterior photo of mosque, p13. exterior photo of resthouse, p13. exterior photo of old gourna, p63.

James Steele. An Architecture for People : The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy. Whitney Library of Design, October 1997. ISBN 0823002268.   Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about New Gourna


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