Dome Houses From Syria: Protection of an Endangered Cultural Heritage

This project aims to preserve and revitalise the tradition of domed houses to offer a housing solution to displaced Syrian families

Protects and revives the Syrian architectural heritage of domed mud-brick houses, by providing training to refugee and host communities, constructing a pilot dome house at arcenciel’s Taanayel center, drafting a manual on this endangered 5,000-year-old building technique of war-torn Syria.


Insertion of Syrians and local people in the preservation of Syrian heritage:

– Visit to the relevant Syrian refugee camps and consult relevant sources

– Recruit masons and workers

– Training of workers on architectural building technique

Raising awareness of the Syrian and local people on Syrian cultural heritage (50 active participants):

– Workshops for youth

– Workshops for local and Syrian population

– Production of a manual

Construction of the dome house: architecture design and construction

Project Details

Location: Lebanon, Syria, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): arcenciel Funder(s): British Council Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with DCMS Funding received: £84,616 Commencement Date: 12/2017 Project Status: Active
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