Deir-Al-Surian Library & Archive

Deir Al-Surian Library & Archive, Wadi Al Natrun, Egypt.
A new 3 storey and basement library and archive building within the grounds of the Al-Surian Monastery seeking to provide a low capital and running cost, locally appropriate solution to the storage of and access to unique historic manuscripts. By harnessing features of the local climate together with careful choices of construction details and materials, the aim was to provide a completely passive approach without the need for any air conditioning, representing a contemporary interpretation of the successfully preservation over the previous many hundreds of years. Responsible for the concept design of building physics and mechanical systems.

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