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Award of Excellence: Low-Rise Category

Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Kabrastaan
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Colaba, Bombay, India

Submitted by Painterior India

Shia Imami

The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Kabrastaan complex located in Bombay, India belongs to the Ismaili community and serves as a burial ground, within which are four structures: the community hall building, the Ghusalkhana (a one-story structure), the mausoleum, and the mosque.

The complex is located in a densely populated area and, being a community project, much social interaction and extreme sensitivity had to be considered before embarking on any repair program. All four structures exhibited varying degrees of degradation, dilapidation, neglect, and damage. The buildings, except the mausoleum, which is a load-bearing masonry structure, were reinforced concrete (RCC) framed structures with traditional Islamic architectural features. Repair work included the rehabilitation and replacement of facades, repair/replacement of concrete culls, arches, slabs, sun breaker fins, and architectural RCC screens, repair, replacement or duplication of old style minarets, lattice work etc., and the waterproofing of all structures and application of a protective coating.

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