Recording the Gypsum House

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The Origins of Doha team were on site last week recording the “Gypsum House”, a structure in Msheireb West. According to aerial photography archives, the structure was built between 1952 and 1956 but displays many traditional building techniques that are no longer prevalent in Qatar.

The Gypsum House is unique in that it was the home of a craftsman who created architectural and decorative details out of gypsum. He stuck these gypsum bits all over the house, creating faux classical details on a traditional limestone, mud, and breeze-block structure.

During our first day on site we were visited by students who learned how to survey with the level and take photographs for building recording.

We made a detailed plan of the house and took extensive photographs, as these structures are increasingly rare in Doha. For more photos, visit our Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/originsofdoha/

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