New Gurna information
Hassan Fathy’s mudbrick village lies just past the railway track on the road from the ferry to the Antiquities Inspectorate ticket office. Although built to rehouse the inhabitants of Old Gurna, who lived on and around the Tombs of the Nobles, the village became a showcase of utilitarian mudbrick design.
The stunning buildings had Hassan Fathy’s signature domes and vaults, thick mudbrick walls and natural ventilation, but the project failed in its original intention because most inhabitants of Old Gurna refused to move into the houses. Today much of Fathy's work is in tatters, the original houses replaced with breezeblock although the beautiful mudbrick mosque and theatre survive. Unesco has recognised the need to safeguard the village, but its plans have stalled.