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2009 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation

PAKISTAN

 

Ali Gohar House, Ganish, Hunza 

The Ali Gohar House is located in Ganish, Hunza, next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. It is said to be the oldest house in the village, and is typical of the residences of the Hunza nobility, with a winter house comprising storage spaces and a living space on the ground floor and a summer house with veranda above. The carved wooden detailing of the columns, capitals, and doorframes is outstanding. With the densely packed fabric of the town, destabilization of the mud and stone structure had begun to threaten neighboring dwellings. The house has been restored by the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan and is now used for meetings of the Ganish Society and for exhibitions.