Sudan Museum, Woven Shade Canopy


Sudan National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums




Michael Mallinson




Khalifa House Museum, Community Tent

We were very excited to be approached by the Architect Michael Mallinson to help develop a canopy for the Community of Omdurman, in Khartoum, Sudan (images taken at the Inaugural Event of the Khalifa House Museum, Community Tent).

With average daily temperatures of 44 degrees the community was in need of a shaded and well ventilated event space for community meetings and gatherings.

Our Solution

Base designed and engineered the scheme for approval by the Director of the Khalifa House Museum Niemat Mohamed. The design consists of an array of rolled steel arches fabricated and site welded by a local shipbuilder.

Between the arches is a tensioned grid of steel cables onto which is woven 50mm wide strips of polypropylene to form a shade canopy. The plastic strip is used locally to form the woven base of Angareb beds.

The Results

The modern design of the shade structures has links to the traditional domed tens of the Baggara Nomads who tie colourful woven mats onto a lightweight timber scaffold. The shade structure design is being repeated at other museum sites in Sudan.


Funding Partners

British Institute in Eastern Africa

British Council Cultural Protection Fund

Ministry of Digital Media, Youth & Sports

Aliph Foundations

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