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The 'Manhattan of the Desert': Shibam, Yemen's Ancient Skyscraper City

Walking through narrow chaotic alleys dwarfed by soaring towers, few would estimate the age of Yemen's city of Shibam at nearly 1,700 years. Located in Yemen's central Hadhramaut district, Shibam has roots in the pre-Islamic period, and evidence of construction dating from the 9th century.

Shibam is known as the first city on earth with a vertical masterplan. A protected UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, the city is home to densely packed buildings ranging from four to eight storeys, beginning in 300 AD but now mostly built after 1532. Thanks to a fortified ring wall, the city has survived nearly two thousand years despite its precarious position adjacent to the wadi floodplain.

Enter the ancient walled world of Shibam after the break

© Wikimedia CC user Aiman titi Shibam rooftops. Image © Flickr CC user maartenF © Wikimedia CC user Jialiang Gao Haroon Alrashid Mosque in Shibam. Image © Flickr CC user Najeeb Musallam + 6

Wairau Valley House / Parsonson Architects

© Paul  McCredie
© Paul McCredie

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Rapaura, New Zealand

Vejlskovgaard Stable / LUMO Architects

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Odder, Denmark
  • Architects: LUMO Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 8800.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Villa Blåbär / pS Arkitektur

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Nacka, Sweden
  • Architects: PS Arkitektur
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 170.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Cotacachi House / Arquitectura X

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo + 33

Cotacachi, Ecuador
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 378.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

EVOA - Environmental Interpretation Center / Maisr Arquitetos

© Filipa Miguel Ferreira
© Filipa Miguel Ferreira
Lezíria, Portugal
  • Architects: Maisr Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 470.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

© Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira + 18

Permanent Camping / Casey Brown Architecture

© Rob Brown
© Rob Brown

© Penny Clay © Penny Clay © Penny Clay © Penny Clay + 11

Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts + 49

Alphington, Australia

Stacked Cabin / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

© John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay + 18

Muscoda, United States

Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He + 24

Beijing, China
  • Architects: Daipu Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

House H / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

© Fumihiko Ikemoto
© Fumihiko Ikemoto
Chiba, Japan

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Shoffice / Platform 5 Architects

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London, United Kingdom

House GePo / OYO

© Tom Janssens © Tom Janssens © Tom Janssens © Tom Janssens + 18

Wijgmaal, Belgium
  • Architects: OYO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 180.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

The Condestable's House / Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos

© Luis Prieto
© Luis Prieto

© Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto + 37

Pamplona, Spain
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6819.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008

Artist Studios / KNOWSPACE

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Suzhou Shi, China
  • Architects: KNOWSPACE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1488.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Los Limoneros / Gus Wüstemann Architects

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Marbella, Spain

Bacopari House / UNA Arquitetos

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 22

São Paulo, Brazil