Low Cost Housing in Basrah

Basrah, Iraq



General Directorate of Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein

$625 Million

1,250,000 m2

Plot Area:

Concept Design:

  • The plot, of surface area 1,250,000 m2 is flat and longitudinal in shape.
  • The master plan was based on an orthogonal grid broken by two diverging axes to create flow and movement.
  • The central block was offset to create a break in the high traffic avenues and to frame the central high activity district.
  • Two central spines form large avenues, and give the overall setting for the subdivision of the parcels, turning each parcel into a neighborhood unit.


  • Housing
  • Retail/Commercial
  • Governmental Buildings and Services:
  • Religious and Cultural Buildings
  • Offices
  • Schools
  • Recreational Services
  • Services
  • Infrastructure


The project can be divided into 3 major phases, and each phase subdivided.