The research-based design to be presented in this poster is the work of four young architects based on the research they will conduct during their winter training at Shehayeb Consult just before graduation. The subject is the rehabilitation of a traditional hammam complex in a popular neighbourhood on the borders of Historic Cairo . This heritage rehabilitation project concerns complementing the existing Historic hammam with supplementary community services in an attempt to ensure cultural diversity among clients instead of depriving lower income communities of one of their key social and economic assets. In order to strike a balance between the economic viability of the hammam, historic conservation, and local community ownership of this traditional activity, the research explores the addition of supplementary community activities; a ceremonial facility, a garden, a women’s gym and a daycare. The latter are the result of previous investigations within the community as part of the scenario-making process of the project. Based on interviews with community members and observation of the desired activity patterns as they happen elsewhere, the students will prepare space program sheets for each activity followed by schematic designs aiming at reconciling diverging user needs, local community, other Egyptian sub-cultural groups, and tourists. This design will be verified with community members during a participatory design workshop held in the vicinity of the hammam. The influence of culture on perception, cognition, wayfinding, levels of desired privacy, of environmental press, and territoriality, will be addressed to maintain collective perceived ownership and at the same time be welcoming to outsiders.