Supported by central government in response to Egypt’s rapidly growing and modernizing population, the project has been lead by SODIC with masterplanning by Solidere International. Then, SODIC and Solidere International have appointed the Wilkinson Eyre Architects to designing one of the important part of The Polygon new urban core of Sheikh Zayed City in Westown Cairo. Wilkinson Eyre was commissioned to work on the mixed use sub-masterplan and designs for the Eastern Block 44, comprising 11 buildings for office, retail, hotel and apartments. Wilkinson Eyre proposals are focuses for create a vibrant environment orientated towards an internal public garden which is extensively planted and shaded with trellises and and screens. A dramatically terraced building at the heart of The Polygon including a health club and restaurant gives further focus, and promotes wider use of outdoor space for work and repose. Shaded alleys and narrowed bases to the perimeter buildings give increased visibility to the garden from the outside streets. The buildings are conceived as compositions of tilted ‘strata’. Stone-finished, they are intended to be reminiscent of the sandstone geology of the immediate area. Glazing between the sculpted floor planes is inset and has a pattern of varying tint. Combined with projecting shading screens, the facades will have a visible depth and playfulness.
images courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Tags: dramatically terraced building, Egypt’s rapidly growing and modernizing population, internal public garden, sculpted floor planes, Sheikh Zayed City, SODIC and Solidere International, sub-masterplan Eastern Block 44, The Polygon Residential, Westown Cairo, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
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