zaha hadid architects: cairo expo city
zaha hadid architects: cairo expo city zaha hadid architects: cairo expo city
jun 10, 2009

zaha hadid architects: cairo expo city

cairo expo city by zaha hadid architects image courtesy zaha architects

zaha hadid architects has been awarded first prize in the cairo expo city competition together with global engineering consultancy buro happold.   the winning design for cairo expo city is a 450,000 square metre, state of the art city for exhibitions and conferences, located between the centre of cairo and the city’s airport. the project comprises a major international exhibition and conference centre with business hotel. a further office tower and a shopping centre are also proposed.

carving and sculpting processes have been used to divide the very large exhibition and conference areas required for cairo expo city into clusters of individual buildings that have their own formal composition, yet each building relates to the overall design. a main north-south artery is carved through the design, with secondary streams converging at the centre to ease crowd traffic during event. the movement of people within these streams informs the building entrances on the site.

works will begin in october this year to clear the site.

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city – aerial view image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city – interior image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

cairo expo city image courtesy zaha architects

general info: cairo expo city, egypt 2009 – TBC client: GOIEF (general organization of international exhibitions and fairs), egypt architect: zaha hadid architects architecture: design zaha hadid & patrik schumacher project director: charles walker project architects: viviana muscettola, michele pasca di magliano senior architects: tariq khayyat, kut nadiadi project team: bianca cheung, dominiki dadatsi, loreto flores, hee seung lee, feng lin, ludovico lombardi, annarita papeschi, effie kuan, monica noguero, rafael contraeras, maria araya, david campos, fernando poucell. engineering: structural and M&E engineering buro happold, london project team: wolf mangelsdorf, christopher moore, shady fayed, dr. salmaan craig, michael slessor, lindsey malcolm, stephanie davis consultants: quantity surveyor gleeds, london traffic and logistics arup, london

  • Superb surrealist architecture.

    Congrats designboom, top one!!

    Dezigner says:
  • I was looking at pictures of this earlier today, it seems so vast, there are areas of it which I love – the dynamics – images 2, 5, 7 & 8 – I can imagine walking there and the space feeling quite remarkable. I have yet to read about the materials in terms of meeting environmental sustainability concerns plus labour concerns but if these things can be sorted out in a good way, it could be a very amazing place. Personally I think i would like listen to concerts of world music there, the acoustics could be amazing? (I don’t know about acoustics and structure).

    tanya telford says:
  • Has anybody found more Text or Plans anywhere?

    dj says:

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