Zaha Hadid Architects Win Cairo Expo City Competition
Thewinning design for Cairo Expo City delivers a unique facility for Cairo– a 450,000 square meter, state of the art city for exhibitions andconferences, located between the center of Cairo and the city’sairport. The project comprises a major international exhibition andconference center with business hotel. A further office tower and ashopping center are also proposed.
“Thisis a truly national project for Egypt.” said Sherif Salem, CEO of theGOIEF (General Organization of International Exhibitions and Fairs).“The current exhibition halls for Cairo do not meet the standards nowrequired by the international conference and exhibition industry. Withthis exceptional design by Zaha Hadid Architects, Cairo will be amongthe world’s top cities for conferences and fairs, able to cater for thewidest variety and size of events.”
Theundulating fluid forms of the Cairo Expo City design were inspired bythe natural topography of the Nile valley explained Zaha Hadid.
“Asthe exhibition spaces require the greatest degree of flexibility, wewanted to ensure that all the public spaces and formal composition ofCairo Expo City relate to the surrounding Egyptian landscape.” saidHadid. “Along the great rivers of the region, most particularly theNile, there is a powerful dynamic – a constant flow between the waterand the land – which extends to incorporate the neighboring buildingsand landscapes. For the Cairo Expo City design, we worked to capturethat seamlessness and fluidity in an urban architectural context.”
“Carvingand sculpting processes have been used to divide the very largeexhibition and conference areas required for Cairo Expo City intoclusters of individual buildings that have their own formalcomposition, yet each building relates to the overall design. A mainnorth-south artery is carved through the design, with secondary streamsconverging at the center to ease crowd traffic during event. Themovement of people within these streams informs the building entranceson the site.”
ZahaHadid Architects was shortlisted with Norwegian architecture practiceSnøhetta for the second phase of the competition in April. Works willbegin in October this year to clear the site.
Client: GOIEF (General Organization of International Exhibitions and Fairs), Cairo
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Engineering: Buro Happold, London
Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds, London
Traffic and Logistics: Buro Happold, London
Built Area: 450,000sqm (exhibition halls, conference center and mixed-use areas)
Height of Towers: 33 and 31 stories
Images: Zaha Hadid Architects
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