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Cheops Observatory Residence …. a spatial journey through time

    Architects: Malaka Studio  Location : Nazlet El Samman – Giza – Egypt                                                                                                                           Located on the plateau of the Giza Necropolis, the project is nestled in the village of Nazlet El Samman. This ancient site was founded in the 7th century by desert tribes fascinated by the Pyramids; the village is a preserved site, a whole journey through time,. Restoring this village creates a bulwark against the massive tourist influx and the real estate speculations that generate tabula rasa in these historical districts. The Cheops Observatory is also an artist’s residence, a gateway at the entrance of the desert, an inhabited belvedere at a walking distance of the largest of the pyramids of the Giza plateau. According to recent esti...

2020-11-29 12:42:51

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Kattameya Dunes Palace…The expression of modern life

Architects: Phenomena Studio-Hisham Alaa Area: 200 m Location : Kattameya   This project was commissioned to Architect and Interior Designer Hisham Alaa mid July 2017. The building was only a concrete skeleton already built and purchased by the Owner, with an ambition to live in a luxurious modern palace overlooking the stunning views of Kattameya Dunes Golf course. It took the designer four months to come out with the complete Architecture, landscape and interior designs of the 2000m2 Palace with its 3700 m2 land plot, then the construction started early 2018, and took around fifteen months to fully finish the whole project with every single detail carefully designed and selected by Hisham Alaa, and all the works done on site supervised by “PHENOMENA STUDIO-Hisham Alaa Designs” Site supervision team.                     The facility consists of two floors, each is 1000m2, where the Ground floor connected with the lower Garden and encloses the Formal Salons, reception areas, formal living and dining hall with 9 m. length dining table with 28 chairs, office room and service counter including open kitchen, and house labor rooms.   The first floor -connected to the upper larger Garden- with a private pool/ Semi outdoor Gym, and a Family pool - The floor includes six master suites, and one Royal master suite with his and he...

2020-12-01 15:45:21

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is organizing a symposium on the history and architecture of Bayt Al- Sinnari

The Sinnari House (Bayt Al- Sinnari), the Natural and Cultural Heritage Documentation Center and the Manuscripts Center in the Cultural Communication Sector of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, are organizing a symposium open to the public under the title: “The Sinnari House, History, Culture and Heritage” on the occasion of the 226th anniversary of the establishment of the Sinnari House, on Sunday 29 November at the Sinnari Archeological House in El Sayeda Zeinab district in Cairo. The symposium will revolve around the history and architecture of Bayt Al- Sinnari, one of the most amazing examples of residential buildings dating back to 1794 AD. Its history was linked to the French campaign in Egypt (1798-1801 AD); where a number of the Science and Arts Committee members lived during the French campaign, the majority of whom were painters and engineers. Thanks to them, the famous Encyclopedia of  Egypt Description was written. Emphasis will be placed on the architectural components of the house and the restoration operations that have been carried out on it until the Library of Alexandria turned it into a house for "Science, Culture and Arts". The symposium includes a series of lectures. Dr. Mohamed Afifi, Head of the History Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, will deliver a lecture on "The French Campaign: East meets West", Dr. Osama Talaat, Head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of A...

2020-11-26 14:36:22

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Aten Museum in Minya, the Pharaonic spirit in modern architecture

Location : Minya Owner : culture ministry   It houses 10,000 artifacts and contains 14 museum exhibition halls The Aten Museum is one of the mega-national projects taking place in Minya Governorate. That long-awaited for dream which is located in the eastern Nile region, is one of the most important projects that have been completed currently after being stopped for many years with Egyptian arms. The Akhenaten Museum consists of 14 museum display halls. The number of artifacts scheduled to be displayed upon opening may reach 10,000 artifacts. The main hall will include the history of Minya through different eras, while the rest of the halls contain artifacts that recount the history and art of Aten period, in addition to a theater, a cinema, a conference hall that can accommodate about 800 people, an archaeological library, 19 bazaars, 5 artificial lakes overlooking the Nile, and a number of cafeterias, in addition to an administrative building with a center for staff training and another to revive heritage industries and crafts. The museum grounds, which overlook the Nile, take up 25 feddans. The building is made up of five floors and features 14 exhibition halls, a large conference hall, and a school of museum and restoration studies. There is an open air theatre displaying a collection of ancient Egyptian replicas. The Aten Museum would put Minya back on the world tourism map, and it would contribute significantly to raising the cu...

2020-12-08 10:49:00

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For the first time, two architects under the dome of the Egyptian Parliament

In an important step representing a new era for the state’s vision of the role that the architect plays in public affairs, and hence his role as a representative of the people, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took a decision to appoint both Professor Sahar Attia, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University     Dalia Al-Saadani,  architectural designer and winner of International Design Award – Italy as members of the Egyptian Parliament within several names that have been appointed according to the percentage appointed by the President of the Republic It is noteworthy that the specified percentage always represents a special value, as it is intended to appoint prominent individuals from important social and professional groups, but by their nature they do not possess the necessary popularity to exceed voting rates in elections such as engineers and other groups of society or different cultural groups. This is the first time that architects have been appointed in the Egyptian parliament, reflecting a deeper understanding of the nature of the role the architect plays in public affairs. The presence of these personalities is expected to contribute strongly to the issuance of legislation that would control the urban system and preserve the Egyptian architectural and civilizational heritage, especially in thorny architectural and urban issues such as dealing with her...

2021-01-09 19:38:06

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Launching a major architectural competition for young architects to find design solutions for small spaces in light of Coronavirus pandemic challenges

 An architecture competition for young architects and interior designers will be launched on first half of Jan. 2021. It's a major architectural competition named “Young Architects Competition 2021”, whose theme this year is “Design solutions for small spaces in light of Coronavirus pandemic challenges.” As a matter of fact, Coronavirus pandemic has added new challenges to architects, planners and interior designers in terms of creating livable interior spaces that are characterized by flexibility in use, sustainability and health safety. It's assumed that this epidemic continues threatening human lives. Consequently, it has become important to find safe spaces suitable for use in various purposes. It is certain that the matter is getting more difficult with small spaces in housing, commercial, educational or administrative sectors, which are activities that cannot stop under any circumstances. That is why the "Cairo International Construction Hub", a multi-activity urban event, launched a competition for young architects with a view to presenting alternatives and design solutions that enable users to practice activities safely in light of this challenge. The competition stipulates the fulfillment of a number of principles and conditions, the most important of which is the achievement of the principles of sustainability and the preservation of resources, as well as the need to respect the urban environment and the u...

2021-01-31 14:56:38

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Selection of a graduation project blending different civilizations among the top 50 graduation projects around the world

Areej Badr El-Din, a graduate of the Modern Academy whose project was selected among the best graduation projects in the world in the "Archiprix International" Competition for architecture, came the top of her class at the Modern Academy. She is currently working as a demonstrator, and she is doing her M.Sc. (master's degree) at Cairo University. In her last academic year, Areej, like many other students, worked on preparing a different and distinct idea to be her graduation project entitled "THE SECRET OF EGYPT", which was classified among the best Graduation Projects in the world.  The idea of the project relies on the revival of civilizations, and it consists of two major parts: The first is a cultural museum that displays the monuments in the different stages, Pharaonic,  Coptic and Islamic, which Egypt went through. We can describe it as a journey through different civilizations. She designed its blocks from the outside in a way that expresses each civilization, using decorations and symbols, provided that its exterior design is modern to attract tourists. The second part is a skyscraper, allowing tourists to see the Nile from the highest point. The design idea of the project is inspired by the clock gears, to reflect how each civilization led up to the birth of the civilization that follows it.  

2021-02-02 15:05:03

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? How to grasp the Islamic & Contemporary Architecture

  Written by : Dr Khaled Azab This question may come as a surprise to the readers, researchers, and professors specialized in Islamic architecture and Islamic monuments, in specific. However, grasping the Islamic architecture is still a long way ahead, unfortunately. Many have immersed themselves in the orientalist studies revolving around the form rather than the content in the fields of architecture and Islamic monuments. This had an effect that lasted until the 21st century. Not only on the academic curriculum, but also on architectural designs, metaphorically known as Islamic. Everyone sought form rather than content, which is the essence of Islamic architecture. Moreover, it is this essence that made it eye-catching in terms of the ornamental form. Also, if the design is contemplated, questions with logical answers emerging from architectural engineering will be raised. This is in addition to other questions with no answers residing in the western and cotemporary consciousness as a part of the mysteries and magic of the East linked to the Arabian Nights tales.                                                                  &nbs...

2021-02-23 14:43:39

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