Esplanade Eastown

Cairo, Egypt
Visualization © nabil gholam architects
Visualization © nabil gholam architects
Visualization © nabil gholam architects
Visualization © nabil gholam architects
Visualization © nabil gholam architects
Architects
nabil gholam architects
Location
Cairo, Egypt
Year
2008
Cost
Undisclosed
Stories
1-5 Stories
Project

5 floors 49 000 m², 1 basement 27 000 m²
3D images: nabil gholam architects, Naji Sleiman, V-Pictures
3D Animation: Squint Opera

Shortlisted Residential Future Category Cityscape 2010

The residential development is located in Cairo Eastown, a development bordered by a pedestrian green spine with plots located grouped around central green space.

With strategic views to these green spaces, the resulting concept combines modularity and flexibility.

Formed from an adaptive repetition of building unit bars of 5.4m x 16m, apartment types are generated from a combination of these bars. The outcome is 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom types ranging from 90 to 350sqm.

The flexibility of the bars allows for a horizontal sliding in two directions, which results in a natural extension of interior spaces in one instance or a recessed loggia on the opposite side of the bar.

The resulting massing encloses spaces creating internal green courtyards. Passages bridged and extruding kiosks combined with contemporary translation of mousharrabiyye characterize modern interpretations of vernacular elements.  

Double exposure, deep balconies and cross ventilated rooms are all features of these units. Green roofs benefit in recovery of green spaces as well as housing solar tube pergolas.

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