London-based studio to design mushroom-shaped structure for Cairo science complex

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London-based studio Weston Williamson has won a competition to design the Cairo Science City, a new major science complex in Egypt’s capital.

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The firm was selected over the likes of Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as a number of other firms such as Mayalsian firm Ngiom Partnership.

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The 125,000m2 complex will be located on the western edge of Cairo and is set to become “the first 21-st century science museum, learning and research facility in Egypt”, according to the architects.

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Featuring a museum, a planetarium, an observation tower and a conference centre, the project will also house exhibition galleries, research facilities and extensive landscaping.

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The images submitted by the architects display a circular structure made up of mushroom-shaped structures that altogether create a network of indoor and outdoor spaces.

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“Needless to say that Egypt has a unique cultural heritage, but we were also attracted by the ambition of the project,” said studio co-founder Chris Williamson.

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“We look forward to developing the design and creating something worthy for Egypt’s future generations.”

The competition was overseen by a jury that included American architect Michael Sorkin and Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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The facility will form part of the wider development of 6th of October City, the former capital of the 6th of October Governorate.

Additionally, SOM has proposed to design a new capital city for Egypt, while plans for a Cairo skyscraper modelled on Egypt’s famous pyramids have been put forward by the country’s government.

 

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