Author: Hesham Emam
Instructors: Prof. Talaat el dally- TA. Amin Osama
Faculty Of Fine Arts- Cairo- Helwan University
The project is located in El Khalifa district, Cairo.
The historical Cairo has been known for archaeological and urbanistic importance. Numerous streets and old dwellings, in the heart of the traditional urban fabric, form the human settlements, which goes back to the middle Ages.
The proposal aims to connect El khalifa street to the side of Tulun mosque through a cultural/commercial Gate with a Social impact for Dwellers and visitors that adds value to El khalifa district.
The location was the main challenge as it is a vital and crucial district with a high density urban fabric that blends with the historical context, the gradation of urban fabric gives the project it’s unique identity and diversity in space and volume.
The project is divided into 3 zones: Commercial, Cultural and Memorial zone.
the commercial zone is designed to enhance the shopping experience within an authentic contemporary architecture with a glimpse of the oriental market that attracts both dwellers and visitors and is designed to be flexible for the everyday use by using a modular design of a shop unit (10 m x 5m x 3m).
The cultural zone creates a contemporary artistic environment for both architects and artists which is inspired by the historical Cairo and will be extending social bridges between dwellers and visitors, the main cultural building is designed to frame the site surroundings by using a seethrough shell which is inspired from Ibn Tulun mosque patterns.
The memorial zone takes you into a journey through the forgotten city of Tulun. The memorial halls lay along side Tulun mosque’s south wall each one showing an era of the forgotten city using a hologram technology with a backgound view of Ibn Tulun mosque.
Finally the character of the project is reflected on the graphics and drawings that is inspired from the Orientalist’s paintings.