Gillespies to create Egyptian masterplan
Gillespies in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and BuroHappold aim to create an environmentally sustainable and vibrant new town on the 70-hectare site.
The masterplan will be firmly embedded within the cultural context and challenging terrain of the area, maximizing its views of the Pyramids and the Cairo skyline.
The development approach is described as people-oriented with social interaction and community cohesion at the heart of the proposals. Most amenities are available within walking distance and numerous attractive public spaces will be available for a variety of activities.
The new town will ultimately be home to around 6,500 people, composed of high-end apartments, townhouses and luxury villas, in addition to a mixed use ‘downtown’ area with new commercial office space, boutique shopping, restaurants, cafés, a boutique hotel and outdoor spaces.
The design team will collaborate with Wanders&yoo, headed by creative director Marcel Wanders, who have also been commissioned by Samcrete Development to revamp and expand the town’s business district.