Half as tall as the Burj Dubai, this soaring tower (if realized) could absorb some of Cairo’s crowds.
How to deal with Cairo’s crowds is a complex dilemma that IAMZ Design Studio has approached with this soaring Father and Son Skyscraper. Inspired by the relationship between a father and son, the young Egyptian architect has fused traditional Islamic architecture with modern design in a concept for an 8,000 square meter building that receives its energy from the sun and boasts a series of carbon-sapping green roofs. Read on for more details and then let us know: do you have any ideas for revitalizing a once vibrant downtown Cairo?
Half as tall as the Burj
The building’s shape is based on Egypt’s Wadi Degla to signal a relationship between design and nature and it would be 470 meters tall – just over half as tall as the Burj Dubai, which would help to tackle the problem of Cairo’s crippling overpopulation.
Although the helipad might be something of a stretch, and definitely doesn’t address the needs of Cairo’s less affluent population, verdant terraces are an excellent solution to the terrible pollution that has come to characterize Egypt’s capital city. Plus they create much needed green spaces in an increasingly grey environment.
Solar energy and passive design
Energy to power the building would be harvested from the sun, mitigating dependence on fossil fuels amidst a massive energy shortage and escalating climate changes, while the building will receive its lighting and ventilation naturally thanks to passive design techniques.
Arabic script on the tower’s facade distinguishes the building from western towers, although it incorporates many of the design and technological elements that characterize more modern architectural developments. (More modern meaning something other than the ubiquitous concrete block buildings that fill up the Egyptian landscape.)
Given current economic conditions, it is unlikely that this design could be realized anytime soon, but perhaps in the future – let’s say in 2050, by which time some experts believe that Egypt could be among the world’s top 10 economies.
:: images courtesy of IAMZ Design Studio
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