Zaha Hadid has unveiled proposals for a 525,000 sq m office, shopping and hotel scheme in Cairo, Egypt
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The Stone Towers scheme in the city’s Stone District for developer the Rooya Group was inspired, according to Hadid, by the ‘mathematics’ of the region.
Hadid said: ‘I have visited Egypt many times and I have always been fascinated by the mathematics and arts of the Arab world.
‘In our office we have always researched the formal concepts of geometry - which relates a great deal to the region’s art traditions and sciences in terms of algebra, geometry and mathematics.’
She added: ‘With a large-scale project such as the Stone Towers, care must be taken to balance a necessary requirement for repetitive elements whilst avoiding an uncompromising repetition of static building masses.
’The architecture of [this scheme] pursues a geometric rhythm of similar, interlocking, yet individually differentiated building forms that creates a cohesive composition.’
The project has been designed alongside structural engineers Adams Kara Taylor.