Foster + Partners has won an international competition to re-masterplan the Maspero Triangle district in west central Cairo
The project for the Egyptian Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS) will introduce new residential, commercial and retail spaces to the neighbourhood.
Low income residents will also be rehoused within the 35 hectare riverside district. Egypt’s Dar al Handasah; Japan-based Isozaki, Aoki & Associates and WZMH Architects of Canada were among the teams shortlisted.
The full shortlist
Dar al Omran/ Studio 5 (Jordan / Egypt)
Dar al Handasah/ Perkins + Will (Egypt / USA)
Sunjin/ AR&P/ d’Appolonia (Korea / Italy / Egypt)
Stefano Boeri F&M Ing. Baukuh (Italy)
Isozaki, Aoki & Associates/ 5+UDC (Egypt/ Japan)
Associated Consultants/ Aecom (Egypt / USA)
Foster + Partners (UK)
WZMH Architects (Canada)
CDC Abdelhalim & Partners (Egypt / Germany)
Foster + Partners senior executive partner Grant Brooker commented: ‘We are delighted to have won the masterplan design competition for the Maspero Triangle.
‘We believe this is an exciting opportunity to transform the lives of the people that live in this neighbourhood – supporting the vibrant public realm by giving them greener community spaces, and a better place to live and work, while creating new spaces for offices, retail and residences.
‘On the banks of the River Nile, the future of Maspero burns bright, and we are sure our sustainable model of development will set the benchmark for urban regeneration throughout the country.’
Foster’s winning scheme will create new commercial and residential spaces along the riverfront and main street while introducing mixed-use buildings and community spaces within the central core.
A statement from the studio explained: ‘This allows the existing population of the district to maintain their overlapping spatial live-work relationships while new office and retail spaces on the edges of the site create employment opportunities for the entire city of Cairo.’
The first phase will see greenery introduce into existing empty plots. A new footbridge over the Nile and central open space is meanwhile planned alongside a retail spine and food market.
Bordering the Nile and Egypt’s revolutionary epicentre Tahrir Square, the triangle-shaped plot of land is home to around 14,000 residents.
Earlier redevelopment proposals were met with opposition by local residents fearing forced evicted of their families after generations of living in the area.
In December last year however the country’s minister of urban development, Laila Iskander promised there would be no forced evictions under the project.
Named after French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero, the neighbourhood features a 240 metre-long river frontage and the landmark headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union.