Development of a Cultural Center at Historic Cairo
|Location : Cairo, Egypt||Year : 1998||Owner : Ministry of Culture
||Work-scope : Preliminary Design|
|The city of Cairo already draws strongly on its existing cultural hubs for tourism and leisure, with the strong central zone that includes Down Town’s Egyptian Museum and the many art galleries, Zamalek’s Cairo Opera House, Mokhtar Museum and Museum of Ceramics, and Roda’s Nilometer. To the west on the desert’s edge is the site of the new Egyptian Museum and the Memphite Necropolis including the pyramid fields of Giza, Abusir, Sakkara and Dahshur.
By tapping into the latent energy of Historic Cairo, we introduce a third cultural zone that would hold its own in the east. This would be the home of appropriate cultural events such as music, theatre and crafts, injecting life into the restored monuments and bringing much needed public interest.
The project starts by restoring the original urban fabric of Historic Cairo, where the north-south flowing Muezz Street, which was literally the ‘spine’ of the historic city, was broken by the east-west flowing Azhar Street .
Al Azhar Mosque and the nearby Ghouri complex comprised the action zone along with the houses of Khatoun, Harrawi and Sitt Wasila to the immediate south and the Muez Street all the way down to the Fakahani mosque and Bab Zuweila to the south.
Great importance is given to the residential heart, as community development projects there would catalyse the development of the area at large.
The project comprises four main areas of action and two dynamic axes;
Axis A, culture and heritage: Mohamed Abdo St. and the houses of Khatoun and Ghouri
Axis B, social and residential: Dardeery St. and the houses of Gamal AlDin Al Zahaby and Zeinab Khatoun
Urban complex A: Public Spaces of Al Azhar Mosque and its surroundings
Urban complex B: Gamal Al Din Al Zahaby Arabic Music Center
Urban complex C: Zeinab Khatoun, Al Harrawi and Sitt Wasila Creative Arts Center
Urban complex D: Al Ghouri Complex Cultural Center
|1. Public Spaces of Al Azhar Mosque and its surroundings
|The general status of Al Azhar area
||The master-plan of the rehabilitation of Al Azhar area
|Perspective of Al Azhar piazza towards Al Hussein
||Perspective of Al Azhar piazza towards Abu Al Dahab
||Perspective of Al Hussein piazza from the southern entrance
||Perspective of Al Hussein piazza form the eastern entrance
|2. Gamal Al Din Al Zahaby Arabic Music Center|
|Perspective of Gamal Al Din Al Zahaby area after rehabilitation
||The geometric order of the House Gamal Al Din Al Zahaby
|3. Zeinab Khatoun, Al Harrawi and Sitt Wasila Creative Arts Center|
|Zeinab Khatoun, Sitt Wasila & Harrawy area before rehabilitation||Master-plan of the area after rehabilitation|
|Perspectives of the area after rehabilitation
|4. Al Ghouri Complex Cultural Center|
|Al Ghoury area before rehabilitation
||Master-plan of Al Ghoury area after rehabilitation|
|Perspectives of the area after rehabilitation|