Monday, June 15, 2009

ZAHA HADID - DOING IT IN CAIRO


A new state of the art facility for conferences and exhibitions begins in Cairo this year. Renowned ‘futuristic’ London-based British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid has created yet another amazing building, which will be one of the world’s top conference facilities.‘The undulating fluid forms of the Cairo Expo City design were inspired by the natural topography of the Nile valley,” said Zaha Hadid. "As the exhibition space requires the greatest degree of flexibility, we wanted to ensure all public space and the formal composition of Cairo Expo City relate to the surrounding Egyptian landscape. Along the great rivers of the region, particularly the Nile, there is a powerful dynamic - a constant flow of water and land - which extends to incorporate the neighbouring buildings and landscapes. For the Cairo Expo City design, we worked to capture that seamlessness and fluidity in an urban architectural context," she said.The City includes a 450,000 square metre exhibition and conference facility, a business hotel with a proposal for another office tower and a shopping centre. "This is truly a national project for Egypt," said Sherif Salem, CEO, General Organisation of International Exhibitions and Fairs (GOIEF ).Work on this project will begin in October this year to clear the site

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