Zaha Hadid Architects
The Stone Towers business park planned for a 180,000-square-meter site in
Cairo, Egypt, will combine world-class office facilities with retail stores, food
and beverage facilities, and a five-star hotel. The towers comprise 550,000
square meters above ground and another 600,000 square meters below ground.
Inspired by the patterns and textures of ancient Egyptian stonework, the tower
facades will be covered with recesses and protrusions that capture the effects
of light and shadow.
Working together, the project team achieved programmatic variety that creates
a rich mixed-use environment for office tenants. The building forms fan out
from the site like a metaphoric delta. The architecture pursues a rhythm of like,
interlocking, yet individually differentiated buildings. Each building follows
a similar set of rules yet is entirely unique. The facade design incorporates a
series of repetitive features used for economy but reconfigured in each building
scenario for variety.
2010 BE INSPIRED AWARDS
Bentley’s design software resolved initial concerns regarding collaboration
among the project team and other consultants in the United Kingdom and
abroad. The file-referencing system and streamlined workflows among multiple
disciplines allowed the team to cross-reference complex 2D and 3D information
to efficiently produce a fully integrated and coordinated design.