‘There is a promise, 7000 years old, consisting of built space – the city’ – the city as a treasury of spaces, the architect’s, the urbanist’s dream through the ages, something that got lost in our brave modern times, a dream that must be revitalised; consistent urban patterns must be reinvented again. Porosity as its most precious ingredient plays a vital role in that strive for urban dense space. This porous density – as it seems to us – is so much easier to achieve in the south, in an environment that doesn’t claim each single ray of sunlight to be gathered, that isn’t anxious about a vital public and semi public life of a neighbourhood, that is tolerant to the ‘horror’ of children’s play, screaming at the top of their voices.
So we did: – we think, this pattern of freestanding townhouses, with its multiple orientation of almost each apartment, with its prestige of almost-a-villa atmosphere, can do the job. The variety of apartment layouts of different sizes and orientation is almost unlimited, adoptable to the market. The rooftop villas, only schematically done in this conceptual, should be developed to singular characters, stressing the playful serenity of Block 33.
The wavelike gesture of the colonnade façades lining the Rambla makes the most out of the movement of the flaneur – the wave gives more direct and intimate connection to the shop windows in the shade of the colonnade, a better selling at the end, a consumers delight, serendipity-style.
Westown Cairo Block 33
Residential, office and retail
Sodic Solidere International
Schultes Frank Architekten
Frank Schultes Witt
Axel Schultes Charlotte Frank
Timm Bauer Lobeck
reinforced concrete fairfaced concrete