Stefano Boeri Architetti
Masterplan Concept Design, Building Concept Design
MISR Italia Properties
Project: Stefano Boeri Architetti
Founding partner: Stefano Boeri
Partner in charge and project director: Francesca Cesa Bianchi
Project Leader: Eleonora Grassi
Masterplan Concept Design: Carlotta Capobianco, Sara Gangemi, Federico Panella, Shilong Tan, He Ruoyu.
Building Concept Design: Diego Ballini, Jacopo Colatarci, Benedetta Cremaschi, Paloma Herrero Ermakova, Hana Narvaez, Marco Neri, He Ruoyu.
Images: The Big Picture
Botanical and landscape consultant: Laura Gatti Studio
Stefano Boeri Architetti designed the project of three green architectures for the New Capital (New Administrative Town) under construction in the South East area of Cairo.
The three “green cubes” – that represent the prototype of an architecture thought and designed to be modified in its functional purposes and replied in the whole metropolis – measure 30 meters both in height and width and host 350 trees and more than 14000 shrubs and perennials belonging to 100 different species, one third of the genera living in the whole Greater Cairo.
The total green area will overcome 3600 sq.m. equal to the building footprint.
The three new vertical forests, that will be energetically self-sufficient, will absorb about 7 tons of carbon dioxide in one year and produce 8 tons of oxygen.
The three experimental buildings – one hotel and two apartment blocks – will be built by the Egyptian developer MISR Italia Properties in a central area of the New Capital.
While presenting the three green cubes, that have been designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti with the Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash as local partner and the collaboration of the landscape agronomist Laura Gatti, Stefano Boeri and Francesca Cesa Bianchi, partner and project director of SBA, introduced the vision of a Greener Cairo, that consists in six demineralization strategies for the Egyptian city.
In addition to the insertion of green buildings and vertical forests, the ecological conversion of Cairo includes a big campaign to make greener thousands of flat roofs in the city, the “vegetalization” of facades and the realization of a system of green corridors that will go through Cairo and will be gathered by a big orbital forest.
According to Stefano Boeri and Francesca Cesa Bianchi: “Cairo can become the first Northern-African metropolis to face the big challenge of the climate change and of the ecological reconversion”.
The construction of the buildings will begin in 2020 and it will be completed in 2022.