The Great Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt
Program: Permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, commercial areas and services, administration, conservation etc.
Size: 86,200 sqm
Status: competition completed in 2002
The central idea for the museum’s design is create an underground exhibition area, both restoring the ancient Egyptian pieces that were originally intended to be underground and minimizing the effect of the built environment on the landscape of the original pyramid.
In this way, the museum itself is not a visible building, but rather a building defined by various emerging elements that combine to create the exterior image of the institution.
These elements, as frequently happens in Egyptian ancient architecture, deal with specific points of a process (i.e. approaching, entering, moving through, staying in, etc) while simultaneously stand like abstract marks in the landscape.