Stone Tower in Cairo nods to the mathematics and arts of the Arab world
These are images of Stone Towers, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
The towers for client the Rooya Group are located in the Stone Park district of Cairo and provide office and retail space for a rapidly expanding city.
The 525,000m² development includes a five-star business hotel with serviced apartments, retail with food and beverage facilities as well as sunken landscaped gardens and a plaza called 'the delta'.
Ancient Egyptian stonework incorporates a vast array of patterns and textures that, when illuminated by Cairo’s intense sunlight, creates animated displays of light and shadow.
Hadid said she has always been fascinated by the mathematics and arts of the Arab world.
“In our office we have always researched the formal concepts of geometry, which relates a great deal to the region’s art traditions and sciences in terms of algebra, geometry and mathematics.”
She noted with a large-scale project like this, care had to be taken “to balance a necessary requirement for repetitive elements whilst avoiding an uncompromising repetition of static building masses”.
Hadid said: “The architecture of Stone Towers pursues a geometric rhythm of similar, interlocking, yet individually differentiated building forms that creates a cohesive composition.”