Khan Khalily Pyramids

Client: Private Client

Khan Khalila is a major mixed used urban complex proposed for a site adjacent to the main road to the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The project provides 250 living units, a shopping soque, mosque and parking for 460 cars in a 5 level development. Elements of traditional Islamic architecture are used to create a formal park-like setting for the project. Public pedestrian spaces are organized in a formal grid plan above the parking level and are surrounded on all four sides by buildings to create a cloistered pedestrian sector, protected from the harsh climate. Narrow pedestrian streets, reminiscent of the shaded streets in traditional Egyptian cities are lined on both sides with shops on the main level. A wider pedestrian street defines a major axis in the scheme leading from a ceremonial gate to a small mosque and major public space. Courtyard housing units are arranged on the three floors above. The design is embellished with mosaic pavements of traditional Islamic design as well as pools and fountains.