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Cairo Expo City

  • Cairo, Egypt
  • 2009 – TBC
  • GOIEF, Egypt
  • Planning
  • 190,000 m²m2
  • Exhibition Hall: Footprint 132,586m² Floor Area: Approx 154,162m² Conference Centre: Footprint 11,600m² Floor area): Approx 38,450m²

The natural confluence patterns of the Nile delta inspire our proposal for an ‘exhibition and conference city’ for Cairo – with a central ‘river’ and extending ‘tributaries’ explored to define circulation and the nature of clustered buildings – each with its own mass, all relating to an overall vision.

Our proposal for Cairo Expo City – a unique and iconic exhibition and conference city for Cairo – comprises international exhibition centre, conference complex and business hotel, located between downtown Cairo and the airport.

Urban strategy pursues the notion of an homogeneous urban cluster map, adapted to site boundaries, in which individual buildings, each with its own mass are grouped to serve an overall configuration and vision.

The natural confluence patterns of the Nile delta provide inspiration for the project – with a central artery or river running north to south across the site, into which secondary tributaries, defined by visitor movements, converge – effectively forming the built landscaped, individual structures, their entrances and circulatory systems. Horizontal expansion of the center is balanced by the strong vertical presence of the hotel at its northern extremity.

Fluid landscaped spaces feed the center’s undulating volumes as sequenced vortex lines merge into their patterned outer skins.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Viviana Muscettola, Michele Pasca di Magliano

Project Team

Kutbuddin Nadiadi, Effie Kuan, Loreto Flores, Hee Seung Lee, Alvin Triestanto, Pierre Forrisier, Philipp Ostermaier, Xia Chun, Victoria Goldstein, Shirley Hottier, Katrina Wong, Natalie Popik, Gerry Cruz

Competition Team

Viviana Muscettola, Michele Pasca di Magliano, Charles Walker, Tariq Khayyat, Kutbuddin Nadiadi, Ludovico Lombardi, Effie Kuan, Loreto Flores, Bianca Cheung, Dominiki Dadatsi, Feng Lin, Annarita Papeschi, Hee Seung Lee, Dawna Houchin, Monica Noguero, Rafael Contreras, Maria Araya, Fernando Poucell, David Campos, Seda Zirek


Buro Happold

Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner and Theobald

Specialist Engineer

Buro Happold

Theatre Consultant

Theater Projects Consultants

Lighting Consultant

Office for Visual Interaction

Landscape Architect

Gross Max