INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION OF THE SCIENCE CITY DUNESCAPE: THE UNDULATING PATTERNS OF NATURE BY ARCHITECT: NGIOM LIM.
Out of 145 entries from across the world, Malaysian firm Ngiom Partnership bagged the second prize with its highly contextual Dunescape: The Undulating Pattern of Nature proposal.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt launched an open international competition for a “Master Plan and Conceptual Design of the Science City” to be located in 6th of October City near Cairo. It is intended to be a landmark for the 6th of October City and will symbolize the rebirth of the study of science in Egypt.
It will be the first 21st century science museum, learning and research facility in Egypt. The brief called for “a set of buildings and spaces that must be inspiring on the outside and motivating and exciting on the inside to visitors and employees alike
The objectives of the competition was to find the comprehensive plan and design for a scientific complex on a site of approximately 124,994 M2, which will house interactive science exhibitions, a museum, a planetarium, an observation tower, research and development facilities, workshops and a conference centre.
Concept and Design
Desert sands textures and colors are captured through its seamless sense of subtlety. Sand cascade along the ground through patterns of wind movement creating crests of giants sand forming dunes and ripples. These bedforms of diverse shapes, heights and sizes, create undulating wave-like patterns. The architectural curves were modelled on the rhetorical analogy of golden sand dunes which form the desert landscape of Cairo in Egypt. The metaphorical approach of the sand dunes mirrors urban architecture of form and function.