|Location||Garden Hills - 6 October|
|Owner||Egyptian Arabian Company for modern buildings and reconstruction|
|Scope of work||General Consultant|
|Site Area||51540 m2|
|Total Built Area||116155 m2|
|Completion Date||Under Construction|
A canyon is a deep valley often carved from the Earth by a river, defined as steep-walled features where the edge of the canyon is very sharply defined and forms something of a wall, bound by cliffs and cut by erosion
Narrow corridors formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some measure less than a few feet across but drop several hundred feet to the floor.
Plateau canyons begin with fast-moving rivers that cut deep into the river bottom over time. The water that forms them is powerful, but does not come and go quickly like flash floods cuts into the rock, wearing it down deeper and deeper. The harder the rock, the steeper the canyon. Softer rock results in walls that erode more quickly, creating a wider canyon that can be deep but not steep.
The design is based on inspiration from the evocative landscape and sustainable traditional architecture and the idea of a very expressive form Canyon is proposed to be an iconic building with a dynamic combination viewing decks that make a landmark, the canyon walls are relatively thin which allows ample natural light and air circulation within the dwellings. The canyon reinforces the project’s connection with nature while forming the primary circulation pattern. This path is carefully sculpted to produce a sense of mystery and create a variety of coves, caves, valleys and other exploratory spaces. Varying with each level, direct access from the canyon is provided to outdoor terraces.
The graceful flow of the Canyon and creates an iconic silhouette that will be memorable in the skyline. Interior streets encircled by courtyards associate all buildings and areas that cause to feel like a compact city. Soft curves of each building, location of spaces and their connection arcs create an elegant flow, open-air walkway that carves soft curves in the buildings’ forms, creating a dramatic “canyon” effect.
The fluid canyon condition connects the two entry plazas of the site with a “river” of free-standing detached retail units with a network of connective sky bridges, while simultaneously curating a series of framed views within the site.
Blossoming out of the 6th of October area as an exclusive world-class mixed use development providing a range of activities from fun-filled family entertainment to restaurants and facilities for business activities, Canyon Park will be a new landmark architectural masterpiece comprised of a regional mall, business/office buildings, a polyclinic with specialized medical services, and hotel apartments. To be built in the Garden Hills compound, Canyon Park’s role will be essential for being an administrative/commercial/leisure center and anchor offering a range of different services for both Garden Hills and residents in the surrounding suburban communities.
Being an anchor project, Canyon Park will be one of the first facilities to attract potential residents to move and settle down in the area. With its distance from chaotic city life, Canyon Park has the potential to be the first of many developments that will reshape the area, turning it into a prosperous residential community.
In designing Canyon Park, Elgabaly Architects sought to introduce the beauty in nature’s irregularity within the field of contemporary architecture, through reinterpreting the shapes of rock formations in organic forms. In doing so, Elgabaly envisions that that the architectural community will shift its focus from strictly concentrating on cultural/historical aspects of architecture to look more towards how manipulating natural patterns can bring about the best possible outcome.
Inspired the beauty of geological formations, the entire concept of the project is based on forming a contemporary architectural interpretation of the irregular patterns one would see in canyons, which are deep valleys formed by flowing water cutting through the territory from a point of higher elevation to a point of lower elevation. The source of the water that forms the canyons is up in the mountains where ice melts and begins to flow downward forming a path in the direction until it ends at the mouth of a larger river. This gradual process forms a canyon over time.