|Location||Heliopolis - Cairo|
|Scope of work||Architecture & Landscape Conceptual Design & Working Drawing|
|Total Built Area||6000 m2|
|Total Estimated Coast||20 Million EGP|
In the 26th of November 2010 the Guinness world record association awarded largest food court in the world to Tivoli Dome project which is located in Heliopolis, Cairo as the biggest place specializes in catering and cafes only in the world, and it is the first project in Egypt and the Arab world enters the Guinness Book of Records.
The grand opening of Tivoli Dome Heliopolis was on September 2009 and from this time it became a destination for different ages and segments of society and attracts guests seeking recreation and quiet away from the noise and pollution in downtown Cairo.
Tivoli Dome project is the first in a series of Dome projects which specialized in (food court) and the next was Zayed Dome which its grand opening was on November 2011.
Site Potentials: Tivoli Dome Heliopolis located at the geographical central of Heliopolis Suburb in Omar Ebn El Khatab Street. It is an amid place among the high-end residential neighborhoods and the commercial areas at El Mirghani & El Nozha streets, and among the huge commercial centers at Nasr City & Heliopolis as it is just 1 kilometer from City Stars project, which is one of the largest mall centers and most of them in terms of the number of visitors per day. Tevoli Dome Heliopolis is a 5700 m2 with a 40% building percentage of the total area means that the total built-up area is 4560 m2 consisting of 16 cafes and restaurants and opened rounded main square with a surface of almost 3500 m2 In addition to the public baths spaces, service rooms and parking spaces for 500 cars, as the parking spaces have been split into two surfaces the first one is within the site boundaries accommodating 50 cars, and the second one is outside the site and accommodates 450 cars.
Design aspects & objectives: The apparent contradiction between the design determinants of the site amid residential areas and commercial areas that attract large numbers of visitors and their negative properties in terms of heavy traffic congestion throughout the day which causing noise & pollution, green spaces scarcity, parking spaces and the density of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks, in which it conflicts with the privacy and independence of restaurants and cafés overlooked the streets directly, and between the ambitious design goals which aims to offer an urban and architectural environment matching with the project’s functional nature as a place for recreation, relaxation and calm and a place for meeting and for public & private occasions (events), in integration with nature under enjoyment of social communication
Design Concept: Based on the design’s determinants and goals, the design thought has directed towards the architectural, sophisticated and non-stereotyped configuration keeps away from the traditional system for scripts & arcades of restaurants and cafés overlooking the street to how to create a vacuum for the project including the all functional, environmental & social objectives of the project, and derives its architectural character from the architectural heritage of Heliopolis Suburb’s old buildings and in integration with the free architectural nature-inspired formations.
That’s why the design concept is based on the following two main design axes:
- Architect Form
- Internal court: The idea of the internal court and the look of all blanks surrounding it to the inside is one of the architectural inherited of Islamic architecture and Egyptian, and been revival employing this open court to achieve the project design objectives which represented in privacy by Keeping away from the noise and pollution, and by complementary with nature and general separation from traffic plus it is a healthy environment and suitable for relaxation, recreation and social communication between the place visitors.
- Privacy: Where buildings considered as independent interstitial containment and isolated from the main street with all its disadvantages from noise and pollution due to the traffic and also, the privacy of visual dimension for the Maximilian pedestrian o restaurants and cafeterias overlooking the main streets.
- Social Interaction
- Theater Concept: as the internal court is considered as an open theatre where people enjoy watching others, experiences & information exchanging and others from social, technical and economic areas which impress general public.
- Human Scale: the non-specific widening vacuum scale doesn’t commensurate with the desire in the sense of containment, privacy and psychological comfort, so the design concept of the interior courtyard has derived the kind romantic features from the fact of the human feelings and sensations to achieve the factor of comfort, recreation and relaxation of the internal courtyard.
Rotunda: the design concept of the interior courtyard which inspired by Islamic architecture did not settle at the basic shapes of square and rectangle, but has been employed through a circular shape so as to achieve the higher rates of symmetry for vision and the importance of the site for all project interfaces, where all outlets of the restaurants and cafeterias are in prime locations and neutralized and gives the same amount of visual space, both from the inside to the outside, or vice versa.
As well as the round shape motion path is clear and explicit, and in which the passers can roam in front of the facades of restaurants and cafes to choose a favorite place to sit, as well as the visitor through one tour can look forward to see all the pioneers of place sitting inside the project internal oasis which give a full desire to the visitor to communicate and socialize largest with a number of members of the community in public places.
Architectural identity: the architectural identity is considered as the most important goals for the design concept of the project, and the architectural identity been derived based on two main axes are as follows:
1-Baron Emban’s architectural
The Schematic & architectural heritage of Heliopolis suburb is rich of features and vocabulary for the classic architectural of Swiss architectural engineer Baron Empain who designed and implemented the urban planning and architectural character of Heliopolis suburb.
The location is in the Omar Bin Al Khattab Street in the heart of Heliopolis suburb, which is considered as one of the most important inner suburbs of Cairo city, where the distinguished architectural and urban inheritance of the classic architecture, which was built during the reign of Baron Empain who excelled in its urban planning and excelled in the design of buildings architecturally, Left us a specialized legacy and a unique and distinguished architecture in terms of the distribution of departments, services, movement axes and the design of streets and squares, and the most important of them is Baron Palace and Humdrum.
Shopping Arcades: where the arcades of Baghdad Street, Korba and central of old Heliopolis been revived and updated in the external facades of the project to form external framework simulates with the system of arcades, palaces and columns of the architecture of Baron Empain, and the arcades system in the rounded façade of the internal oasis has culminated the details modernity to express the starting and the desire to be free from restrictions.
The project landscape in the center of Heliopolis Suburb and the place architectural character influenced by architectural heritage of Baron Empain architecture is accompanied, toned and docked with the functional, psychological and social features of the place, where it is considered as an entertainment center mixed by feelings of joy and freedom from restrictions of close areas and limited space scale searching for serenity, tranquility and nature enjoyment. So the implications of landscape architecture with the smooth and technical configurations appears through the same free configurations and under the influence of fluid architecture through the expression of the ground layers movements in flexible, consecutive and fluid architecture.
This diversity in design influences in the classic architectural character of Baron Empain spontaneous architecture and the smoothness for the configurations of the project architecture, gives a unique architectural character and harmonious with the social and living conditions.