Father and Son Skyscraper / IAMZ Studio

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The concept for the Father and Son skyscraper, designed by IAMZ Studio, is divided into three main elements including the shape, style and urban design along with green areas implemented into the design. The main reason for the skyscraper typology is to decrease the crowding in the capital Cairo. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The main shape is taken from the relationship between Father and son Shapes based off of the Wadi Degla rocks shapes in order to create a relationship between design and nature. With a height of 470 meters, this urban design marks a sign of growth in the city of Cairo.

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There is a mixture between the modern and Islamic architecture shown in the style of the building. The Islamic architect reflects the identity of the place and the modern architect reflects to the time we are living in. I didn’t apply the Islamic architect as it is, but I followed another way to simulate it.

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In regard to green roofs and green areas, planting green areas in the design was intended to increase the refreshment of air and the humidity of the dry places. The green area is healthy for oxygen and it gives a good view for the users of the building.

site plan

The place of the building is in close proximity to the airport from the north. One of the mains views from the skyscraper is Digla Valley which is a main tourist attraction which can in turn attract them to the hotel from the valley. It’s obvious from the mixture of the two architectural methods that the Islamic architect is rotating in a counterclockwise direction while the modern architect is rotating in the clockwise direction.

first floor plan

The more we go up off the ground, the more of the negative energy we experience and the more we get close to the earth, the more positive energy we experience. The negative energy comes from the ultra violet radiation of the sun and to transform it to a positive energy, we use it to light any space with indirect light. The same is used for ventilation in using all the surfaces with the solar cells to provide cleaner energy.

Architects: IAMZ Studio
Location: Cairo,
Lead Architect: Ahmed Elseyofi
Area: 8000 m2
Project Elements: Administration, Residential, Tourist area, Cultural district, Media zone, Recreational area, A part for public services, Small medical zone “for emergency”

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Father and Son Skyscraper / IAMZ Studio" 14 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=207462>
  • ahmet mirpen

    it is great build

  • Ethan Vonderheide

    This is the best building I have seen that seamlessly blends in greenery…. it also helps that it’d shape looks more organic

  • SoshA


    Such harmonic curves which indeed give the building a distinctive & adorable identity. Hope to see it soon in Cairo.

  • axel lordo

    amazing work :)