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GEM // Great Egyptian Museum Cairo // EGY

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Museum for the Egyptian archaeological collection in Giza/Cairo, Egypt
Miguel Loos in collaboration with Danielle Huls
Ministry of Culture of the Arabic Republic of Egypt
2002
35.000m2 exhibition area, storage-space, offices, congress center and amenities
compentition entry
Giza, Cairo, Egypt
The proposed museum building is situated on the desert plateau, hovering close to its edge. The broad flights of stairs form the entrance to a huge void which cuts through the whole building and serves as the interior access network of the museum.

Determined by cosmic apparitions as well as earthly sights, the void touches the skin of the building and the volume is cut open. All functional areas are arranged in separate "houses" which can be accessed individually from the public void. Within the circular shape of the museum building, a multitude of exhibition layouts are possible.

What looks like an anonymous block of stone from the outside, turns out to be a hollowed-out structure with quasi-urban qualities from the inside.
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