Badya City Phase 1 Landscape Concept Design

Cairo, Egypt, 2018 - 2020

Blueprint for public space in the new district, along with all the open space belonging to apartment complexes, with a focus on sustainable rainwater management, recreational usage and a convenient pedestrian and cycle-path network

  • Client: Palm Hills Development Company
  • Timeframe: 2018 - 2020
Sketch of a neighborhood park with a kiosk and a café, play and sports areas, plus a multifunctional square for events
Sketch of a neighborhood park with a kiosk and a café, play and sports areas, plus a multifunctional square for events

With, as its point of reference, the Badya City masterplan developed by AS+P which is a constituent element of strategic planning for the “6th of October City” satellite city 30 km west of Cairo, the commission was awarded to plan additional open space for the projected area in the first development phase. The public space in this approx. 140-hectare district comprises around 22% of the project area. Another integral part of the blueprint is to design the open space and the inner courtyards for the 28 apartment clusters. As a requirement for any further planning measures, a design concept with detailed guiding principles and a design handbook were developed.

 

Location plan of apartment cluster with inner courtyard for residents, suitable for a variety of uses and designed on the basis of a specific stylistic language
Location plan of apartment cluster with inner courtyard for residents, suitable for a variety of uses and designed on the basis of a specific stylistic language
Sketch of neighborhood park with adjacent “living street” in the apartment cluster
Sketch of neighborhood park with adjacent “living street” in the apartment cluster

The vision of a resource-efficient, green city where distances are short, based on the idea of the kind of “living street” where not cars but residents and their needs are the main focus, has been developed consistently. Networked parks of differing sizes, attractive urban squares and sports areas with a wide range of active and passive recreation-related activities form the green backbone of the neighborhoods. The entire traffic network is geared to the requirements of cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Functional diagrams illustrating the principles behind the design and the usage of a sports park
Functional diagrams illustrating the principles behind the design and the usage of a sports park
Planning detail of a sports park with a wide range of activities
Planning detail of a sports park with a wide range of activities

One major consideration was to take account of the climatic context and to plan the open spaces sustainably, using, for instance, plant concepts suitable for the particular climate, predominantly with local, aridity-tolerant varieties, shading concepts for public spaces, the preferred use of local materials and rainwater management in the form of “blue-green infrastructures”.

 

Birdseye view of the sports park
Birdseye view of the sports park
Sketch of the back-to-back open spaces that also serve to retain surface water
Sketch of the back-to-back open spaces that also serve to retain surface water

AS+P was assisted by Kardorff Ingenieure for light planning and by Unit Design for signage and guidance systems.

Functional diagram illustrating the principles behind designing and using a sports park
Functional diagram illustrating the principles behind designing and using a sports park
Sketch of a living street – traffic-calmed street for residential purposes and for play
Sketch of a living street – traffic-calmed street for residential purposes and for play