Egypt – Giza
Badie Architects makes a difference with this house in Giza, Egypt, which looks like a giant sculpture without any parallel lines.
Mohamed Badie, founder of Cairo-based Badie Architects, ignores established conventions in favor of a direct connection with the natural world. Timeless, organic, complex… These are the keywords of this design in Giza, devoid of any parallel lines. “It’s not about imitating nature; we have to convey its message,” he explains. His studio, which aims “to redefine spatial experiences and therefore human behavior, while breaking with conventional paradigms,” has thus created a subtle dialogue between human habitation and the natural world using a wild visual vocabulary. “This may seem like a notorious abandon of order,” he points out, “but it is actually about submitting to the random flow of nature, letting go of artificial constraints and joining its graceful dance of forms in a movement that lies somewhere between realism and idealism.”
Harmony and balance
In response to the client’s request for “an original house that escapes the typical boxy plan,” this structure takes on the appearance of a luxurious cave, using uneven and undulating lines, with large windows. The design team used advances in computer science and innovative technologies to digitize this complex idea, eschewing parallel lines to form a series of voids and solids. “This allowed a diverse range of natural shapes to be constructed with great ease.” This project thus takes into account physical, psychological, and social dimensions, preserves the elements of the environment and focuses on the mental and emotional well-being provided by the space. While concrete is used as the exterior finishing material, the design of the house is based on its “waffle” framework, complemented by fiberglass, which brings a timeless vision of nature in all its forms.