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Land of Egypt Park
Throughout antiquity, Egypt is standing relied on its agricultural wealth and, therefore, on the Nile . Agriculture had not been the original basis of subsistence, but evolved, together with the land itself. The Nile’s annual inundation was relatively reliable, and the floodplain and Delta were very fertile, making Egyptian agriculture the most secure and productive in the Near East. The Nile and its inundation were basic to the Egyptian world-view. The "Land of Egypt" Gallery will celebrate the wealth of the land of Egypt and the Nile. It will also contain a live restoration workshop featuring the restoration program of a large solar boat.
 
 
The ‘Land of Egypt’ park is a thematic park intended to reflect and supplement the themes of the Grand Egyptian Museum. The park is conceived as a ‘secret’ garden, ‘discovered’ after the long climb from the Piazza.
Based on the patterns of lush vegetation which line the banks of the Nile, the ‘Land of Egypt’ park provides an opportunity for cultivated areas. These areas will display the botanical species of ancient Egypt demonstrating the processes and cycles of cultivation and its important relationship with the River Nile.
The ‘Land of Egypt’ Park is sunken and enclosed by monumental retaining walls, thus enhancing its dramatic perception. The park is grounded in research into perceptions and uses of the ancient Egyptian agricultural landscape.
 
Nile Park

The ‘Nile Park’ is to be reflective of the River Nile, the life-giving vein which in ancient Egypt created the opportunity to cultivate the land. Besides the master grid, the meandering ‘Nile Park’ forms the main organizing element for the GEM site regarding placement, geometry and consistency.

It is a linear visual and auditory experience of the many forms water can take: still, running, falling, trickling, cascading...

The ‘Nile Park’ is the one significant element of the master plan which physically and visually connects every landscape zone of the GEM.

 
Sometimes it is cascading and an intense interactive water feature, while at other places the ‘Nile Park’ line is only indicated by stone.
 
The Temple Garden
The ‘Temple Garden’ will be made up of a series of gardens to the front of the museum galleries bounded by a radial strip of stepped surfaces accommodating the ‘ temple garden buildings ’ .
The ‘Temple Garden’ will be a thematic collection of gardens, designed with reference to tomb and temple gardens in ancient Egypt. From the ‘Temple Garden’ another landscape feature the ‘Pyramids climb’ lead up to the ‘Dunal Park’. Flanking the ‘Temple Garden’ is a long radial strip housing two restaurants. One restaurant serving the museum visitors ‘The Temple garden Restaurant’ and one outside the museum boundary serves with separate entrance road - ‘Pyramids Restaurant’. This restaurant would remain open at night after the museum has closed.
 
The Roof Garden

The third floor of the conference building, the ‘Roof Garden’ and offices, is the final gallery tray. It continues the concept of the solid stepping form with the roof gliding over.

The sheltered external ‘Roof Garden’ enables the roof to be seen in a different light and provides the managerial offices with a private external space. The use of this roof garden is flexible, for this reason access for the public, if so desired, has been provided for. There is a main route leading from the more public first floor level to the roof garden.

The ‘Roof Garden’ could be rented out as a show-room space to various business organizations. Another benefit of this area is that future expansion could be absorbed on this floor plate, this is another reason why the roof structure is concrete with a perforated stainless steel sheet above similar to that of the main museum.

The digital stream walls on ‘Roof Garden’ are 550mm, concrete faced with stone. They break down the expanse of the roof garden, giving it a scale that is easier to inhabit. They stagger in plan allowing for panoptic views across possibly the final exhibition tray. The third floor slab of the roof garden has a 300mm step to incorporate drainage / insulation / paving. If future expansion occurs this sectional difference in height will be absorbed by a 300mm raised floor, bringing the new expanded space to the same floor level as the existing offices.

The ‘Roof Garden’ is protected from the severeness of the Egyptian Sun through the shading mechanism on the roof. The roof takes the place of what would be a natural canopy of trees within a conventional garden.
 
Dunal Park

The ‘Dunal Park’ is based on the landscape of the desert plateau bordering the Nile Valley providing spectacular views across Cairo, Giza and the entire museum site.

As an experience of Egyptian dual landscape and desert vegetation, walking tours may be conducted to demonstrate and explain the unique qualities of dunal landscape forms.

The ‘Dunal Park’ forms a connection between the Pyramid Climb and ‘Dunal Park’, as well as acting as an attraction in its own right.