The Capital Cairo project envisions a new administrative and financial capital that would extend Cairo eastwards to the coast of the Red Sea, creating a new urbanised zone for seven million residents.
The project is set to include a central business district and a government administrative district, as well as cultural attractions and a centre for innovation.
Over 100 residential neighbourhoods will be designed to fit among the natural wadi topography, made up of ravines that fill with water during occasional heavy rainfall. These are set to becomes areas of planting that direct natural breezes through the city.
SOM believes this approach will provide a sustainable new city that is suitable for the local environment, but that also supports a burgeoning economy.