Science Gate | International Competition


Bibliotheca Alexandria


6th of October City


79,800 m²




Project brief

The inspiration for the architectural design stems from the concept of five knowledge axes, shaping both inputs and outputs. This notion gave rise to an architectural approach characterised by “layering and succession.” These layers symbolise the diverse realms of knowledge. Some aspects remain entirely unknown, representing the most futuristic dimensions of life, knowledge, and science. Conversely, there are aspects that have been extensively explored, such as the shape and characteristics of various Earth components. In line with this concept, the architectural style employs a gradient of materials, ranging from highly transparent elements like glass and curtain walls to robust and opaque materials like lava stones. The use of firmer materials is concentrated closer to the Observatory Tower, where the past is often presented and exhibited. The design of the Observatory Tower serves a deliberate purpose, acting as both a gateway and a symbol of scrutiny over science and knowledge.

For our design philosophy, the Design Team envisions the Science Center as a platform that targets both the heart and mind of society. It not only imparts knowledge but also facilitates a shift in attitudes. The design philosophy underscores that science is not a sudden occurrence but rather the culmination of numerous layers of discoveries across ages, an ongoing journey. At the core of the layout lies the Observatory Tower, symbolising the “eye on knowledge.” Three principal axes of knowledge output are delineated: Social, Physical, and Industrial & Innovation Knowledge. Between these three axes, two input knowledge axes are identified, significantly impacting our lives: the axes of Life and Earth.






Architecture, Urban Design

Tower 2
Green Facade
1 copy