The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Egypt has received a grant of LE300 million ($50.4 million) loan from the Japanese Government for completion of the final phase.
GEM is designed to provide an Egyptology centre of excellence for the next 100 years and will be sited near the pyramids of Giza. Arup is working on the design of the museum as part of a joint venture after winning an international architectural competition.
The museum will occupy a 50-acre site and will feature a translucent stone wall that will be 800m long. The wall will rise to 40m, allowing visitors to explore the sheltered space. Illuminated by the dramatic lighting schemes of the main building, the wall will add night-time drama to the desert landscape.
The main building will house the museum and a conference centre, connected by a large shaded courtyard and a exhibition space with 800-seat auditorium. The new building will house a restaurant, ticketing facilities and other services. On a separate part of the site, the conservation and energy centre will house special laboratories for cleaning, cataloguing and restoring artefacts.
The statue of King Tut would be the main attraction, including a number of artifacts from the Egyptian Museum that will be transferred to the GEM once the development is completed. Soft landscaping will provide outdoor leisure areas with internal circulation and access roads winding between them.
The museum will feature 100,000 artifacts with the government to spend $100 million on storage rooms and a renovation center for the GEM. Construction work would begin in mid-November 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2015.
Posted By Mohamed Mokhtar