DESERTWOOD CAIRO is a project to start using the historical building material wood again in Egypt.
In Cooperation with the timber work professorship of the Technical University of Munich and the Ain Shams University of Cairo the goal of the DESERTWOOD project was to design a multifunctional lecture hall for the free space in front of the Ain Shams University.
The main challenge was to abstain from air conditioning systems and complicated building equipment but gaining through intelligent conceptual design and use of knowledge of historical examples a comfortable and sustainable space for studying and lectures meanwhile the temperature outside raises towards 45 degrees celsius.
The developed design for the requirements of the DESERTWOOD project foresees to use the principal of the traditional little tunnel constructions that are totally closes 2 – 3 meters massive clay brick buildings which are open to the its beginning and end.
The direct sun is not able to enter the construction and the wind can easily go through and cool down the persons socializing inside.
You can find these three factors – compactness – no direct sun radiation – wind tunnel –
transported in my DESERTWOOD design.