Greening The Desert

Located in the Giza Necropolis archeological site, a pyramid was built in the twenty-first century. Studio Malka rebuilt the legendary Black Pyramid that disappeared from the Giza plateau. It is a mastaba, the original form of the step pyramid from the ancient Egyptian empire.
The Black Pyramid, soon to be adorned with granite in the traditional method, is a tribute to architects Imhotep and Hemiunu; it is now the thirteenth pyramid erected on the Giza plateau. It is built according to the golden ratio, an omnipresent proportion used in the construction of the Cheops Pyramid, and also found throughout nature, from microscopic plant growth to the structure of the arms of the Milky Way.

The Pyramid is connected to groundwater and may, depending on the season, be fully immersed by water, just like the first Egyptian temples of the Nile Valley; indeed, the pyramid is in a part of a basin and a plantation, facing west and the setting sun.

Designed as a contemporary oasis, this micro-city is destined to welcome nomadic people and animals in the desert of the plateau. This pyramid is an inverted one, because the highest degree of this pyramid is on the same level as the ground, thus conferring a connection to the earth and beings rather than strictly to the sky.


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