To the East of Cairo lies EASTOWN, the bustling town centre of New Cairo and Kattameya. EASTOWN has been meticulously planned as a mixed-use city centre that provides the best elements of city living without the downsides of urban congestion. SODIC have commissioned a long list of prestigious, award-winning architects to develop EASTOWN, which will provide premium residential, retail and office space while offering the best in shopping, entertainment and sustainable living.
EASTOWN comprises of 860,000 m2 of land and has a built up area of 920,000 m2. It will include 1,600 residential units, 1,000 'Class A' offices, 2,000 boutiques and retail outlets and up to five hotels.
Blocks 3,4,8 and 9 are set amongst the heart of East Town, Block 3 located in the northern west part of the plot, Block 4 located in the northern east , Block 9 located in the southern east and Block 8 located in the central part of the whole plot. The project area between the four buildings is used as landscape area for pedestrian including trees, water features and sitting areas. With about 80,270 m2 Built-up area, retail (8,992 m2) and commercial (71,278 m2). The project comprise of four buildings, where every two have a combined basement, ground and up to four typical floors. The ground floor includes retail and fashion outlets, while the typical floors contain offices. The design of the blocks allowed for 11 interlocking plazas which create a unique experience for pedestrians along the main project spine. They form a square and are linked in the center by 3,489 m2 central square.
The project comprise:
The project has two basements. First Basement area is (346,88.20 m2), meanwhile second Basement area is (26,438.90 m2). The two basements have car parking spaces for the whole project beside building utilities such as the central chillers plant, water tank, fuel tank, pump rooms for water features, transformers, storages, drivers rooms ...etc. Elevators and stairs for the four buildings are extended to the two basements meanwhile blocks 3, 4, and 9 have extra elevators with for only three stations starting from the two basements up to ground floor. These are used only for retails and landscape area.
Block 3 as described above is located in the Northern West part of the plot with foot-print area of (3011.97 m2) and total Built-Up Area of (12243.29 m2). This is a core and shell project. The ground floor is used for retail tenants and the upper floors are for office spaces. This building is divided into two parts 3.1 and 3.2. A part of 3.1 is ground and four floors but the other part is ground and three floors, however 3.2 is ground and three floors.
Block 4 is located in the Northern East part of the plot with foot-print area of (4561.88 m2) and total Built-Up Area of ( 18422.76 m2 ). This is a core and shell project. The ground floor is used for retail tenants and the upper floors are for office spaces. This building is divided into two parts 4.1 and 4.2. A part of 4.1 is ground and four floors but the other part is ground and three floors, however 4.2 is ground and three floors.
Block 9 is located in the Southern East part of the plot with foot-print area of (2393.47 m2) and total Built-Up Area of ( 8460.56 m2). This is a core and shell project. The ground floor is used for retail tenants and the upper floors are for office spaces. This building is ground and three floors. It has in the upper floor the cooling towers of the whole project.
Block 8 is located in the central part of the plot with foot-print area of (4920.92 m2) and total Built-Up Area of ( 15452.01 m2). This is a core and shell project. This building is divided into two parts; Northern one has retail tenants in ground floor and the upper four floors are for office spaces, however the rest of the building is retail anchors from ground level up to upper floor. The upper floor of the western finger has a public restaurant.
What is so exciting about this project is that it presents the opportunity of working within the context of the multi-layered and unique urban environment in Cairo. The project also has the potential to show how a city can be vitalized through the use of public spaces. These spaces are not necessarily for shopping or commerce; they give a cultural dimension to city life.