Currently Constructing the Largest Museum in the World – A $550m Projects
Hello Displorers, welcome to another exciting video presented to you by Displore and thanks for watching. In this video we shall be taking you into the land of ancient wonders, Egypt and we shall be looking at the construction of Egypt’s largest museum which will potentially be the largest museum in the world.The Grand Egyptian Museum, G.E.M, also known as the Giza Museum, will house artifacts of ancient Egypt, including the complete Tutankhamun collection; many pieces will be displayed for the first time. Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, construction on the museum was set to be complete in the first quarter of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the museum opening was moved to 2021. The museum is seated on 50 hectares of land approximately two kilometers from the Giza pyramid complex and is part of a new master plan for the Giza Plateau.
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Egypt is one of the countries which historically and architecturally is a wander with unique structures and cultures such as the Great pyramids of Giza. When has Egypt ever done anything in a small scale? Hence today we are looking at Egypt’s new grand project, The Grand Egyptian Museum which is going to become of the largest one in the world upon its opening. To fully dissect the different layers of this museum which will make it special besides its size. we will go through the full plan and design including the unique pieces to be on displace once completed. Come with us as we examine Egypt’s construction of the largest museum in the world.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest and most important Pharaonic museum in the world, the largest museum in Egypt and one of the leading scientific, historical and archaeological study centers on the globe.The museum’s twenty-first century galleries, designed by Metaphor, will be located in an iconic and distinctive building located on the edge of the desert abutting the Giza Pyramids world heritage site. The Museum, is designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, and will cover over 3,500 years of ancient Egyptian history and house more than 50,000 artifacts, including King Tutankhamun’s famed mummy and golden burial effects. The main achievement so far is the construction of the new conservation center with a documentation unit working to create a computerized database for all the artifacts.
Contract Awarding Process and Design
The building design was decided by an architectural competition announced on 7 January 2002. The organizers received 1557 entries from 82 countries, making it the second largest architectural competition in history. In the second stage of the competition, 20 entries submitted additional information on their designs. Judging was complete by 2 June 2003. The competition was won by architects Róisín Heneghan & Shi-Fu Peng, and their company Heneghan Peng Architects in Ireland winning 250,000 dollars. With their win, Heneghen Peng Architect designed the building. The exhibition masterplan, exhibition design and museology is by Atelier Brückner.
In late August 2008, the design team submitted over 5,000 drawings to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Following this, the construction tender was announced in October 2008. Earthmoving has begun to excavate the site for the building. Tendering was due in September 2009, with an estimated completion date of 2013. On 11 January 2012, a joint venture between Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries and the Belgian BESIX Group was awarded the contract for phase three of the Grand Egyptian Museum, a deal valued at $810 million which is slightly higher than the original estimate of $55million dollars.
The Final Design of The GEM
Given the knock out process of the selection process for a designing company, Heneghen Peng Architects had to put their money where their mouth is to bring up an exceptional design proving they deserved their win. The design incorporated the essence of Egyptian history with a great touch of modern architecture. The building is shaped like a chamfered triangle in plan. It sits on a site two kilometers west of the pyramids, near a motorway interchange. The building’s north and south walls line up directly with the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure. In front of the building is a large plaza, filled with date plants. One of the main features of the museum is the translucent stone wall, made of alabaster, that makes up the front facade of the building. Inside the main entrance is a large atrium, where large statues will be exhibited. On the 2nd of February 2010, Hill International announced that Egypt’s Ministry of Culture had signed a contract with a joint venture of Hill and EHAF Consulting Engineers to provide project management services during the design and c