R E Q U I R E D: Vision, Conceptual masterplan
Y E A R: 2010
C L I E N T: General Organization for Physical Planning, Luxor Governorate
After the uncovering of the Avenue of Shpinxes, it was necessary for the government to reconsider the planning area of the Golden Triangle, in order to preserve the historical legacy and heritage of the area , with the rehabilitation of the region to be of predominant touristic activity and hospitality services, transferring the services to the residential areas, while retaining some of the important activities that impact tourism ( Egyptian Museum – Institute of Chicago – etc …. ) maximizing the benefit from a privileged location for the area as it is located between the temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Nile Bank , which makes it a distinctive area with a high economic value. The avenue is not intended to be a separator, but works on connecting between the old city and the Corniche. Where the idea is mainly aimed to respect the axis of the avenue lowering the level of pedestrian walkways and yards to the same level of the avenue, pouring directly into it to be one of the main arteries of life in the heart of the city. Thus, the basic idea of re-planning area of the Golden Triangle (in the presence of the avenue of sphinxes) was using the avenue as the backbone of the city of Luxor in full , which is a main spine for residents and their communication, merging with the movement of population and daily touristic activity area creating a lively node of different types of interaction and heritage.
Three main pedestrian axes were emphasized:
– Axis one (East): Market Street, life in the old city
– Axis two (Middle): Sphinxes Avenue, history as a backbone
– Axis three (West): Corniche Path, the main walkway on the bank of the Nile, including any services a visitor might need.