el gouna · egipto

Is this ephemeral architecture or zero footprint architecture?

A developer obtained the hotel exploitation concession of an island that is practically a dune. Located in front of Hurghada, it’s still under the military regime. Therefore, it was a temporary concession with no guarantee of continuity, which entailed a few constraints.

Initially, it was the developer’s intention to build a hotel, so he went for a one-night stay beach club arriving by boat. He asked us to design a construction that could be removed without leaving any trace on the island. Hiring labor in Egypt is easy, but transporting large volumes of material to the island was not.

So how about a camp? We could set up platforms with a very simple technique: bringing there a container full of earth bags (like the ones used in trenches) and fill them with the beach’s sand. The terraces would be covered with similar fabrics to those of Tuareg tents, stretched in an arch, and stuck in the sand with parallel arcades.


Jaime Romano

Carlo Montanaro

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