What could be the world’s largest residential building, spanning a 200,000sq m site, is currently under construction on the outskirts of Egypt’s capital city of Cairo.
Developer Memaar Al Morshedy, established by Mohammed Morshedy in 1983, is behind the mammoth town-like project called Skyline, with completion slated for 2025.
The mixed-use project is set to deliver 13,500 apartments to the northern Egypt city, a precinct currently bursting at the seams.
The Egyptian real estate developer, led by Morshedy’s son and chief executive Hassan Morshedy, partnered with Barcelona-based studio Van der Pas, Raef Fahmi and Jordanian-American real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, on the 363-hectare development.
The company had been positioning the project as a Guinness World Record winner for the world’s largest residential building. But while there is no official title holder for such a project to date, the developer made an official attempt for the title last year.
The reported A$806 million development is located in the upscale area of Kattameya on Cairo’s outskirts.
Egypt’s population, now more than 90 million, live and work on a small fraction (4 per cent) of the country’s land area, largely concentrated along the Nile River.
Cairo is home to around 20 million of the nation’s population.
Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority owns the plot of land where the Skyline development is located, the authority is reportedly entitled to 600 units of the 13,500 apartments under way.
Skyline will feature parks and recreation grounds, and is hailed by the developer as home to the world’s largest infinity pool.
Morshedy says it will also have the world’s largest rooftop park and Egypt’s largest IMAX cinema.
“Every massive metropolis needs the balance and contrast of a vibrant park space,” Morshedy said.
“Skyline’s sprawling park… this immense green space is truly one of a kind and spans the entire rooftop.”
Egypt is also busy constructing its new administrative capital to help alleviate the congestion and overcrowding problems.
Established in 969AD, the city of Cairo which sits on the banks of River Nile, will remain the capital of Egypt.
But due to funding issues, plans for the new administrative capital, pegged as a "smart city" located some 45 kilometres east of greater Cairo, has suffered ongoing delays.