Fady Sherif

Cairo University

Department of Architectural Engineering

P17 | NERM - National Egyptian Revolutions Museum

by Fady Sherif 

My museum is a story of democracy that incarnates a tour through the history of the revolutions in Egypt, by meditating on the alteration that happens in revolutions from chaos to order. Chaos in the struggling of the people with dictators or colonialism, represented in campaigns of civil resistance, series of demonstrations, marches and acts of civil disobedience. Order at the end of revolutions where the struggle calms down and the people’s demands are achieved. This alteration was achieved in this project on three main levels. Firstly, on the urban level, the site was chosen between two different urban patterns, the slums and the Nile river, in order to give people their rights in quality of life. The project acts as a bridge that will help people move from their chaotic slums to the pure nature of the river, where they can reach the front corniche and fulfill their entertainment needs. Secondly, the morphology of the building was designed as tangled fingers that represent the chaotic scenario of the revolutions, where the end of every finger is the uprising in which the visitors place emphasis on the peaceful nature. And finally, the skin of the building was designed as fish scales dragged towards the end of every finger; every scale has an opening at the end that allows natural light to enter inside the building giving hope to the people throughout the tour.


Fady Sherif  is a 23-years-old architect. He graduated from Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture, with a B.Sc. degree in Architectural Engineering, and he works as a teacher assistant there since then. He is very keen in the field of architectural studies and urban design fields, so he works as a part-time Architect and Urban Designer. As a student he participated in several architectural competitions while studying in college where he achieved a design Prize in the 2nd year of Architecture Design Studio in Designing an Exhibition Area. He also achieved First Rank in the “International Architecture Students Competition” in February 2012. He participated as an organizer and co-moderator in several workshops related to “Architecture and Urban Design in Historic City Districts” and “Regenerating Public Spaces.”