Cairo, Egypt

Dawar El Ezba Cultural Center

Located at the heart of Cairo, the Dawar El Ezba Cultural Center aims to bring recreational and educational activities to the people of Ez`bet Khairallah. The Center consists of a kitchen that offers vocational training for women, an art studio for kids, and a theatre space for multi-purpose activities. The building makes use of energy efficient materials such as corrugated metal on the elevations as well as wood in the interiors and lime finish for the walls. Moreover, strategies include the development of a living wall that is fabricated from recycled advertisement banners and UV-resistant tarp. The living wall would later work as an air-purifying, sound insulating, and heat reducing element. The living wall incorporates a water circulation system for sustainable water use.

Project info

Construction phase
Mixed of new construction or refurbishment
Building type
Non-residential building
Detailed building type
Community Centre
Net floor area
318 m2
Land plot size
78 m2
4 stories
Original construction year of the building
Project contact
Dawar For Arts and Development
Contact email address

Project team

Ben Rivers
Ahmed Hossam Saafan
Construction contractor(s)
Hossam Araby
Energy efficiency consultant(s)
Carsten Reichelmann

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems
Not applicable

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
External Walls (southern): U value: 1.09 W/(m²*K), 2cm lime finish, 25cm masonry red brick, 10cm air gap, 10cm sandwich panels. External Walls (northern): U value :3.29 W/(m²*K) , 2cm lime finish, 12cm masonry red brick, 1mm corrugated metal sheet
1.09 W/(m²*K)


Roof type
Double Pitch Roof
Description of construction
10cm econ sandwich panels, 5cm recycled wood (pending)

Openings and windows

Glazing type
Single glazed
G-Value glass
Frame material / description
Massive wood
Overall u-value window
5.8 W/(m²*K)
Description of construction
Wooden frame single glazed window

Basement floor

Description of construction

Technical Building Systems

Ventilation system

Type of ventilation
Free ventilation (windows)

Lighting system

Primary lighting system
LED (Light emitting diode lamps)

Shading devices

Type of shading system installed
Static (fix) shading systems as part of the building architecture (e.g. Maschrabiyya, porch roofs, pergolas)
Protruded wooden window frames

Final Energy Demand

Energy carrier (1)
Total specific final energy demand
N/A kWh/(m²*a)

Financial Aspects

Project construction cost
32000 EUR
Estimated costs of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures
10000 EUR
Financing sources
Financing/funding institution
Medico International