Cheops Villa: An Architectural Haven Located at the Forefront of the Giza Pyramids

By Nour El-Miligi

Studio Malka Architecture, a Paris-based architecture house recently built a new Cheapos Observatory project located on the plateau of Giza, which is a unique villa, with a footprint of 250 meters, nestled in the Village of Nazlet El Samman. The project is considered a masterpiece that fascinated everyone by its choice of both unexpected location and implementation. 

According to the architects working on the project, the residence was built without formal plans but was rather based on a few quick sketches. The aesthetic value for the house lies in the fact that the materials used in construction included reused materials and using handcrafts of a tribe living in Giza. They made sure they created a luxurious house while preserving the historical heritage, which resulted in creating a dialogue between history and modernity, and that’s why Malka Architecture Studio was so proud of the masterpiece they brought to life.

Nazlet El Samman is a historical site founded in the 7th century, a village special for being so close to the great pyramids of Egypt, one of the Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World. Despite the fact that it was never common for architects to plan for projects there since it’s a preserved village and common transportation is still camels or horses, architects still found it a great location to build a villa with an exceptional view, breaking the stereotypical locations and means for building a house. This is an open invitation for everyone to start breaking the norms and consider building a house in beautiful Nazlet El Samman. 

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