Awards and Prizes


Brief . Challenges


Giza is home to the Great Pyramids, one of the most fascinating and majestic wonders of the ancient world. Being 4,500 years old, and reaching almost 450 feet (145m) above the ground, the Great Pyramids stand high and proud in the middle of the sand of the Sahara desert. The Great Pyramid inspires awe in anyone lucky enough to witness the genius of ancient Egyptian ingenuity and their mastery of engineering and architecture.

On the basis of revitalizing tourism which is in line with the state’s goal for putting Egypt on the map as one of the top destinations for travel, this competition, under The Design Show, aims to create a boutique hotel that leverages on the beauty and magnificence of the Giza Plateau. It was inspired by the idea of making the most of such a valuable location and proximity to the new Egyptian museum to create dream-like accommodation that heavily caters to tourism and conservation of architectural heritage.


With a total of 75 rooms, the aim of the 4-stars cliff boutique hotel will be to connect people, nature, history and architecture. The land area is 6700 meter squared on top of a cliff with park & lake view down the cliff and another park as a secondary view behind the hotel. The surrounding will provide guests with an essence of natural tranquility and flexibility. A spacious and bright design with an open landscape pattern and a classical garden view overlooking the pyramids should provide a picturesque spectacle for any visitor. The construction should preserve the spirit of the authentic ancient Egyptian architecture, skillfully combined with the classical modernism of the building. The constructed building should also provide spaces suitable to the current needs and future intentions of the cliff boutique.

The participants are invited to integrate the 3 main views (Lake, Park and the Pyramids) within the design and should consider the privacy of all residential units with a functional architectural concept as well as a concept for the interior design, together with an estimated value of the project proposal. One of the main challenges is to design within the 12 meters height (from street level). This would eventually lead in integrating the design with topography.

Awards . Jury . Schedule

Prizes . Criteria . Timings


  • 1st Prize: 40,000 LE
  • 2nd Prize: 25,000 LE
  • 3rd Prize: 10,000 LE

  • 5 finalists (including the top 3) will be shortlisted and will have the chance to present their work in front of the jury (during the design show period - exact dates will be announced soon). The finalists will be receiving honorable certificates.
  • The shortlisted and the winners of the competition will be determined by the jury (jury will be composed of representatives of the organizer and partners of the competition)

  • Evaluation criteria will be based on:

  • Originality and quality of the design
  • Responsiveness of the site objectives
  • Quality and clarity of the presentation.
  • Schedule

    Competition opening |  July 15th, 2019
    Registration Period | July 15th - July 31st, 2019 
    Submission Period | August 1st – September 30th, 2019
    Competition Results | November 1st, 2019


  • All deadlines are established @ 23:00 pm (current local time in Egypt)
  • Winners will be announced during the design show period in November, 2019.
  • Registration

    Who can apply . How to apply . Download resources

    Who can apply?

    Fully qualified architects (maximum 10 years of experience) and architecture students, as well as teams of maximum three, are eligible for participation.

    How to apply?

    • Open and complete the online registration form
    • Once the online registration form is completed, participants will then receive a registration code by mail within a week from submission (5 working days) confirming the registration in the competition.
    • This code must be included in the subject and file names submitted for the final jury.


    Resources available for download (compressed folder):

  • PDF with all info found on the website including rules and ineligibility points.
  • Plot CAD and PDF.
  • Detailed PDF program sheet.
  • The Ministry of Tourism guidelines for hotels’ design.
  • Submissions

    Submissions process . Rules . Ineligibility . FAQ

    Submissions Process

    All documents to be sent (single digital file) under one ZIP file (including DWG and JPG) and submitted through wetransfer.com to designcompetition@newgiza.com. Any submission made by other methods will be rejected. Participants who submitted will receive a confirmation email within 5 working days. The submission should include:

  • Masterplan
  • Studies
  • Typical floor plans
  • 4 Elevations
  • 2 Exterior Shots
  • 2 Interior Shots
  • Area Calculations including Foot Print and BUA.

  • Rules

    English is the official language of the competition

  • Participants must follow the stated submitted dates and requirements.
  • Prizes are presented regardless the group number.
  • The jury’s result is indisputable.
  • Participants are forbidden to ask a jury member about anything related to the competition.
  • Participants are not allowed to publicize their projects before the results announcement day.
  • Participants are not allowed to join the competition in case they have or had busi¬ness collaboration or relation with any of the jury members.
  • By violating the rules, participants and the full team will be disqualified.
  • Subscribing to the competition indicates accepting all rules and terms of service.
  • Ineligibility

  • Any submission requirements or text not written in English will be excluded.
  • Files named not according to the competition title will be excluded.
  • Incomplete or Incoherent submissions will be excluded.
  • Submissions sent on different dates or times with different materials from the ones stated by the competition will be excluded.
  • Participants who are not registered from the start won’t have the possibility to submit the final project.

  • FAQ

    What’s the official competition language?

    How can I register?
    Kindly fill in the form found under the registration section.

    Can I change the team members after registration?
    No, the team members cannot change after submitting the registration form.

    What’s the maximum height?
    12 meters height from street level.

    Can I disregard the program?
    The program should not be disregarded.

    Should we take into consideration handicap accessibility?
    Yes! Definitely, having a design accessible by everyone is an ultimate goal.

    Is it necessary to make renders or can I present hand-sketches?
    Yes, hand sketches can be presented.