A The Constellation
This proposal continues the series begun by the constellation of the three Great Pyramids of the Giza Plateau. By doing this, a vast network is mapped on the surface of the earth. The diagonal axis of the north pyramid is mapped across to the site for the new building, and forms the axis and orientation of the proposal. This locates the fourth member of the constellation - a square of 400metre width described as the Grand Surface.

The Horizontal
The building achieves monumentality through its horizontal expanse. The Grand Surface maps a footprint which is considerably larger than the ground area of the three Pyramids combined. At the same time it is considerably lower - a gently sloping pyramidal dish resting on the site and covering the building programme. This surface is only partially filled by building; the majority of it maps landscape and outdoor functions.

The resulting Grand Surface of 160,000m2 forms an architectural plateau and offers a sublime relationship with the landscape of dunes beyond, and vistas of the Great Pyramids. The Grand Surface draws comparison monumental objects marked horizontality - Land Art, asteroid craters, radio telescope dishes, aircraft carriers. It follows a desire that the footprint gesture might be visible from space, and readable in its context with the Pyramids

The walls beneath the Grand Surface are inclined at 51 degrees referring to the Pyramids, and forming a deeply sculptural façade for the building approach. These are imprinted with a constellation of relatively small openings, and a clad in a single material of shimmering golden metal.