SOM Reveals Plans for New National Cancer Institute Near Cairo

The campus will serve as a research and development center; All images © SOM.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled plans for a new 9 million-square-foot campus for Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) outside Cairo. To be located on a sloped 35-acre site in Giza’s Sheikh Zayed City district, the campus will treat more than 1.7 million patients annually and serve as a research and development center.

The New National Cancer Institute will include a 1,000-bed teaching hospital, an outpatient center, a specialized nursing institute, a hotel, and housing for residents and students. Organized around landscaped courtyards, these areas will be connected by discrete visitor and staff circulation spines that provide access to amenities, including cafes, lounges, prayer rooms, retail outlets, pediatric activity areas, and a daycare. Buildings throughout the campus will be clad in stone, and the circulation spines will feature faceted glass facades with abstract patterns inspired by historic Egyptian iconography. 

An in-patient hospital and an outpatient facility will be the centerpiece of the campus and together total four million square feet. These facilities connect to a multilevel diagnostic and treatment platform that includes surgical, interventional, imaging, and radiation-therapy resources, such as linear and proton accelerators.  Taking advantage of the site’s sloping topography, the entire hospital is situated above a massive plinth extending six levels below grade that accommodate auxiliary clinical and research space, general building support, the central plant and distributed mechanical systems, and parking.

“This project is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the National Cancer Institute’s bold vision,” says Mustafa K. Abadan, SOM Design Partner. “Our design of the campus reflects the institute’s confidence that scientific discoveries can be made and lives changed by the interdisciplinary work taking place within its walls.”

The facility is designed to meet U.S. medical standards and is targeting LEED Gold certification. Construction is scheduled to commence by the end of the year.