back angle Rendering: The Cairo Post via Egyptian Ministry of Housing

For nearly 3,800 years the Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure in the world. The Egyptian government is hoping to restore some of its former architectural glory with a 650 foot tall (200 meter) skyscraper inspired by its ancient monuments.

The Zayed Crystal Spark project was announced on Wednesday by Egypt’s Minister of Housing, Moustafa Madbouly. The tower, planned for West Cairo’s Sheikh Zayed City district, would be the country’s tallest building at 49 storeys.

pyramid tower Rendering: The Cairo Post via Egyptian Ministry of Housing

The mixed-use government, commercial and entertainment development will cover approximately 8.5 million square feet and will be funded by a proposed public-private partnership.

The structure is actually composed of two pyramids — with a smaller sized, glass-enclosed pyramid at the front that connects to a high-reaching triangular tower. It will be flanked by impressive water features and ample greenery. The architect has not yet been named publicly and the investment cost is still unknown.

plan overview Rendering: The Cairo Post via Egyptian Ministry of Housing

Egypt’s government will present the proposal during an economic development conference in mid-March. The event is being held to encourage business investment in the country’s troubled economy, which has faltered since the Egyptian Revolution in 2011.

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