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Masterplan il Monte Galala

5+1AA

Building a dream made of stars and corals.


The short film directed by Ernesta Caviola and produced by The Piranesi Experience aims to narrate the magical and enigmatic beauty of the proposal by 5+1AA for the masterplan of the new town of Ain El Sokhna (Egypt), "a dream made of stars and corals" on the Red Sea.

After an International competition, in January 2015 the Italian firm was awarded by the Egyptian society Tatweer Misr for this important and strategical intervention in the stretch between Cairo and the Red Sea, fundamental for the future development of the industrial and road system between Cairo and the Suez Canal.

The authors of the short video interpret in a dreamlike way the architects’ vision of the project as a natural act of acceptance of the surrounding territory and its inner spirit. Their project is in no way a superimposed and artificial presence. Viewers are part of a sort of "The Arabian Nights" atmosphere. The photographer Caviola and the architect and video maker Esposito capture different moments of the architectural process and put them in direct confrontation with a virtual and yet accurate simulation of the built architecture. By means of a realistic combination of live footage frames and rendered models, the design becomes at the same time the protagonist and the backdrop of some mysterious adventures in the Egyptian nights, between the desert and the sea.

Authors icon Credits

Architect: 5+1AA
Mentioned project: Masterplan il Monte Galala (2015-in progress)
Project location: El Sokhna, Egypt
Director of production: Ernesta Caviola
Producer: Claudio Esposito
Original soundtrack: Enzo Pietropaoli
VFX supervisor: Marco Tripodi
Line Producer: Fabio Paolucci
First Assistant: Barbara Rossi
VFX team: Gabriele Chiapponi, Riccardo Ciavarro, Luca Valentini, Ginevra Bellegrandi
Operator: Luca Gennari, Alessandro Maiorano
Sound design: Alessandro Quaglio
Color Grading: Grande Mela

Italy 2015
Duration: 4'39''