Portfolio Project Detail

Lanterns of hope Islam Magdy, Omar ElGarhy, and Haguer Sami


Designed to add playfulness to the serious district inhabited by office buildings, the building aims to revive the seemingly dead area in the aging heart of London. The Metropolitan village attracts visitors from every age, gender, and race. It takes the challenging mission of changing the way we live, work, and interact with others. The building aims to provide access to key quality-of-life amenities at the heart of communal life.


The busy bee-hive atmosphere of the building promotes sharing, humane qualities, and compassion among people. This is a place you can bump into your neighbor, your college friends, or your de ntist. This is a place where serious political debates can take place, as well as casual chats about the weather today. It is a place to organize fund raisers to the newest charity in town, book club gatherings and lectures about art, culture, and education. All while committing to the newly introduced parameters of social distancing and hygiene.


Through its fun lantern-like cubicles the building reclaims the social power to decide the shape of the city’s future, the cubicles are easily customizable to the varying social, economic, and environmental needs of the community. The high adaptability of the building performance and it’s easily assemble/dissembled light structure reinforces the ability of the building to endure any future catastrophe. The adjustable skin and openness of the building mimics that of a living organism in its ability to survive, adapt, withstand major catastrophes, and bounce back, better than ever.


The skin of the building is inspired by the story of St. Martin, known for his saintly acts of compassion to the poor. In some countries during St. Martin’s day, children walk in processions carrying lanterns. In addition, Lanterns in the collective conscious of humanity symbolizes hope, celebrations, and new beginnings.