With meandering shady streets lined with beautiful white homes and a pedestrian friendly atmosphere, Radwa 4 has aged to become a great neighborhood. It is home for approximately 2,000 people comprising 395 units of apartments, town houses and villas as well as related public facilities.
The neighborhood is most famous for its memorable character; its cohesiveness, its visually interesting architectural features, and its minimalist white residential buildings. The area is also recognized for its variety of services that contribute to a resident’s day-to-day living, for its ability to accommodate for multi-modal transportation (pedestrians & drivers), for its design of the public realm that encourages human contact and social activities, and for its safe and secure environment.
The urban and architectural design of Radwa 4 was an attempt at responding to climatic demands. For example, the design aimed for allowing maximum shading of direct and reflected sun radiation in the hot season, for increase air circulation, for avoiding large exposed exterior surfaces, for using reflective white outer surfaces …etc.
To provide a strong conceptual design and unifying orientational element to the neighborhood, the town houses were grouped to form a central spine of consistent architectural forms defining a pedestrian way accessible to all parts of the neighborhood yet providing privacy and seclusion for the townhouse residents.
Public facilities comprising a kindergarten, boys and girls primary schools, commercial center, health center and mosque were grouped in the western area of the neighborhood and this provided an important visual and physical variation from the massing and scale of the residential units.
The high minaret of the mosque was sited to provide a further element of orientation in addition to its religious significance.
A sports center was located at the heart of the neighborhood within easy walking access for all the members of the community by way of the pedestrian spine. Swimming, tennis, basketball, gymnasium as well as changing and showering facilities were provided, grouped around a landscaped courtyard.
Extensive landscaping contributed to making this community really attractive to its inhabitants. The project was considered an example of successful integration into modern day life of national traditions and customs.