The 22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat building occupies a special space in the league of Downtown Cairo relics. This 100-year-old five-storey building was dreamt up by a Greek family and designed to emulate the neo-classical architecture that was all the rave back in the 1920s. Overlooking three streets – Abdel Khalek Tharwat, Talaat Harb and Adly – it soars above the bustling heart of the city and has become a beacon of inspiration for artists and creators.
Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment acquired the building in 2009 to renovate it to its former glory in 2017, creating an inspiring space where art, and architecture can beautifully collide to inspire new tenants and initiatives.
The building hosted C.I.C (Contemporary Image Collective), an independent art initiative for many years which made the building an attraction point to artists and creatives.