The Egyptian architect and acclaimed international ambassador of design Dalia Sadany has claimed the Golden Award at the international “A’ Design Award & Competition” in Italy, for her outstanding project entitled The Cyber Security Museum.
“A’ Design Award & Competition” is one of the largest annual design competitions worldwide that rewards the best designers, architects and design-centric companies, claiming more than 13,000 competitors in more than 105 design fields around the world. Dalia Sadany expressed her delight at winning this award and feels like her work that focuses on highlighting the roots of modern sciences in Ancient Egyptian origins has been rewarded.
“This museum was not easy to implement, but served as a challenge and incentive for every Egyptian to know more about his/her history. I did a lot of research and studies, which we documented in Arabic and English, with a number of Egyptologists and IT experts helping me build a full comparison and study of the origin of information security in Egypt”
Having an established reputation in local & international communities pertaining to arts & architecture, Dalia has had a reputable career that always incorporated elements of the Pharaonic era into her architectural and interior designs, highlighting the importance of Ancient Egypt and its contributions to modern times as well as contributing herself to Egypt’s global image and cultural importance throughout history.
Inside the Cyber Security Museum, visitors are presented with a mural that contains many drawings and inscriptions that show the importance of knowledge and the sanctity of the gift of education in Pharaonic Egypt. The drawings show an ancient Egyptian scribe at work alongside the God Horus, with multiple hieroglyphic signs that further enhance the contribution of knowledge in these mystical times.
Dalia Sadany went with the style of CNC carvings on steel for her museum, as opposed to using stone, setting the museum apart from all its predecessors. She also differentiated the museum’s overall experience by using Egyptian grey marble versus the traditional sandy stones that commercially define Ancient Egypt.
Moreover, she featured all the Pharaonic symbols of protection that were previously found in many tombs and temples around Egypt, further emphasizing the notion of security and its relevance. These symbols include the lotus and human hands, the eye of Horus, the winged scarab, the symbol of the God Osiris, the knot of Isis, the Pygmy God, the well-known cartouche, the Key of Life (Ankh), the cobra and the “Stick & Scepter” which represents the Pharaonic authority.
The stones used in the museum were delivered from twenty eight governorates across Egypt and were all assembled in one place. Sadany referred to them as a testimonial for Ancient Egypt and the wonders that this timeless civilization keeps on giving. She further elaborates on the big lighting unit that illuminates the museum called “Thamoun”, which represents eights gods circulating around a metal sphere that embodies Earth. This piece alone is a wonder to behold.
The first museum of its kind in Egypt, the knowledge-rich museum is a project that aims to highlight that Ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to tackle knowledge security in its culture, a practice that today reflects the idea of IT Security. As time goes by, the world we know today is getting more and more connected to ancient civilizations, and the Ancient Egyptian one is the most impactful to this day. The innovative project that connects Ancient Egypt with digital times is located at The Greek Campus in downtown Cairo.