Tribute to Michael Graves. Architecture in El Gouna, Egypt

A stairwell in the Steigenberger Golf Resort
A stairwell in the Steigenberger Golf Resort
I was sad to hear of the death of Michael Graves, renowned architect and designer.  On March 12, Mr. Graves died of natural causes in his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 80.

Over the years, I could recognize Mr. Graves' designs or architecture all over the world.
His design was distinct and had a big impact on me. I remember the first time that my husband and I drove down to the El Gouna resort in southern Egypt. We had reservations at the Steigenberger resort. I had only seen a tiny photo of a room, so I had no idea that this entire golf resort was designed by Graves.

On the approach to the Steigenberger, I was pleasantly surprised to see the weird group of buildings with beautiful smooth lines, shapes, and subtle desert colours.

It was fascinating to be surrounded in his quirky style, all open for me to explore. Stairwell are cleverly disguised like castle towers. Tagine- topped towers dot the banks of the surrounding lagoon.
The lagoon surrounding the Steigenberger Golf Resort
The lagoon surrounding the Steigenberger Golf Resort
Our stay at the Steigenberger was so good that we returned many times whenever we visited the resort.
Entrance to the Steigenberger Golf Resort in El Gouna
Entrance to the Steigenberger Golf Resort in El Gouna

Steigenberger Golf Resort in El Gouna
Steigenberger Golf Resort in El Gouna

Mr. Graves' work can be found all over the Orascom development in El Gouna, Egypt.

Villas in El Gouna
Villas in El Gouna

Villas in El Gouna
The tagine topped villas of El Gouna.
El Gouna Villa

Steigenberger Golf Resort in El Gouna

Villas in El Gouna
Villas in El Gouna

Entrance to a Villa in El Gouna

Entrance to a Villa in El Gouna
Villas in El Gouna
Entrance to a Villa in El Gouna
A view of a Michael Graves villa in El Gouna, Egypt
A view of a Michael Graves villa in El Gouna, Egypt.
The Coptic church inspired by Michael Graves design
The Coptic church inspired by Michael Graves design

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