The structure configuration was chosen by an engineering rivalry reported on 7 January 2002. The coordinators got 1557 passages from 82 nations, making it the second biggest structural contest ever. In the second phase of the opposition, 20 passages presented extra data on their plans. Judging was finished by 2 June 2003. The opposition was won by engineers Róisín Heneghan and Shi-Fu Peng, and their organization Heneghan.peng.architects (Ireland) winning 250,000 dollars. Runner up was granted to Coop Himmelblau. Héctor Vigliecca and Luciene Quel (Brazil), Ruben Verdi (Italy), Michael Zimmermann, Engel und Zimmermann (Germany), Fernando Pardo Calvo y Bernardo Garcia Tapia, Nuno Filipe Morais Monteiro (Portugal) and Martin Roubik (Czech Republic) got Honorable Mention. The structure is planned by Heneghan Peng Architects, Buro Happold and Arup. The scene and site masterplan was planned by West 8, The display masterplan, presentation plan and museology is by Atelier Brückner. 


The structure is formed like a chamfered triangle in arrangement. It sits on a site 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) west of the pyramids, almost a motorway trade. The structure's north and south dividers line up straightforwardly with the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure. Before the structure is an enormous court, loaded up with date plants. One of the principle elements of the historical center is the clear stone divider, made of alabaster, that makes up the front veneer of the structure. Inside the fundamental passageway is a huge chamber, where huge sculptures will be shown. 


On 2 February 2010, Hill International reported that Egypt's Ministry of Culture had marked an agreement with a joint endeavor of Hill and EHAF Consulting Engineers to give project the board administrations during the plan and development of the Grand Egyptian Museum. 


The absolute assessed project cost is US$550m, US$300m of which will be financed from Japanese advances, the excess will be financed by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, different gifts and global assets. 


The new gallery is intended to incorporate the most recent innovation, including computer generated reality. The exhibition hall will likewise be a worldwide focus of correspondence between historical centers, to advance direct contact with other nearby and global galleries. The Grand Egyptian Museum will incorporate a youngsters' exhibition hall, gathering focus, preparing focus, and studios like the old Pharaonic spots.