In September 2016, MASS Design Group launched the African Design Centre in Kigali to train and empower the creative leaders who will design a more equitable, just and sustainable Africa. The progra...

  • Architect:[ African Design Centre  ]
    Client:[ Ruhehe School ]
    Project Team:[ African Design Centre - MASS Design Group ]
    Location:[ Musanze, Rwanda ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2018 ]
    Photographer:[ African Design Centre ]

    In September 2016, MASS Design Group launched the African Design Centre in Kigali to train and empower the creative leaders who will design a more equitable, just and sustainable Africa. The program gives fellows the training and hands-on experience required to execute social impact driven sol...

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  • Architect:[ Driss Ketani  ]
    Client:[ Private ]
    Location:[ Casablanca, Morocco ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2017 ]
    Photographer:[ Fernando Guerra ]

    This house is projected on a north-south oriented plot with a sea view on the first floor at the northwest corner. The footprint of the house is generated by the need to perfectly fit with the adjoining house and by the urban regulations. The pedestrian entrance is on a priv...

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  • Some of my fondest childhood memories—growing up in different cities in Nigeria, in the eighties and nineties—involve time spent playing outdoors. We had ample spaces for play. Our schools also ...

  • This set is new images by Edwin Seda, explores how portraits, (and here portraits being people and the building itself as a portrait canvas on the urban landscape) interacts and engages with lig...

  • Architect:[ IDOM  ]
    Client:[ Ministry Of Urban Planning Of The Habitat Of Senegal, Alioune Diop de Bambey University ]
    Project Team:[ Architects of Record : Beatriz San Salvador Pico ]
    Location:[ Bambey, Senegal Senegal ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2018 ]
    Photographer:[ Francesco Pinton ]

    The Government of Senegal, financially assisted by the World Bank, has started an ambitious plan for the extension and improvement of several universities in the country. In the University of Alioune Diop, in Bambey, to the West of the country, 4 new buildings are planned which will house the ...

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  • Architect:[ OMA  ]
    Client:[ Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality ]
    Project Team:[ Design team: David Gianotten, Max Scherer, Adrian Subagyo Executive Architects: Bureau d’étude Ijambo, Arsène Ijambo Kambaza Construction: Copirec, John Kayamba Mafunkolo ]
    Location:[ Lusanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo ]
    Project Cost:[ Undosclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2017 ]
    Photographer:[ OMA ]

    Located in the heart of a plantation system, the research centre designed by Rem Koolhas led OMA in Congo aims to become a vector for a social and ecological shift. Designed by the OMA, this White Cube is a central element of the Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequ...

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  • Architect:[ Groupe 3 Architectes  ]
    Client:[ Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA) ]
    Project Team:[ Lead Architects: Omar Tijani, Skander Amine ]
    Location:[ Guelmim, Morocco ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2018 ]
    Photographer:[ Fernando Guerra, FSG ]

    The new Guelmim airport is integrated in an existing military infrastructure located 3km north of the city. The stakes of the project were simplicity, efficiency, environmental control and extensibility, which is a prerequisite for the durability of an airport. It is with this objective that t...

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  • Architect:[ Nick Gowing Architects  ]
    Client:[ MHK International Ltd ]
    Location:[ Ouirgane Valley, Morocco ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2015 ]
    Photographer:[ Various ]

    Nick Gowing's L’Amandier Hotel emerges from the rich, red earth of the L’Amandier Plateau. So, whilst remaining true to the natural colour palette, he juxtaposed the buildings’ bold and striking geometric lines with the contours of the surrounding hills and mountains.

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  • Architect:[ Tarik Zoubdi Architects  ]
    Client:[ OCP ]
    Location:[ El Jadida, Morocco ]
    Project Cost:[ 7.5million USD ]
    Project Year:[ 2017 ]
    Photographer:[ Tarik Zoubdi Architects ]

    "Wall of knowledge" is a construction project of a middle school in the city of El Jadida (100 km south of Casablanca). The school was built for the OCP employees' children. The irregular shape of the site and its orientation to the sun suggested a spatial distribution of the project in ...

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  • The city of Abuja, often touted as Africa’s fastest growing city, was conceived in 1976 in response to the growing chaos and inefficiency of Lagos, Nigeria’s old capital city. It was planned to ...

  • Architect:[ Boogertman + Partners Architects  ]
    Client:[ Growthpoint Properties Limited, Zenprop Properties Holdings, ]
    Project Team:[ Structural Engineers; Sotiralis Consulting ]
    Location:[ Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2017 ]
    Photographer:[ Adam Letch ]

    Futuristic and fluid, Discovery’s new global headquarters bring together 5000 employees who were previously housed in four separate buildings. Efficiency and future growth underpin the new workspace, which is the largest new build to date to receive a 5 Star Green Star rating by the Green Buil...

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  • The idea that architecture is increasingly becoming a catalyst for innovation and integral scientific change is evident and prevalent now more than any other time in the history of architecture....

  • Architect:[ Manuel Herz Architects  ]
    Client:[ Josef and Annie Albers Foundation ]
    Project Team:[ Manuel Herz, Moussa Belkacem, Penny Alevizou Client Representative: Matthias Persson ]
    Location:[ Tambacounda, Senegal ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2018 ]
    Photographer:[ Play-Time ]

    Tambacounda Hospital is the only hospital in a large region of eastern Senegal. It serves the 100,000 inhabitants of the city of Tambacounda - declared the hottest metropolis on the planet - and more than a million people from the surrounding region and Mali, whose border is about an hour and ...

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  • Architect:[ Kere Architecture  ]
    Client:[ Association le Soleil dans la Main (A.S.D.M.) et M.A.E. Luxembourg ]
    Location:[ Koudougou, Burkina Faso ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2016 ]
    Photographer:[ Kere Architecture ]

    Situated in the rural countryside of the Boulkiemdé province of Burkina Faso, the Noomdo Orphanage lies approximately 2 kilometers outside of the city of Koudougou. Mimicking the nearby residential compounds, the project is layed out in a similar way to a small village clustered around a commu...

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  • OKHA has just released their exploration of abstract geometry in The Stone Rug Collection. Much like the emoji’s of iSpeak or the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt, the South African Nguni (Xhosa, Zu...

  • Architect:[ Promontorio  ]
    Client:[ Vertice SA ]
    Location:[ Rua Armando Tivane 178, Maputo, Mozambique ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2014 ]
    Photographer:[ Promontorio ]

    The project is located in downtown Maputo, capital of Mozambique. Due to both economic growth and speculation in recent years, the urban pressure in the centre of the city has resulted in a series of new buildings being built in its main avenues, some even of disproportionate height. 

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  • Architect:[ Roeosli Maeder Architects  ]
    Client:[ Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics ]
    Project Team:[ Architect of Record: DMJ Architects ; Contractor: Parbat Siyani Construction Limited ]
    Location:[ Nairobi, Kenya ]
    Project Cost:[ CHF 7.8 Million ]
    Project Year:[ 2016 ]
    Photographer:[ Iwan Baan ]

    The Swiss federal office for buildings and logistics recently acquired a piece of land for the construction of a new embassy in the Rosslyn green estate, a residential area just outside the centre of Nairobi

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  • Carlos Goni's book Lo Femenino (EUNSA, 2008) points out the difference between men and women when it comes to clothing. For men, clothes are meant to cover their nakedness. Their value ...

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    World renowned Architect, Urbanist and Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhas will visit the University of Nairobi's Architecture Department from 27th to 30 April 2018. The Pritzker prize is often referred to as “Architecture’s Nobel Prize” and it is the profession’s highest honour.

    Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in "a novel about architecture". He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture. His built work includes the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in M...

  • New images have been released by Edwin Seda in a recent partnership with the French Architects Patrick Schweitzer et Associés Architectes whose Kigali Architecture School architecture is inspire...

  • Architect:[ Studio KO  ]
    Client:[ Yves Saint Laurent Museum ]
    Project Team:[ Advisory Group : Laurence Benaïm, Björn Dahlström, Dominique Deroche ]
    Location:[ Marrakesh, Morocco ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2017 ]
    Photographer:[ Yves Saint Laurent Museum ]

    While studying the couturier’s archives, Studio KO became intrigued by the duality between curved and straight lines, and between loose and precise approaches to cutting fabric. The facade of the building appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks, creating p...

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  • Last September, Nigerian Afrobeat musician Wizkid played to a sold-out house at the Royal Albert Hall in London, joining a growing list of illustrious African musicians, such as Selif Kaita, You...

  • Architect:[ MLB Architects  ]
    Client:[ SU Facilities Management: Gretha Jacobs, Maggie Walters, Kevin Matthew, Anton Kriel, Junaid Gafieldien ]
    Project Team:[ Erik Janse van Rensburg, Peter Kraus, Xico Meirelles ]
    Location:[ Capetown, South Africa ]
    Project Year:[ 2014 ]
    Photographer:[ Wieland ]

    The client for this project was SU's Facilities Management,with the end user being SU’s Faculty of Medicine. The brief called for two 450 seater auditoriums, with break out areas. The budget was tight, the program fast-tracked and siting crucial. 

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  • Architect:[ Anthrop Architects  ]
    Client:[ Morvest ]
    Project Team:[ Structural Engineers: Hatch Goba Electrical Engineers: Hatch Goba Mechanical Engineers: Climatron Projects Landscapers: Servest Landscaping Quantity Surveyor: ACost Consulting Contractor: Murray & Dickson Construction ]
    Location:[ Noordwyk, Midrand, South Africa ]
    Project Cost:[ Dewald van Helsdingen ]
    Project Year:[ 2013 ]
    Photographer:[ Dewald van Helsdingen ]

    A campus to serve as the headquarters for the Morvest Business Group is situated adjacent to the Ben Schoeman highway. The client is a rapidly growing holding company requiring a flexible programme to house the various constituent companies and their associated functions. The campus comprises ...

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  • Architect:[ Ruben Reddy Architects  ]
    Client:[ Denis Hurley Centre ]
    Project Team:[ Contractor: GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd Structural and Civil Engineers: Arup Fire, Mechanical and Wet Services; ADX projects Electrical Engineers: RWP Rawlins Wales KZN Quantity Surveyors: Aecom ]
    Location:[ Durban, South Africa ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2014 ]
    Photographer:[ Angela Buckland ]

    Located in the vibrant city centre of Durban, South Africa, a few steps from Warwick Triangle and close to several liberation heritage sites such as the Juma Musjid (Mosque) the Denis Hurley Centre was conceived as a contemporary facility to uplift and serve the community - a welcoming refuge ...

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  • Hassan Fathy is the default setting for social housing in architecture. He was the epitome of sustainable no pretence living, a man whose life and work spoke more to people within his community ...

  • Architect:[ NLé Works  ]
    Client:[ Black Rhino Academy Foundation ]
    Project Team:[ Kunlé Adeyemi, Farooq Adenugba, Marco Cestarolli, Bethan Nelson, Laura Rokaite, Berend Strijland ]
    Location:[ Karatu, Tanzania ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2018 ]
    Photographer:[ NLE Works ]

    The Black Rhino Academy is a proposed primary and secondary boarding school located in Karatu, Tanzania. The 7 hectare hilly site is situated just outside of the Ngorongoro Crater conservation area, surrounded by rich natural vegetation and abundant wildlife.

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  • Architect:[ Light Earth Designs  ]
    Client:[ Rwanda Cricket Association, Marylebone Cricket Club foundation ]
    Project Team:[ Partner and lead: Tim Hall Partner and vaults lead: Michael Ramage Project lead architectural engineer; on site lead: Ana Gatóo ]
    Location:[ Kigali, Rwanda ]
    Project Cost:[ Undisclosed ]
    Project Year:[ 2017 ]
    Photographer:[ Johathan Gregson, Light Earth Designs, Paul Broadie ]

    The RCSF is not only building a future for Cricket in Rwanda, but is facilitating reconciliation, and the rebuilding of communities through the essential values of cricket. Light Earth Designs- an integrated architectural and structural consultancy specialized in sustainable technologies and c...

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    GSA Boogertman+Partners International Lecture Series 2018 starts with Alejandro Aravena of Elemental. Alejandro Aravena, graduated as an architect from Catholic University of Chile in 1992. He continued his studies of Theory and Art History in IUAV in Venice. In 1994 he established his own practice, Alejandro Aravena Architects. From 2000 until 2005, he taught at Harvard University, where he founded the Do Tank ELEMENTAL with Andrés Iacobelli. In 2010 he was granted membership as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He also curated the 15th Venice Biennale, and in 2016 he received the Pritzker Prize. Since 2001 he has remained principal director of ELEMENTAL.

  • Architect:[ SAOTA  ]
    Client:[ Private ]
    Project Team:[ Philip Olmesdahl, Patrick Ferguson & Stefan Antoni , Mark Rielly & Staci Kinnes, ]
    Location:[ Durban, South Africa ]
    Project Year:[ 2010 ]
    Photographer:[ Karl Beath ]

    LA Lucia is a dream transformer house. The view from the street is a closed in house with a veiled approach to it that is both secretive and introverted. A certain sagacity of arrival is created by a serious entrance between two milk-wood trees; the cinematic panorama is only revealed as one e...

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