Government buildings, in any developing country should set the pace for innovation, technology, sustainability and high-tech solutions for local problems. Located in Malabo, the capital and the largest city of Equatorial Guinea, this project intends to develop an architectonic solution of quality and functionality, which conciliates the concept of a modern image, connected to the surroundings context and using contemporary building materials and techniques.
It was on this note that the design for the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy (MMIE), born from the idea of having a building, made by two blocks, paid special attention to high quality standards, at both architectonic and building levels, in order to offer maximum comfort, safety and functionality, valuing the intervention from the point of view of the architectonics’ concept and image.
Designed to receive exclusively the administration and services of the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, with the necessary urban approach and landscape in the area surrounding the building, the planning is organized around two interconnected blocks, rectangular in shape, creating exterior spaces that tend to promote their integration with the surroundings.
With a clear formal distinction in the facades of the two main blocks, the facade design and building orientation pays attention to the environmental factors and particularly thermal behavior; the north and south facades are more transparent to allow for natural day lighting within the building, while the East and West facades exhibit spans the entire horizontal length, and control of direct sunlight made by peaks and / or sheets of metal shade.
The traceability of chosen materials, the goal of assembling a responsible, sustainable building all go along with an evocative and contemporary image – an image of total fusion with the local vegetation, an intrinsic part of the project, creating a new gateway and exit for a country which turns its back on its recent dictatorial past and opens up to the future.