• French Diplomatic Campus in Nairobi/ TERRENEUVE Architectes

Architects: TERRENEUVE Architectes  
Location: Nairobi,  Kenya
Project Team: TERRENEUVE architects, agent; Pharos, architects associated in Nairobi; Phytolab, landscape; Quantimax economist Nairobi; Satoba, BET structure; Cap Ingelec, BET fluids; EN3, LEED consultant (Chennai)
Project Year: 2015
Photographer: SCRIPTOGRAM

Program: Realization of the French Diplomatic Campus Embassy, ​​Residence of the Ambassador and Housing Project
Area: 3224 sqm

The project design is strongly marked by the antagonism between the high level of security requirements and its home office. The geopolitical context of increasingly unstable and defensive aspects is dominant in most diplomatic designs and heavily constrains development and architecture of this campus which is aimed at expressing the universality of values ​​held by the French culture: openness, welcome, rights to protection and at the service of the citizens of its host country. The project is hinged on the latter premise of French Culture, which offers an open design, and a strong relationship with the landscape. The layout of the architecture and landscape define protected and welcoming spaces. The existing topography is used to isolate individual entities in the design which are freely placed in the landscape. The facades of decline curves invite the landscape in interior spaces while forming Trust gardens.

The narrow entrance hall through the embassy ​​opens into a large garden that restores a visual journey of the landscape. Easy of the massiveness of buildings is induced by their compact typology and rounding of the corners that give slide look and let in light. The relative freedom of their geometry also eliminates any parallel facade bounds, increasing the prospects of the landscape and mitigates reading of boundary walls. The an undulating mesh of wooden slats make the design permeable to air and facades to light, ensuring a visual and sun filter and an additional defensive structure protection. This also affirms the identity of the Environmental Campus: made ​​from wood and stone, including LEED certification and a generally responsible environmental approach.

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