WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon
 
WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon
oct 24, 2012

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon

‘l’assemblée radieuse, assembly hall’ by WORKac, libreville, gabon image © WORKac

 

 

 

new york-based firm WORK architecture company has recently won the competition to design ‘l’assemblee radieuse,’ the new assembly hall for the 2014 summit of the african union in libreville, gabon. the circular footprint and dramatically sloping roof encompass the assembly, conference and dining facilities in three diverse courtyards that represent each of the country’s unique ecosystems. the canopy grows out of the hills of the ‘cité de la démocratie,’ the new diplomatic quarter that surrounds the site. a central 1000-seat auditorium can be split into two acoustically refined assembly spaces, buffered on the perimeter by a banquet hall, meeting rooms, and smaller auditoriums. a network of semi-enclosed ‘philosophers’ paths’ connect the courtyards while a promenade circulates larger numbers of visitors with informal meeting spots throughout the sequence of entry and exit. the project, like its host country, will boast an extensive and intelligent use of active and passive sustainable strategies. structural components from a previously existing conference center will be re-used to minimize the use of extra material. african limestone sun-shading louvers wrap the skin of the entire construct, also serving a distinct aestheti c purpose. each of the open-air courtyards provide points for ventilation and light catchment, while the roof collects rainwater, channeled into a waterfall before being recycled.

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon road leading to the entrance image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon courtyard with a unique ecosystem and waterfall from collected rainfall image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon louvers create the skin and shade the interior image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon auditorium image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon site plan image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon floor plan / level 0 image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon section image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon elevation image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon model image © WORKac

WORKac: l'assemblee radieuse assembly hall in libreville, gabon model image © WORKac

  • Yawn.
    Looks like someone was inspired by an old reel of film.

    rcvs1 says:
  • Mmm cheese….

    Aaron says:
  • This design is just too conceptual for me. Furthermore, this country is known to have acid precipitations, therefore how long will that wood veneer on the external facades last before it gets damaged?
    Honestly, interesting concept, but not right context!!

    BOMA says:
  • @BOMA, I believe “limestone” is a type of stone, not wood. Amazing design!

    quicklake says:

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