Designed by turkish practice tabanlioglu architects, dakar’s international conference center has opened its doors in the west African country of Senegal.
Completed in time for the 15th francophone assembly, the building’s form and unifying roof canopy pays homage to its geographic location and natural context, set amid senegal’s distinctive baobabs. the trees, which can grow to a total circumference of 25 meters (with a lifespan of over 1,000 years), have played a huge role in the country’s history: cited as important loci of battles, or used to delineate borders between states.
Like being sheltered beneath an ancient monumental tree, the singular roof encloses the design’s individual volumes, and protects against direct sunlight and strong winds. surrounding the base of the structure, a reflective pool refers to the value and significance of water, while simultaneously offering cooling breezes for those entering inside. in this way, the complex becomes a natural harbor for the site’s various meetings – ensuring a serene and secure atmosphere.
Rectangular blocks are nested within semi-transparent metal envelopes that are linked via bridges that provide both physical and metaphoric connections. various mesh shading applications are employed across the scheme’s inner glass walls in order improve building’s energy efficiency. through the placement of panels at different levels and angles, the façade is perceived as an assortment of playful geometries that echo the colors and tones of the senegalese sky.