Lagos's Wooden Tower

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Green architecture
Firm LocationYaounde, Cameroon
CompanyHKA | Hermann Kamte
Lead DesignerHermann Kamte
Design Team

Lagos is the most populate city in Africa and represents a big deal for architects. City consists of 16 million inhabitants. Situated in the heart of Ikory, the most popular and the richest residential site of Nigeria, Lagos’s tower is the unique wooden structure which is designed to be a smart and sustainable building. The whole is oriented to maximise daylight and natural ventilation. The wooden envelope provides shading from the heat of the direct sun around the shape. Plants belt around each floor contribute to creating fresh air flow and keep a constant microclimate into living space while providing a visual comfort and aesthetic. The project focuses on the open area. This is an experimental tall wooden structure in Lagos. The envelope high lights Yoruba culture with their massive presence in the heart of Lagos. Inspiration comes from the history of Edo, Yoruba and Hausa people. Here, it is awesome to see that there is always a traditional hierarchy in this modern city. The Design gives a new natural footprint face to the historic Centre dominated by massive and heavy building built in ceramic, concrete and asphalt.