Lagos Wooden Tower by HKA Associates

In the light of growing evolution of all industries, we are forced to admit that the twenty-first century is the beginning of the golden age of African peoples. But do we not make the observation that this growth is inevitably accompanied by a pronounced suppression of its cultural identity in favour of globalization? The latter does not obstruct Africanity?
International Award for Sustainable Architecture Awards 2018
First Award | Category: Residential (Concept)
Architects: Hermann Kamte
Studio Name: HKA Associates

Country: Camerooon
Website: www.hermann-kamte.com
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The African Museum of Art and History is a proposal for a museum that won the 1st prize of its jury in the master degree jury organised by EAMAU. The   Museum   is   an   amorphous   structure;   this transcribes history in his glory and doubt moments. The architectural  gesture  is  a  form  of  transition between periods of history, because the museum is not the only purpose of telling the past, it also prints the present and ensures historical continuity of events. This temple of the culture hosts the spirit of the forest, the worship and the sacred.  All  mutations  of  history  are  taking  shape  here; everything   is   there,   the   ordinary,   the   sacred,   the forbidden and the new.

The  African  Museum  of  Art  and  History’  offers  the whole  African  culture  into  a  unique  space; a  country which focuses all the cultural diversity of Africa on a single territory ‘Cameroon’. Culture is the proof demonstrating the existence of a human group and a nation is alive when its culture stays alive.  The  museum  is  a  place  of  memory,  meeting, debate, training, research, learning, awareness and social gathering.   It  is  multifunctionalThe  project  of  museums turn around three main key words: Nature, Architecture and  Sculpture.  These  are  the  federative  ideas.  The concepts are biomimicry and sacred wood.

The design is based on the concepts of biomimicry and the sacred wood. The amorphous structure of the envelope project transcribes history in his glory and doubt moments. The architectural gesture is a form of transition between periods of history, because the museum is not the only purpose of telling the past, it also prints the present and ensures historical continuity of events.

The  museum  has  more  than 3000  m2  of  solar photovoltaic  panels;  the  insolation  in Yaoundé  is  5.48KWh/m2/day.  It  then  produces  16.44  MWh/day  or 6000.6  MWh/year.  The  yield performance  of  the  best solar panels reaches 60%, and the average are between 20%  and  40%. The  energy  really  produced  is  2100.21 MWh/year (35% yield). The   comparative   study   shows that   in 2008   the Cleveland Museum spent 3500 MWh (65% electricity) on 21,368 m2 of surface area. Our estimation is 1760 MWh for 24,054 m2 (Unnecessary Heating in Cameroon). The museum is  a  positive  energy  building;  it  spends 1760 MWh/year and produces 2,100.21 MWh/year, a surplus of +340.21MWh/year. Nevertheless, the museum will be connected to the national distribution networks..
The architecture is based on the beauty of the natural landscape, “Yaounde, the city of seven hills “. This process of research and creation stems from a desire for social cohesion, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. This temple of the culture hosts the spirit of the forest, the worship and the sacred. All mutations of history are taking shape here; everything is there, the ordinary, the sacred, the forbidden and the new. There isn’t social censure even whether to shock. Nothing is unethical except the refusal to bow before the majesty of his relics of art and history as presented in their original contexts.

Wood  is  one  of  the  main  materials  using  for  walls, partitions,  decorations,  and  ceilings. Because  of  its  low ecological  impact  and  its  local  availability,  it  is  a  better choice  as  local material.  Cameroon  count 22  million hectares  of  rainforest.  Wood  allows  obtaining  rigorous thermal and acoustic comfort for the whole building.

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