Throughout the world, the Space Age was known for its beautiful, bold architecture, full of swooshy curves and spaceship-shaped buildings. But some of the most vibrant and retro-futuristic buildings of the Space Age can be found in Africa. Here are the most amazing architectural achievements from Space-Age Africa.
Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto, the first president of independent Angola in Luanda, Angola
(via Erik Cleves Kristensen and Fir Z)
Memorial to the Martyrs in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso
(via Isuru Senevi)
Bujumbura International Airport, Bujumbura, Burundi
(via Dave Proffer and dmitri_66)
St. Paul’s Cathedral in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), designed by Aldo Spirito, consecrated in 1980
(via Wikimedia Commons and Felix Krohn)
This building in Warri, Nigeria
(via Emiel Jegen)
Kariakoo Market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
(via Architecture In Development and Emil Sjöblöm)
The National Assembly, the parliament of Cameroon:
The CNPS building (The National Social Insurance Fund):
The Unity Palace:
The Reunification Monument:
(via CIFOR, Mark Fisher, SToto98, bitin.fr, jbdodane, Pinterest and architectureofdoom)
Centre International des Civilisations Bantu, Libreville, Gabon, established in 1983, abandoned in 1988. In 2012 it was announced that the centre will be rehabilitated.
(via Carlos Reis and steephane)
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the largest church ever, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), designed by Pierre Fakhoury, built between 1985 and 1990. It has an area of 322,917 sq ft (30,000 sqm) and is 518 ft (158 m) high.
(via Felix Krohn and jbdodane)