A design inspired by the cloth weaving
Following an architectural competition, the construction plan was eventually entrusted to the French architectural firm Wilmotte & Associés, which will manage the development of the project until its completion in 2020. The tower features design unique: the architects were inspired by the Senegalese loin cloth weaving techniques to achieve the building of the coating. This detail has been instrumental in the project selection by the jury. One surface to the golden appearance give the building a figure both curved and tapered.
The building, with a total area of 20,000 square meters, will offer a 360 ° view from the furnished rooftop terrace. It will be made at its base with a “living and urban” space to house several businesses, as well as a “set of curves on three levels that articulates the existing and surrounding,” explains the architect. Levels that will have office space, convention centers, restaurants, green roofs, and even wind turbines!
An iconic tower
The tower, which will accommodate mainly private companies, will be erected in the Plateau district of Dakar, and more precisely at the intersection of the avenue and boulevard Robert Delmas Djily El Hadj Mbaye, a particularly strategic place that goes from the Presidential Palace in the old station, via the Prime Minister, the Independence Square, City Hall and the Ferry Terminal. According to Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the architect responsible for the project, the tower will be “iconic”, respectful of both the urbanized city and the environment. Still according to the architect, the building will add a touch of “singularity and modernity” and will:
“Bearer of excellence values of public administrations and private companies leading the Senegalese market established there, like Amsa group erects,” he said.
The Paris office declined to comment on the cost of the tower, however, the agency explains that this project will be one of the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.