Kintele Congress Centre Brazzaville, The Congo Republic, Avci Architects

Kintele Congress Centre Brazzaville, The Congo Republic, Avci Architects

The brand new Kintele Congress Centre and Resort Resort (KCC) is in a newly rising spot of Brazzaville, to the north of the brand new Olympic Centre. The situation has panaromic views of the Congo River to the south and a forested unbuilt panorama to the north. The topography of the positioning is a valley carved out by the tall Congo River which creates an island M’Bamaou in the foreground and the buildings take a seat parallel to the contours of this valley falling in opposition to the river.

The positioning of the buildings on the positioning is basically dictated by this topography where we had been concerned to minimise excessive excavation and shifting of earth a ways from the positioning. The greater objects of the programme: the 1500 seat Congress Corridor, the 300 person Presidential Corridor, the 1000 seat Dinner party Corridor and the 1000 person Public Piazza had been placed in a line sequence interrupted by courtyards, and all reached by a public sheltered collonade that links these parts. The Resort on the opposite hand is positioned 5 meters above this frequent public slither, largely to present it better views to the river, while making a public / deepest segragation of capabilities on the positioning. All nonetheless two courtyards linking the enclosed volumes are accessible to the final public, and allow us to derive landscaped intermissions amongst the tall heaps of these capabilities. Thus the derive of the KCC settles in to the panorama, heading off the appears to be like of an out of scale overbearing tall mass of buildings while offering views of the Congo River from all hotel rooms.

The 350 meter long collonade additionally acts as a linear public spot in itself sheltering folks from the ever fresh rain that prevails most of the 365 days spherical in this fragment of the arena. The 2 ends of the Collonade additionally act as public gates to the final complex. Hooked as much as this public collonade are the Press Corridor to the Western gate and Museum to the Eastern gate. At this pause the Museum kinds the southern edge of the Piazza, while the retailers and the Public Restaurant derive the Northern and Eastern edges of the Piazza. This originate spot is additionally sheltered from the rain with a square occulus that allows the rain to fall in to a shallow pool at its centre.

For now not now not as much as 6 months of the 365 days rain is an everpresent native weather phenomenon in Congo and defines the formula folks engage in public and with public spot. Which skill that reality tall effort used to be made in this sense to shelter folks while out in the originate nonetheless to now not distance from nature, and the presence of rain on epic of while it is raining it is aloof very warmth and ofcourse humid. There fore while it is a must must shelter from rain it is additionally predominant to allow air to slither along with the mosey and icy such sheltered spaces. The presence of water is eminent by making its fall from roofs visible and audible because it reaches the earth and fills originate pools which accumulate overflow from tall roof areas the exercise of gargoyles and water falls.

One other facet of the native tropical native weather is the fixed presence of a high stage of humidity which makes exercise of pure ventilation as a mode of minimising vitality consumption stressful and the usage of airconditioning of public spaces predominant for comfort prerequisites to be done to appropriate comfort standards. Our main aim in this case is to minimise the cooling hundreds by lowering the incidence of sunlight hours on uncovered glass facades. Thus glazing is commonly deeply position in to the façade on the north (in this case it is if reality be told the heavenly north façade which receives the midday solar ensuing from the positioning of the positioning below the equator) and low sunlight hours from the east and west is minimised by vertical shading parts and perforated steel displays.

The usage of supplies in the KCC had been to a tall extent dictated by the requirement of sprint of construction, and availability of popular construction and cladding supplies, of which none exist in The Congo Republic. Thus even if it is also more ticket nice, concrete physique used to be dominated out in favour of steel and more with out complications transportable lighter cladding supplies comparable to aluminium panelling for big cladding parts comparable to block or brick work. Past that efforts had been made to make exercise of pure supplies always comparable to trees, and stone.

The greater parts are signified by a series of perforated cladding parts that are laser cut in geometric Congolese patterns derived from the traditions of the greater space, connecting the buildings to their situation. Once in some time these patterns accumulate themselves recalled in interior parts comparable to floor patterns and displays which divide interior spaces, and on occasion on external wall parts rising shading or privateness between inner and exterior. Vertical shading parts are a lighter colored bronz/brass form, position in opposition to a background of greater darker colored panels and pointless to command glass. The general coloration palatte of the mission is infact derived from a series of lighter and darker shades of bronz and brass.

The 200 bed room resort hotel additionally acts as an adjunct to the Congress Centre, offering every companies and products for among the presidential company, with 6 presidential suites and their entourage, with a series of suites and commonplace rooms. On the bottom floor are the spa, restaurant, bars and the pool all of which stand 5 metres above the stage of the Congress Centre, offering panoramic views across the Congo Valley.

Pedestrian links lead from the hotel pool facet down to the predominant occasion courtyard below which additionally serves as an extension of the Public Piazza, which links again to the collonade running East West.

© Photographer Emre Dorter

© Photographer Emre Dorter

© Photographer Emre Dorter

© Photographer Emre Dorter

© Photographer Emre Dorter

© Photographer Emre Dorter

© Photographer Emre Dorter

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