Niger Master Plan

  • Development includes a a new center of government for the country of Niger
  • The relationship between the scale of the architecture, the fluid nature of the terrain and the adjacent Niger River presented a massive challenge
  • Building shape derived from a series of forms relating to traditional farming practices, reflecting the developmental nature of the master plan for the entire site
  • The delineation of forms in relation to traditional stacking methods allowed the architecture to respond with a strong symbiotic relationship to the culture of the region, while also providing a fundamental building block for the forms of the offices and chambers, and allowing for maximum transparency while minimizing the amount of formal impact on the horizon
  • We split the program between different sectors of the government along a strong axis to the old central city
  • Along this axis are the main parliament chambers, public spaces and a large public plaza that gives the impression of a transparent government process, while providing a plinth that allows for 360-degree views of the city and the 2 plateaus that the city was formed between