Monday, January 29, 2018

Lagos Wooden Tower Introduces Green Construction to Africa's Largest City


Lagos Wooden Tower Introduces Green Construction to Africa's Largest City


WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hermann Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and the founder of company Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the famous sketch of Lagos Wooden Tower. Originally designed as a submission for Metsa Wood's City Above the City competition, Kamte's design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture.


In the City Above the City competition, participants were invited to suggest solutions for new housing on top of existing urban buildings, using Metsa Wood's Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) as the main material.

Kamte's highly innovative design used Kerto® LVL to construct an 87-metre high tower on top of an existing concrete building in the heart of Nigeria's capital city, Lagos. Mixed residential spaces, separated by open floors featuring sky gardens and amenities, are shaded and ventilated by a stylised wooden envelope using symbols that reflect Nigerian Yoruba heritage.

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