Africa conference centre posed challenge for Turkish architect

Tabanlioglu_Conference Centre

The construction of a high-tech conference centre for the African country of Equatorial Guinea was no easy task according to Turkish architecture firm Tabanlioglu.

Located in the capital city of Malabo, the conference centre was completed in time for the African Union Summit in June 2011 – a meeting of 53 leaders from across the continent.

The design features a glass box clad with a tactile aluminium shading system that is inspired by the surrounding woodland.

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Speaking to Middle East Architect, Murat Tabanlioglu, said: “Constructing in Equatorial Guinea was not easy – we had to bring all the necessary materials from Turkey by ship or plane. It was a different experience and we had to work very closely with the contractors. ”

Tabanlioglu added that the challenges were compounded by the client’s short timeframe of seven months, in order to host the summit.

He continued: “The president of Equatorial Guinea liked our Tripoli Congress Centre and wanted something similar. We decided to make it more African. It is very important to relate a building to the site conditions.”

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