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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of African Architecture. Buildings are mostly located on the Mediterranean coast or in South Africa. We aim to include the most interesting African buildings. We cover completed African buildings and new building designs. We also post architecture competitions across Africa.

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Latest African Building Designs + News

Key African Building Designs, chronological:

A recent Lagos Building on e-architect:

Ramzi Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos
Design: SPARK Architects
Ramzi Towers
picture from architects
Lagos Tower Building – 19 May 2014
The landmark scheme, designed from SPARK’s London studio, is SPARK’s first significant project in Africa and is scheduled to win planning in June 2014, with Construction beginning this summer.

Melkbos, Cape Town, South Africa – 22 Aug 2013
Design: SAOTA
Melkbos Residence Cape Town
photo : SAOTA

The form and siting of the house is strongly orientated around views. On entering the house, the focus turns completely to the sea facing side of the home, which opens up and embraces the landscape of the West Coast.

Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre, Khartoum, Sudan – new images / information
Design: Studio Tamassociati
Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre Sudan
photo : Marcello Bonfanti

Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre – 17 May 2013
The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery consists of a hospital with 63 beds and 300 local staff, with a separate Medical Staff Accommodation Compound sleeping 150 people. The centre is built as a pavilion in a garden with both primary buildings organised around large courtyards.

Revival Sunset Chapel, Libreville, Gabon
Design: FATmaison
Gabon Chapel
image from architect

Chapel Building in Gabon – 3 May 2013
Revival Sunset Chapel is a public church built in a forest in the center of the capital of Gabon, Libreville. In an extremely controversial state of central Africa the primary need is to find a reference symbol that unifies the moral area and the civil area. The chapel is a meeting place for the rich and the poor, where you can find yourself in the middle of a community. The building is a mix of local tradition and contemporary design.

Japanese Cultural Center, Kinshasa City, D.R. Congo
Design: Beijing Matsubara and Architects
Japanese Cultural Center in Africa
photo : Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Japanese Cultural Center in Africa – 29 Apr 2013
This building has built by “grass-root grant aid fund” of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan) in area of Gombe Institute of Pedagogique, the center part of Kinshasa city, D.R. Congo.

Head Road 1815, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA Architects
New House in South Africa
photo : SAOTA

New House in Africa – 5 Apr 2013
The house includes three storeys accommodating three en-suite guest suites on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace. The kitchen is positioned to enjoy views through the glass roof towards Lion’s Head. The entrance hall is accessed by gentle steps from Head Road preceded by a glass-roofed external lobby space.

House in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Serengeti House South Africa
photo from architect

House in Bryanston – 12 Mar 2013
Situated on a 4,000 sqm stand in Eccleston Rd, Bryanston this is a new 1,400 sqm residence designed by Nico & Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects cc. Interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, and the furniture, interior decoration and feature lights were by M Square Lifestyle Necessities. Due to the slope of the stand, a large basement was designed on the lower side of the property, creating a stepped effect on the stand.

United Bank of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, north east Africa
Design: Söhne und Partner Architekten with BET architects
United Bank of Addis Ababa Building
image from architect

United Bank of Addis Ababa – 27 Feb 2013
United bank represented in units coming together in to a single entity in a seamless fashion. These units are the shares that make up the bank. Shares are the people that came together to make this bank a reality. These units cluster into capsules which then recollect to a single entity expressing unity of units.

Jabi Lake, Abuja, Nigeria
Design: Studio Seilern Architects
Jaba Lake Nigeria
image from architects

Jabi Lake Nigeria – 25 Feb 2013
A double frontage concept: There are two distinct frontages: the road-front and the water-front. Each influences the form making of the buildings. The placement and scale of the buildings will create the identity of each and how it relates to the wider context. The Residential meets the waterfront creating a vibrant space. Residential and waterfront merge together, having a dialogue with each other.

British Council Building, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Architects: The Manser Practice
British Council Tanzania
images from architect

British Council Building – added 28 Jan 2013

C Spot, Angola, south west Africa
Design: Segmento Urbano Arquitectos
C Spot
image from architects
C Spot Africa – 12 Oct 2012
This project comes as a reflex of a sustainable mission where the developer contributes to reduce levels of illiteracy by awarding the communities where they build roads, and viaducts, and bridges with a Spot, which is more than a school, but actually a space that foments social elevations through education.

Clifton House, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
African Architecture
photo : SAOTA & Adam Letch

Clifton House – 14 Aug 2012
The clients, a British couple living in Cape Town, requested a six-bedroom, seven-level home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain. The lower levels of the existing structure were totally remodelled while the upper level was demolished to allow for two new levels.

Addis Ababa Stadium, Ethiopia
Design: LAVA with JDAW
Addis Ababa Stadium Building
picture from architect

African Stadium Building – 19 Jun 2012
New national stadium building will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a competition winning design combining local identity with new technology. LAVA [Laboratory for Visionary Architecture] and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village.

Clockwork Embassy, Yaoundé, Cameroon, west Africa
Matteo Cainer Architects
Clockwork Embassy Building
image from architects

Clockwork Embassy Cameroon – 14 May 2012
The design of the new Swiss Embassy in Yaoundé pays tribute to its renewed presence in the Cameroon and a respect for the uniqueness of the site. The resulting proposal is an elegant ensemble that encapsulates the identity and self-image of the Swiss people and their values. As a result the core concepts that guide this proposal are an expression of Swiss traditional know-how, and an understanding of what the Embassy can represent and achieve.

Dakar Sow House, Senegal, western Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
Dakar House
photo from architects

Dakar Sow House – added 23 Mar 2012
Situated on a cliffside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Villa Sow in Dakar, Senegal was completed in 2011, with SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, the Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES doing the Interior Decor. The house was designed for a Senegalese businessman and his family.

South Africa Football Stadiums – World Cup 2010

African House Competition, Luanda Angola : Lisbon Architecture Triennale
African House Competition
image from architects

Architecture in Africa

Major African Buildings,  alphabetical:

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Snohetta Architecture
Alexandria Library Building
photo from Snøhetta Architects

Alexandria Library Building
British Council Building, Addis Ababa
British Council in-house architects
British Council Building Ethiopia
photo © James Brittain

British Council Building Africa
Calabar International Center, Nigeria
Henning Larsen Architects
Calabar Conference Center
image : Henning Larsen Architects

Calabar International Center
Cove 3, Western Cape, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Knysna Property
photo : Micky Hoyle COURTESY OF VISI

Cove 3 House
Cove 6, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Knysna Building
photo from architects

Cove 6 House
The Freedom Park, nr Pretoria, South Africa
various Architects
Freedom Park South Africa
photograph from architect

Freedom Park, Salvokop

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Botswana Design Competition : Science and Technology Park – Innovation Hub
Botswana Innovation Hub
photo from organisers

Soccer City Stadium, South Africa
BUE & Partners with Populous
Soccer City South Africa
image : Boogertman Urban Edge & Ptrs / Populous

Soccer City Stadium Building

African Office Buildings

Grand Egyptian Museum Cairo : Entry

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