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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS DENIS SASSOU NGUESSO in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo by IAD

September 20th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: IAD

A project that foments higher education in a privileged natural setting

From Pointe Noire to Ouesso, construction sites in the Republic of Congo are readily multiplying due to the interest given by international investors and the prospects of economic development: the country looks to the future and plans for a full industrialization by 2025.

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  • Architects: IAD
  • Location: Brazzaville | Republic of the Congo
  • Developer: UNICON Development


  • Site Area: 190 ha
  • Capacity: 30.000 students
  • Student’s residences: 2512 people
  • Teacher’s residences:314 people
  • Buildable area: 176.000 m²
  • Buildings (25 in total): 1 Rectory,  Administration building, 4 University Servicesbuildings, 10 Scientific and Pedagogic facilities, 1 Central Library, 1 Amphitheater, 1 University Restaurant, Canteen, 3 Sports Facilities
  • Stadium: 5000 seats
  • Swimming pool: Olympic certified
  • Multisport Hall: 2000 seats
  • 2 Student’s Residences
  • 2Teacher’s Residence
  • Project: 2012-2013
  • Completion planned for2015-2016

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The Congolese government’s aim is to improve access to higher education, to shape a new generation of professionals that will be able to meet the national market’s expectations hence by collaborating with international universities that will promote inter-college exchange programs. Thus it has decided to build a modern polytechnic university that will include conventional teaching and technical training in order to complement the existing University facilities in Brazzaville.

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To build in the Western Africa of today is to participate in the growth and development of entire societies. Large scale real estate operations have a major environmental impact resulting from construction processes, general maintenance and consumption of water and electricity as well as CO2 contamination.

It was essential that the campus project be adapted to this African reality by proposing simple, technically accessible and energy-efficient solutions without hindering the contemporary and international architectural image requested by the client. This will to provide high levels of comfort, adjusted to the local site, culture and its inhabitants has allowed IAD to suggest simple, sometimes basic and ancient solutions in order to create the desired atmosphere.

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This prevalent concern for the project’s immediate environment ensured that every decision respected the natural surroundings. A very accessible 190Ha site with no need for deforestation was chosen on the northern edge of Brazzaville, in Kintele, along the mighty river Congo. Moreover, the project took into account that the different elements of the program were to be positioned so that each distinct building platform could adapt itself to the natural topography.

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