Could you first introduce the design concept of Kingsway Tower?
The form was inspired by the square sails of the boats on the lagoon. The façade skin, which shades the glass and reduces the heat load on the façade, was inspired by palm fronds, it’s a form of biomimicry. By combing these two elements we were able to create a building that belongs to Lagos.
What was the key element of the client brief?
The building is on an important corner site in Lagos so the client wanted a building that had a strong identity and presence. It was also very important that the building is very functional so a lot of work was put into getting things like the parking and servicing right.
What’s your favourite thing about this project?
The façade is our favourite element.
Could you introduce the functional partition of this office block?
The building has a level of parking in the basement, a retail level at street level and then two additional levels of parking. Above this is the office tower. Lagos has problems with the provision of reliable municipal servers so the buildings also has its own generators and water and sewerage plants.
Have you considered the theory of humanized design in public area planning?
Yes, we were very conscious of designing the building in such a way that it related to the street level. This resulted in a visually open ground level.
What was the key element of planning perpendicular pedestrian flow and horizontal pedestrian flow?
The lobby is very visible from the street so there is a very clear approach to the building. Vertically the building is serviced by a lift core.
We note that aluminium screens are the hero material used in this building, but what role did aluminium play in the design development for this project?
The screen is made up of folded 3mm aluminium sheets that have been perforated. We found that is a very useful façade material in a number of ways. It is inherently strong because it is folded, it is easy to clean and it adds a crispness to the construction.
What was the most challenging aspect of bringing this project to life?
For Lagos the most complex issue is definitely procurement, as many materials and systems needed to be imported.