Nigerien architecture and research firm, Atelier Masomi, recently unveiled a scale model for their upcoming Niamey Cultural Center project via their instagram page.
The model of the Niamey Cultural Center was built by SA based Architectural Model maker Boyd & Ogier, with photography executed by Chiara Monelli. You can view more images of the model on her instagram page.
Located in the lush Gounti Yenna Valley of Niger’s capital, on a 5500sqm site, the Niamey Cultural Center will fill a void in a city with a dearth of cultural venues and outlets. Most importantly, it will provide a place for learning, for dreaming, a place of levity that draws its programme from local community conversations about culture, traditions and aspirations.
The project’s concept takes inspiration from Hausa and Songhai traditional architecture. It puts a strong accent on climate mitigation solutions and sustainable practices of using local materials, rainwater harvesting and solar energy, while allowing the continued use of the site as an urban agriculture hub. It is shaped to be an integral part of the city, accessible to all, and a natural gathering point for the population.