AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Abuja, Nigeria

The African Institute of Science and Technology is the first pan-African university on the continent of Africa. This masterplan was placed second in an international competition funded by the World Bank. It responds to the rolling landscape of the 250 hectare site and to the distinctive urban plan of Abuja city itself.

The campus is organised as two distinct but connected parts: the academic core to the east and residential villages to the west. All buildings have inward-looking entrances, reflecting the traditional typology of the African compound or village. Their oversailing, leaf-like shading structures minimise cooling loads and collect solar energy and rainwater.

Team

Client
Nelson Mandela Institution
Partner Architect
Godwin Hopwood Kuye, Lagos
Structural Engineer and Infrastructure
Arup London/Nigeria
Services Engineer and Sustainability
Buro Happold/KOA Consultants Ltd, Lagos
Landscape Architect
Christopher Bradley-Hole Landscape
Partner Landscape Architect
Arabella Landscape, Lagos

Data

Area
250 ha
Location
Abuja, Nigeria

RIBA International competition
2006
2nd place