Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Client: Namibia Tourism Board
Main Contractor: Afrideca Construction Namibia
Completion: February 2015
This project, initiated in 2010, will provide the Namibian Tourism Board with its own head office building, appropriately sized to serve their growing requirements.
The building’s form and character derives primarily from an architectural response to the brief within the constraints of context, site orientation and slope.
Perforated steel sun control screens on the northeast and northwest elevations are both functional and decorative elements that will articulate the façades with appropriately dappled graphics of indigenous thorn trees while controlling heat gain through the glazing. The aesthetic is conceived to offer a crisp working environment that communicates something of the lucidity and clearness of the Namibian landscape to visitors and the general public.
A 50kWp grid-connected photovoltaic array will handle the base energy load of the building, thereby setting an appropriate precedent for further such initiatives in a country where this energy resource still remains underutilised.