Congo Kintele Convention Center by Avci Architects
The Congo Kintele Convention Center and Resort Hotel (KCC), which won the WAF Awards in 2019, is based in London and Istanbul. Architects It is in complete harmony with the geographical, climatic and cultural context that it has created to meet the sustainability criteria. This is the main starting point for all Avci Architects projects in a newly developing region in Brazzaville to host the African Union summits.
Congo Kintele Convention Center and Holiday Hotel (KCC) In a newly developed district of Brazzaville north of the modern Olympic Center. The site has a panoramic view of the Congo in the south and a forested structure in the north. The topography of the site is a valley formed by the great Congo River, which forms in the foreground the island of M & # 39; Bamaou. The buildings are parallel to the outlines of the valley in the direction of the river.
positioning Congo Kintele Convention CenterThe buildings on the site are largely determined by this topography, which we need to minimize excessive excavation and landslides. Major objectives of the program: The congress hall for 1500 people, the presidential hall for 300 people, the banquet hall for 1000 people and the people seat for 1000 people were housed in a number of courtyards and provided with a publicly protected shelter. Elements. On the other side, the hotel is 5 meters above this public promenade, which offers a better view of the river and at the same time offers the possibility to reserve functions for the public and the privacy on the spot. With the exception of the two courtyards that connect the enclosed spaces, they are all open to the public and allow us to arrange landscaping among a large mass of these functions. The shape of the Kongo Kintele Convention Center is located in scenic areas and offers views of the Congo from all hotel rooms. This prevents large-scale buildings from overcoming large-scale buildings.
The 350-meter colony also functions as a linear public space that protects people from the rain that rains in this part of the world most of the year. Both ends of the collonade serve as the public gateway of the entire complex. This public colony is connected to the West Gate Press Museum and the East Gate Museum. At this end, the museum forms the southern end of the piazza, while the shops and the folk restaurant form the north and east sides of the piazza. This open space is also protected by a square oculus that allows rain to fall into a shallow basin in the middle.
Relations with the climate …
in Congo Kintele Convention CenterWhere rain has lived for at least 6 months a year, the climate in the Congo is unique and determines the way people interact in public and public spaces. Therefore, in this sense, great effort has been made not to bring people into open spaces, but not far from nature and rainfall, as it is still very hot and humid in the rain. The protection against rain is important, but also the air flow and the cooling of such protection areas. The presence of water is celebrated by falling visibly and audibly off the rooftops and filling open pools overflowing with large roof areas with ugly creatures and waterfalls.
Another aspect of the local tropical climate is the use of air conditioning systems for public spaces, which are essential for maintaining high humidity and allow natural ventilation to minimize energy consumption and achieve acceptable comfort standards for comfort conditions. , In this case, our main goal is to minimize the cooling load by reducing solar radiation on the exposed glass facades. Thus, the windows are always placed deep in the north façade (in this case, the actual northern façade, which actually receives sun due to the location of the ground below the equator in the middle of the day), and the low solar radiation from east and west is minimized. vertical shading elements and perforated sheets.
The use of materials at the Resort Hotel of the Kongo Kintele Convention Center was crucial for the speed of construction and the availability of modern construction and cladding materials that are not found in the Republic of Congo. Therefore, although cheaper, the concrete frame is ruled out in favor of steel and more easily transportable coating materials such as aluminum panels for large cladding elements such as blocks or bricks. In addition, we have always tried to use natural materials such as wood and stone.
The large elements are indicated by a series of perforated paneling elements, laser cut in geometric Congolese patterns derived from the traditions of large regions connecting buildings. Sometimes these patterns are reminiscent of internal elements such as floor patterns and screens that separate them from the interior, and sometimes external wall elements that create shadows or privacy between the interior and the exterior. The vertical shading elements are a light bronze / brass coating against the background of darker panels and, of course, glass. The entire color part of the project consists of a series of lighter and darker tones than bronze and brass.
Kintele Resort Hotel
The 200-room resort also includes the Kongo Kintele Convention Center, where some presidential guests, eco-friendly guests expect 6 presidential suites, as well as a range of suites and standard rooms. On the ground floor you will find a spa, a restaurant, bars and a swimming pool, all 5 meters above the congress middle, with panoramic views of the Congo Valley.
Pedestrian connections extend from the hotel pool to the courtyard and serve as an extension of the public piazza, which is also connected to the colonnade in the east-west.
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