Orascom – Nigeria
This building is intended to provide first-class lettable offices and luxury apartments. It also includes provisions for a bank branch, gymnasium, restaurant and other lifestyle facilities. An atrium and skylight open up the apartments’ circulation areas to daylight. Wind is sucked upwards from the largely open recreation floor on the tenth floor, creating a draft that naturally ventilates the atrium. The gentle concave curves of the building maximize its lettable efficiency, and its positioning on a corner plot minimize the solar heat gain along its longer sides. Horizontal louvres, a prominent feature of the facade, will serve to diffuse the sun’s rays. Fire escapes are provided at each corner of the building, satisfying the the minimum British Fire Escape Regulations.