Umoja House

The Manser Practice Architects , Dar es Salaam, 2002

 

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The office floors are necessarily set behind a secure wall. To the right is the single-storey shared visa hall, with floating roof 

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  • The office floors are necessarily set  behind a secure wall. To the right is the single-storey shared visa hall, with floating roof    
  • Umoja house    
  • Mesh at east of atrium     
  • Shaded car parking and west wall with escape stair    
  • Typical rooftop view    
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  • Siteplan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Upper floor plan    
  • From top: Cut-away isometric of staircase; Detail section through staircase and landing    
  • From top: Key section through staircase and lift shaft; Key plan of staircase and lift shaft    

Secure building in an agressive climate to house the diplomatic missions of Germany, Netherlands, the European Union and the British High Commission

Built to European standards, in one of the poorest countries of the world, the architect has created acceptable internal conditions, with due regard to sustainable energy sources, in an extremely aggressive climate.

The 7000m2 building employs passive environmental controls to maintain comfortable naturally ventilated interior spaces.

To prevent overall heat gain the design has a floating solar roof and external louvres to three elevations. Materials were sourced locally wherever possible and supported by local agents and contractors.

Data

  • Begun: Feb 2001
  • Completed: Aug 2002
  • Floor area: 6,982m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £12.5M
  • Tender date: Sep 2000
  • Procurement: GC Works
  • Address: Umoja House, Garden Avenue, Dar es Salaam, 9200, Tanzania

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