Escom Immeuble by COSTALOPES Architecture

 Escom Congo

Year  2010
Area  9.485 sqm
Category Mixed-Use
On Site

The Immeuble ESCOM building is located in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.

Brazzaville is the country’s largest city (some 9 million inhabitants) and is located in the south-east of the country on the northern bank of the River Congo. Opposite it, on the other side of the river, is Kinshasa (the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire). This is one of the few places in the world where two national capitals face each other on opposite banks of a river.

Having the form of a perfect cube measuring 32 x 32 x 32 metres, the building’s programme is a mixture of housing and offices over a total of 8 floors. The plot surface area is 960 sq. m, while the total space is 9,485 sq. m.

The first level (parking, technical areas and stairwells and lift shafts) is semi-subterranean so as to establish a permanent relationship with the exterior surroundings and best rationalise the interior circulation of vehicles and persons. The retail spaces are distributed at the corners and have a double ceiling height allowing for greater exploitation of the space and intensification of the relationship with the exterior.

In order to make the most of the circulation spaces and ensure privacy for each component, the vertical access nucleus to the apartments and offices on the upper floors is separate and independent.

The residential area faces the river bank, enabling the residents to enjoy the serenity of the river and the proximity to nature. Inversely, the office spaces face the city and airport, creating a more urban and entrepreneurial connection to the surroundings. Uniting these two distinct areas are the circulation, distribution and technical spaces (which are all shared in order to make the most of the building’s infrastructural and functional elements).

The façades of the perfect cube feature an open/close system that make it possible to benefit from resonances with the surrounding skyline (in the case the residential area, with the languidnes and geo-historic context of the River Congo; and, for the offices, with the context of urban Brazzaville), without ever losing the reading of the cube and its compactness.


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