Project: Central Congress of the Congo Kintele
Architect: Avci architects
Location: Brazzaville, Congo
Area: 807,293 sf
Photo by: Emre Dorter
Central Congress of the Congo Kintele by Avci Architects
The Congo Kintele Congress Center and Resort Hotel (KCC) which was selected at the 2018 WAF Awards, was designed by Avcı Architects based in London & Istanbul in the newly developing Brazzaville area to host the African Union Summit and in complete harmony with geographical, climate context and the culture within it to meet the sustainability criteria taken by Avcı Architects as the most important starting point in all its projects.
Kintele Congo Congress and Resort Hotels (KCC) located in the newly developed Brazzaville area, north of the new Olympic Center. This site has a panaromic view of the Congo River in the south and a forest structure without buildings in the north. The topography of this site is a valley carved by the great Congo River which created the island of M'Bamaou in the foreground and the buildings are parallel to the contours of this valley that falls towards the river.
Placement Central Congress of the Congo KinteleBuildings on the site are largely determined by this topography where we are concerned to minimize excessive excavation and diversion of the earth from the site. Larger objects of the program: the 1500-seat Congress Hall, the 300-seat Presidential Hall, the 1,000-seat Banquet Hall and 1000 Public Piazza places in the order line that is interrupted by the lawn, and all can be reached by a public protection colony connecting these elements . Hotels on the other hand are positioned 5 meters above this public pedestrian area, mostly to provide a better view of the river, while making a separate public / private function on the site. All but two pages linking the attached volumes are publicly accessible, and allow us to form landscape transitions among the large masses of these functions. Thus the shape of the Congo Congress Center Kintele settles in the landscape, avoiding the appearance of large-scale buildings that are out of control, while presenting views of the Congo River from all hotel rooms.
The 350 meter long colony also acts as a linear public space which naturally protects people from the rain that is always in effect for most of the year in this part of the world. The two ends of the Collonade also act as a public gateway to the entire complex. Attached to this public clash are the Press Hall to the West gate and the Museum to the East gate. At this end the Museum forms the southern edge of the Piazza, while shops and Public Restaurants form the North and East edges of the Piazza. This open space is also protected from rain with asquare oculus which allows rain to fall into a shallow pool at its center.
Relationship with Climate …
In Central Congress of the Congo KinteleLocation for at least 6 months in a rainy year is a climate phenomenon that is always present in Congo and determines the way people interact in public places and with public spaces. Therefore, a great effort was made in this sense to protect people in the open but not far from nature, and the rain fell because when it rained it was still very warm and certainly humid. Therefore, while it is important to protect from rain, it is also important to allow air to flow and cool such protected spaces. The presence of water is celebrated by making falls from the roof visible and audible when it reaches the earth and filling open ponds that take overflows from large roof areas using gargoyles and waterfalls.
Another aspect of the local tropical climate is the constant presence of high humidity levels which makes natural ventilation a way to minimize energy consumption and the use of air conditioners in public spaces which is important so that comfort conditions can be achieved with acceptable comfort standards. . Our main goal in this regard is to minimize the cooling load by reducing the incidence of sunlight on the exposed glass facade. Thus the glass is always set far into the facade to the north (in this case the true north facade which receives the midday sun because the location of the site is below the equator) and low sunlight from the east and west is minimized by vertical shading elements and perforated metal screens.
The use of materials in the Resort Hotels of the Congress Center of the Congo Kintele is largely determined by the requirements of the speed of construction, and the availability of construction materials and modern cladding, which do not exist in the Republic of Congo. Thus, although it will be more cost-effective, the concrete framework is set aside for steel and lightweight transportable materials such as aluminum panels for large cladding elements such as beam or brickwork. Beyond that efforts are made to use natural materials at any time such as wood and stone.
The larger elements are characterized by a series of laser-cut hollow cladding elements in Congolese geometric patterns that originate from the tradition of the larger region, which connects buildings to their place. Sometimes these patterns are rediscovered in interior elements such as floor and screen patterns that divide the interior space, and sometimes the external wall elements create shadow or privacy between the inside and the outside. The vertical shade element is a lighter layer of bronz / brass, against a background of a larger dark panel and of course glass. The overall color palatte of this project actually comes from a series of lighter and darker bronz and brass colors.
Kintele Resort Hotel
This 200-bedroom resort hotel also acts as an addition to the Congo Congress Center Kintele, providing both facilities for several presidential guests, with 6 presidential suites and their entourage, with a series of standard suites and rooms. On the ground floor there is a spa, restaurant, bar and swimming pool all standing 5 meters above the level of the Congress Center, providing panoramic views of the Congo Valley.
A pedestrian link leads from the side of the hotel pool to the main event page below which also serves as an extension of Piazza Public, which links back to the colony running East West.
Project descriptions and photos provided by Avci architects