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HERMANN KAMTE IS A SPEAKER AT CTBUH 2018 CONFERENCE

CTBUH 2018 Conference Will Be Taking Place At Dubai During The 22-25 October.

August 31, 2018

Wood is a wonderful material, freely offered by nature. It has a great role to play in the shaping of a better world, of sustainable cities, affordable housing and quality of life. In the world, with fast-growing problems such as fastest urbanization and climate change, cities are under pressure and facing challenges around energy efficiency, sustainability and recycling. Today, the housing crisis and the lack of public facilities has reached a crisis stage. The number of poorly housed, homeless or people without any access to public services is quickly rising as a consequence of uncontrolled urbanization.

FINACIAL TIMES UK | TIMBER RISING

‘Age Of Engineered Timber’ Comes With A Few Snags

March 30, 2018

Rising 26 storeys above the bustle of Lagos, Abebe Court Tower’s geometric façade of light wood separated by belts of lush green stands out from the drab concrete that dominates Nigeria’s commercial centre. Or at least it would, if it were built. Cameroon-based architecture firm Hermann Kamte & Associates created the design for the 2016 “City Above the City” competition by Metsä Wood, a wood producer. Aside from offering a different aesthetic element to the skyline, Kamte’s designs for a mixed-use landmark would make use of the biggest revolution sweeping architecture: engineered timber.

LADYGRACIOUS | HERMANN KAMTE

Hermann Kamte : The Mastermind Breaking The Records In Architecture

March 25, 2018

Young, creative, talented and brilliant Cameroonian architect, Hermann Kamte is the author of several masterpieces including “Lagos Wooden Tower” the first wooden skyscraper proposed in Africa. Founder of HKA (Hermann Kamte & Associates). He believes that “Awards are trophies or certificates, but honor is emotion and sensibility… I don’t want to be the most famous or awarded African architect… I want to be the architect who made a solid contribution for society as Leonard de Vinci did before for Europe”

AFRIQUE MAGAZINE | HERMANN KAMTE

Hermann Kamte, Génie Du Bois

February 28, 2018

Les Toitures d’aujourd’hui peuvent-elles devenir les espaces verts de demain ? Quel est le plan B pour l’avenir d’un monde surpeuplé ? L’agence camerounaise Hermann Kamte&Associates répond à ces questions avec le projet d’une tour résidentielle en bois de plus de 40 000 m² dans le centre-ville de Lagos. La Abebe Court Tower, ou Lagos’s Wooden Tower, s’étale sur quatre blocs de six étages d’appartements, construit au-dessus d’un bâtiment existant dans le luxueux quartier d’Ikoyi. Sa hauteur assure un éclairage et une ventilation naturelle aux logements, ceinturés de verdure et de terrasses et protégés du soleil par une enveloppe  inspirée des tatouages des peuples edo, yoruba et hausa. Conçu comme un poumon vert au cœur de la ville, le projet prend très au sérieux le bien-être des habitants. 

SCIENCE & VIE | THE FORGOTTEN DEAD OR ALIVE

Un Concept D'ile Artificielle

February 19, 2018

Au coeur du continent africain, le lac Tchad est en train de s'assécher. Un architecte camerounais propose une île artificielle innovante, qui fait office d'usine de désalinisation pour remplir le lac avec l'eau de l'océan. Souvent envisagée comme un refuge contre la montée des eaux, l'île artificielle pourrait aussi, selon le cabinet d'architecture camerounais Hermann Kamte, servir à remplir le lac Tchad, aujourd'hui réduit au dixième de sa surface.

FIRST IMAGE -TIMBER RISING - ROCA LONDON EXHIBITION

The Future Of Architecture Lies In Engineered Wood At Roca London Gallery

February 13, 2018

City dwellers could soon become used to seeing more and more tall buildings made of timber. Engineered wood like cross-laminated timber (CLT) is being increasingly adopted by environmentally-minded architects. Some of the best and most experimental examples are on display in Roca London Gallery.

‘Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow’, which runs till 19 May, features live projects like Waugh Thistleton’s Dalston Lane apartment block in London – the world’s biggest CLT building to date – and proposals such as Michael Green Architects’ Parisian tower or Hermann Kamte & Associates’ latticed Wooden Tower concept for Lagos in Nigeria ... Co-curator Clare Farrow believes that these new materials will drive new forms of architecture. ‘The first CLT buildings resembled existing structures, but now architects are envisaging completely different types that you couldn’t do with concrete and steel.’

HERMANN KAMTE IS A SPEAKER AT ARCHITECTUREZA 2018 (AZA18)

Architecture ZA 2018 (AZA18) Will Be Taking Place At Various Venues In The Inner City Of Pretoria During The Week 3-5 May 2018.

February 09, 2018

Memory & Resilience

 

Architecture ZA 2018 (AZA 18) will be taking place at various venues in the inner city of Pretoria during the week 3-5 May 2018. Presented and hosted by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), the three day event – two days of conference presentations and one day of tours and masterclasses – will be co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP). Under the theme WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience.

TIMBER RISING - ROCA LONDON EXHIBITION

Let's Start With Our Exhibition In London. Timber Rising: Vertical Visions For The Cities Of Tomorrow

February 08, 2018

Timber Rising :  

 

Timber Rising: Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow The first comprehensive exhibition to look at the new revolution in timber high-rise building. A timber revolution is in the air. In the last decade, a new phenomenon has occurred in architectural practice: the beginning of high-rise building in wood. The exhibition will also feature the projects and proposals of  international practices: Lagos’ Wooden Tower concept for Nigeria by Hermann Kamte & Associates (Cameroon).

HERMANN KAMTE GIVES AN INTERVIEW FOR METSÄ WOOD

Architect Hermann Kamte’s Wooden Ambition

January 24, 2018

The late Zaha Hadid famously once said: "If you want an easy life, don't be an architect". As a young Cameroonian architect following in Hadid's footsteps, Hermann Kamte can certainly empathise.

"Architecture is simple and incredibly complex at the same time," says the 25-year-old. "The challenges are many, but the potential rewards are high. In my opinion, architects are like philosophers - the more they learn the better they are."

The last 18 months have certainly been a steep yet highly rewarding learning curve for Kamte. Graduating from the prestigious EAMAU (Ecole Africaine des Métiers de l'Architecture et de l’Urbanisme) in the Togolese capital Lomé in 2016, he went on to found Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA) soon afterwards...

PIXA FEATURE IN LANSCAPE MAGAZINE

Pixa On The January 2018 Issue, The First Landscape Magazine In The Middle East

January 06, 2018

In our first issue of the year, we explore the changing trends in living habits fuelled by new technologies that are influencing architecture and future designs. From sprawling compounds to vertical towers in the sky, our cities are quickly transforming into smart cities of the future. 

COULD WOOD BE THE FUTURE OF URBAN ARCHITECTURE ?

A New Exhibition In London Will Make A Strong Case For Timber's Place Amid The Skyline Of Tomorrow

January 04, 2018

Could thickets of wood take root in our cities soon? That's certainly the suggestion of a forthcoming exhibition called Raising Timber. The exhibition, which opens at the Roca London Gallery on 9 February, is the first comprehensive look at the revolution in timber high-rise building, and features both new structures and architectural renderings from Britain, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, France and elsewhere.

Many of the exhibits, such as Waugh Thistleton’s Dalston Lane block in London, use cross-laminated timber, a relatively new type of glued-wood material, which is both strong, and sustainable.

LAGOS' WOODEN TOWER IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CITY'S RELIANCE ON CONCRETE BUILDINGS

The Award-Winning Tower By Cameroonian Architecture Firm, Hermann Kamte & Associates

January 03, 2018

Designed and conceptualised by Cameroonian Architecture Firm, Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), Lagos’ Wooden Tower - a proposed addition to Nigeria’s capital and one of Africa’s most populated cities -has just won an American Architecture Prize, as well as the inaugural World Architecture Festival award's inaugural WAFX prize.

The WAFX Prize is awarded to future projects that identify key challenges that architects will need to address over the next ten years and is part of the World Architectural Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

LAGOS’S WOODEN TOWER BY HERMANN KAMTE

Architecture

December 30, 2017

Lagos is the most populate city in Africa and represents a big deal for architects. City consists of 16 million inhabitants. Situated in the heart of Ikory, the most popular and the richest residential site of Nigeria, Lagos’s tower is the unique wooden structure which is designed to be a smart and sustainable building.

PIXA

A Flexible And Modular Structure

December 06, 2017

“Emotion Is The Most Powerful Weapon In Architecture And The Secret Of Great Designs.”

PIXA is a flexible and modular tool or structure which can be easily assembled to create a tiny, large and largest structure by replication using a single unit. The Interior space of the steel structure is defined by two abstract natural elements “light and shades”.

A SHOUT-OUT FROM MINISTER NATHI MTHETHWA TO HERMANN KAMTE

Minister Nathi Mthethwa of Arts and Culture of South Africa Gives A Shout-Out to Hermann Kamte

November 14, 2017

A Shoot-Out from Minister Nathi Mthethwa

"As a symbol of African Architecture gaining global stature, Herman Kamte a 25-year-old Architect from Cameroon, recieved the WAFX prize at the World Architectural Festival in Berlin for his design of the Lagos Wooden Tower."

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER WIN THE WA AWARDS 26TH CYCLE - DESIGNED CATEGORY

HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates Is Among The Winners of WA Awards 26th Cycle "Designed Category"

November 13, 2017

Proud to Announced HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates is a Winner of WA Awards 26th Cycle  " Designed Category". We are among the Winner aside International Architecture Office as; Yazgan Design & Architecture, Kikuma Watanabe, Sanjay Puri, FREA+SCRA and many more...

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER WIN THE 1ST PRIZE AWARDS AT WAFX PRIZE 2017

HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates Is The 1st Prize At The Inaugural WAFX Prize "Cultural Identity Category"

October 11, 2017

Glad to Announced HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates is the 1st Prize at the Inaugural WAFX Prize on The  " Cultural Identity Category". We among the Winner Above International Architecture Office as; Aedas, Perkins+Will, Woods Bagot, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Boogertman + Partners Architects, AECOM, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Viñoly Architects,

Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris,  EAA Emre Arolat Architecture, etc.

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER WIN THE AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE 2017

HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates Is A Winner Of The American Architecture Prize 2017 "Green Architecture"

October 05, 2017

Glad to Announced HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates is a Winner Of the prestigious American Architecture Prize 2017 " Green Architecture Category" Aside World-leading firms As Aedas. 

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER WIN THE 1ST PRIZE AWARDS AT RETHINKING THE FUTURE 2017

HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates Win The 1st Prize Awards At Rethinking The Future 2017 "Residential - Concept"

August 08, 2017

Happy to Announced HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates Win the First Prize Awards At Rethinking The Future 2017 " Cathegory : Residential (Concept) Aside World-leading firms As Gensler.

HERMANN KAMTE RECEIVED THE BRONZE A'DESIGN AWARDS TROPHY 2017

The Bronze A'Design Awards Trophy 2017

July 09, 2017

Westerday, We Received The Bronze A'Design Award  And The Competition Winners Book From Como, Italy

Finalist For The World Architecture Festival 2017 "Residential - Future Projects - Supported by GROHE With Lagos's Wooden Tower in Lagos, Nigeria"

July 05, 2017

We are Glad to Announced HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates With Lagos's Wooden Tower Have Been Shortlisted For The World Architecture Festival 2017 Aside World-leading firms including BIG, Heatherwick Studio, Zaha Hadid Architects, Jean Paul Viguier & Associés and Viñoly Architects.

PIXA

Flexibility With Organic Fabric

July 06, 2017

Check Our Latest Project, PIXA, a flexible & modular structure

THE FORGOTTEN - DEAD OR ALIVE ON DESIGNBOOM

HKA's Latest Sustainability Project Envisions A Green Future For Lake Chad

May 18, 2017

"Cameroonian Architect Hermann Kamte incorporates his love of philosophy in his latest ‘regeneration of the lake chad’ project. having observed the ecosystem’s patterns, kamte deduced that ecological catastrophes have resulted in the disappearance of fauna and flora and will soon dry out the lakes of the sahara desert. to resolve the issue, the LCBC’s (lake chad basin commission) main purpose is to sustainably manage lake chad and other shared water resources" DesignBoom

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER ARTICLE BY TOM WILKINSON & THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

Typology: Skyscraper; Wooden Skyscraper in Lagos, Nigeria, by Hermann Kamte

May 12, 2017

"The development of laminated timber has facilitated the construction of unprecedentedly tall wooden buildings

New materials continue to stimulate innovations in skyscraper design. The development of laminated timber has facilitated the construction of unprecedentedly tall wooden buildings, culminating – so far – in an 18-storey student residence at the University of British Columbia, completed last year. Taller buildings are on the cards, including an 80-storey tower designed by PLP Architecture and Cambridge University, and this 21-storey residential tower, proposed by Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte with the intention of softening the predominantly concrete cityscape of Lagos."  Tom Wilkinson, The Architectural Review

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER PUBLISHED ON THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

Africa - May Issue 2017

May 03, 2017

"Africa has become a lazy substitute for any number of ideas from the political to the social, cultural, historical and economic. In this issue, we reject the stereotypes and, from refugee camps to Art Deco housing; starchitects to wooden skyscrapers, counter the notion of Africa as a place to be influenced." The Architectural Review

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER WON THE BRONZE A'DESIGN AWARD 2017

Category "Architecture, Building And Structure Design"

April 20, 2017

We are proud to announce that HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates has won the ​​Bronze A' Design Award for "Architecture, Building and Structure Design" category with our proposal "Lagos's Wooden Tower in Lagos, Nigeria" - 2017

HKA | HERMANN KAMTE & ASSOCIATES ON THE COVER OF DESIGN BUILD REVIEW

The Wooden Skyscraper - April Issue

April 07, 2017

We talk about the process behind the Project and The Future of Wooden Construction.

HERMANN KAMTE INTERVIEWED BY DESIGN BUILD NETWORK

Read The Interview of Architect Hermann Kamte By Design Build Review

April 02, 2017

Often overlooked in favour of glass, steel and concrete, wood is now being used in unexpected places including skyscrapers. Patrick Kingsland spoke to Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte about his plans to build a wooden tower in the heart of Nigeria’s capital, Lagos.

THE FORGOTTEN - CURRENT RESEARH - LAKE CHAD REGENERATION

Ecological & Human Catastrophe - Water & Food Crisis

February 19, 2017

Several Continentals Oceans are dying around the world, but in central Africa, the situation of Lake Chad is so critic; this Biome is dying every day. The Scientifics estimate its dead in this century if nothing is done. Remember, this ecosystem is one of the first settlement patterns of peoples in the Sahara, and its potential has been evaluated as one of the best cultivable area for food. Not only assimilated as ecological catastrophe with the disappearance of biotopes, fauna and flora; it will also a human catastrophe which directly affects more than 9 million persons and 30 million indirectly in this region.

 

Water is Life, to save Lake Chad; a lot of actions will consist to regenerate it by the proposal of a Limnology and a Desalination Centre on the site. The Limnology Centre will be a self-sufficient with the mission to study the lake and its surroundings. At the same time, the Desalination Centre with its Pipelines will connect the Atlantic Ocean and Lake. Water from the ocean will be treated and redistributed as fresh water for people consumption and mineralised water to regenerate the Lake.

LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER AMONG 5 OF 2016'S BEST AFRICAN PROJECTS

Ranked 5 Of 2016’s Very Best African Architecture Projects By Worldbuild 365

February 15, 2017

We are glad to announced Lagos's Wooden Tower in Lagos (Nigeria) amoung the 5 of 2016’s very best African architecture projects by  worldbuild 365.
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February 13, 2017

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LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER PUBLISHED ON AFRICAN DESIGN MAGAZINE

Publication On The Magazine - February Edition 2017

February 01, 2017

We are glad to announced the project " LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER" has been published by African Design Magazine (P40-45).
Thank to Gregg Cocking and team For theirs Good Jobs.
The process behind "Lagos's Wooden Tower" of #PlanB has been revealed to the worldwide
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LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER

Shortlisted - Plan B - City Above The City - Competition

November 08, 2016

HKA with the project Lagos's Wooden Tower has been shortlisted to Plan B: The City Above The City, an international competition organised by Metsä Wood. With the aim to enhanced wood material for the next generation of buildings in lagos (Nigeria) the most populate city in africa, our design  want to be the only one of its kind in this country, driven by smart and sustainable architecture.

We are glad to have been published on several platforms including but not limited to these links:

Livin Spaces

DesignBoom

Metsä Wood

CTBUH Global News

Techitt

Future Architecture Platform

Architizer

LECTURE AT EAMAU (ECOLE AFRICAINE DE L'ARCHITECTURE ET DE L'URBANISME)

Invite For A Lecture - Theme: Student Tools & Research

December 09, 2016

Hermann Kamte was a lecturer at EAMAU. The Presentation focused on "Student, Tools & Research" and the process behind the project Lagos's Wooden Tower has been explained.

E-CANVAS WINS TAW COMPETITION 2016 - EXHIBITION

First Prize - Tirana Architecture Week 2016 - Transformations That Matter - Competition

October 21, 2016

In october 14th, HKA won the first place at the TAW competition 2016. The final exhibition of the winners, honorable mentions and best projects took place in Destil Tirana from the 18th at the 20th October. 

 

"E-CANVAS is an ecological project with the goal to change the hub without any big transformation of existing layout. The aim is to involve lifestyle of people by a sum of little small actions on the Hub. People may see their life change after each action."

 

The jury appreciated the deep analytical approach aiming to propose a strong and simple context-related strategy.

Tirana Architecture Week 2016

AFRICAN MUSEUM OF ART & ARCHITECTURE

First Prize In Its Jury - Hermann Kamte - Master Thesis

July 08, 2016

The twenty-first century is maybe the starting of the golden age of African peoples. An observation shows that this growth is inevitably accompanied by an advanced disappearance of its cultural identity in favour of the globalisation. So, what legacy for the next generation?

Deprive man of its culture is like to separate it from his human nature.

Today, urgency is to preserve millennia of history and civilisation. Industrial and mechanical society will carry a population emptied of all its essence and its fundamentals. What should be important to protect? The useful or the pleasant? Immortal or vanity? How to enhance the development in the respect of cultural diversity?

The ‘African Museum of Art and History’ offers the whole African culture into a unique space; a country which focuses all the cultural diversity of Africa on a single territory ‘Cameroon’.

The project of museum turn around three main keys words: Nature, Architecture and Sculpture. These are the federative ideas. The concepts are biomimicry and sacred wood..

HEDZRANAWE CLINIC

First Prize Jury - Heathcare Facilities - Resarch Project - Lome In Togo

August 19, 2015

In the quarter of Hedzranawe at a few kilometres of Lome (Togo), we propose a clinic to contribute to the health domain. This school is created in the wish to help the community and eventually reinvent healthcare building. The project wants to change the lifestyle of people. In Togo, there's a lack of medical facilities and that is why I nourish an interest in this topic. But now, how to process?

Firstly, a clinic should guarantee fluidity and best communication system between its whole functions. The structure may be sustainable and safe. Then, highlights aspects such as thermal and acoustic comfort, relaxation spaces, social gathering are become the priority near it first definition to treat people. 

Design is inspired by local architecture, but we also add another touch into shape composition. Eventually, number of floor was limited to respect the neighbouring and the surrounding landscape. The result is, volume follows the context and the land.

STAIR DESIGN

Publication On : The Trace The Evolution Of Staircase Design - Eestairs

November 01, 2015

Today, with the process used for construction and design, wood is Mother Nature fingerprints in our buildings. These Mother Nature's fingerprints in our projects connect us to nature into the artificial built environment. The design of the stairs needs to provide an emotional response by it function, beauty and aesthetics.

The industry of design offers a variety of different stairs which can be made by wood material. The main idea is to produce something transparent, simple and functional that is easy to install. The stairs is produce as individual little stairs to the bottom from the top. All these pieces of stairs are similar. 

We believe that if we cut down a tree to turn it into something as a design, we have to honour that tree's life and make it as beautiful as you possibly can. This  is the combination of natural materials, transparent process, lightness, elegance and emotional design.

BALUSTRADE DESIGN

Publication On : The Trace The Evolution Of Staircase Design - Eestairs

November 01, 2015

Today a variety of different balustrade can be made with the process used for manufacturing. For this challenge, we explore possibility of metal strip. .Firstly we choose to create a process which is so easily adaptable, repeatable, efficient and available for mass customisation and consumption. The resulting balustrade is really interesting, elegant and beauty. From some angles they look quite nice and from others they appear slim. The designs are examples of metal strip manufacturing process.

The shape is inspired from Purist architecture with straight lines, lightness, softness and simplicity. There is a flat steel bar on top, left, right and bottom. The oblique straight lines are made by tensile cables or rods. These cables create visual effects and beautiful aesthetic with surrounding.