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HKA | NEWS HKA NEWS Architecture We are a combination of artists and tacticians, imagining, coordinating, and creating livable places. Interior By designing a building from the inside-out as much as from the outside-in, we inculcate a sense of continuity and connection to the wider world. Research We believe in being well out front. Our team conducts and disseminates evidence-informed and comparative research worldwide, allowing us to create operationally efficient and effective architecture. Industrial team frequently works as an integral part of the overall studio, designing specific building elements. Environmental We design efficient building systems that reduce energy and water consumption, enhances user comfort and ensures indoor environmental quality Sustainability Acting as a catalyst for thought leadership at the practice, the Sustainability Group looks at ways to advance our sustainable design processes. Urban Design Designing at the urban scale is a complex undertaking, whether it involves a masterplan for a city, a regeneration scheme for a neighbourhood, or planning a new public transport system. Visualisation The Visualisation and Film group produces architectural visualisations, animations, motion graphics and films for the practice for use at concept stages, construction, marketing and final presentations. Consultancy International cooperation is the key to meeting global challenges. the Workplace Consultancy are dedicated to matching architectural and interior design with business objectives and changing needs of organisations. Model Making Assisting the teams throughout the design process, the modelmaking team creates everything from sketch models to large-scale building mock-ups Feasibility Feasibility studies are preliminary studies undertaken in the very early stage of a project and investigate and evaluate the potential of a site or a building and its overall condition and significance, as well as the constraints and opportunities. Virtual Reality We create world-class interactive digital experiences. From concept to completion and beyond, our team guides clients through the creative journey towards harnessing value from new technology platforms. BIM Services We adopt digital technologies to improve design decision making, communication of ideas, quality of information and reduce the risks to cost, time and quality of projects as well as environmental performance. 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 LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER IS FINALIST FOR THE WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2017 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. Thanks to follow us LIPS BENCH - HAPPY VALENTINE DAY Our Design Product To Share With Your Friends February 13, 2017 A special Gift for you 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 Thanks to follow us African Design Magazine 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. LONDON BAY Criticism - When The Critic Refuses Its Own Critic - A Folly For London- Garden Bridge September 21, 2015 In 2015, we have been participate to “a folly for London competition” a contest organised by A Folly For London; a platform for articles and public engagement regarding the issues underlying the proposed Garden Bridge in central London which launched with a free-to-enter and open-to-all satirical competition for architecture of the absurd.This means, the main goal of competition was essentially focus around criticism. And then the principal question was: “is London really needs the garden bridge proposed by Thomas Heatherwick considering the supposed cost of design, construction, maintenance?” or is this project absurd? At this time, the citric around the engagement of the city through this project was open. But, the result was, our project has been banished and removed to the entries by the organisers because “our critic was in favour of the new vision of London, the possibility of a city which evolves regardless money but focus on wellbeing of people. The garden bridge is one of the important solutions among the possible sustainable design for future of London”. PANDORA'S BOX PUBLISHED ON UNBELIEVABLE CHALLENGE BOOK Ruukki Logistic Centre At Oulu - Unbelievable Challenge June 25, 2015 Pandora's Box is interested in the problem of the ideal space favourable to the development of intellectual activity (creative world), Economic and Industrial (partners and clients). Pandora's Box is divided into several themes so three: Relationships between space, architecture and city: there must be a bridge between the architectural work and the city, taking into account the history because the project site is an area of high socio cultural influences social and professional. Relations between man, space and environment: It is appropriate to integrated into the project another connotation, it is not only to produce functional dimension, but it must produce life in the sense of ideal work space conviviality, dialogue between users and between users and the workspace. Relationships between architectural work and health of the planet: A special emphasis is integrated into the project on sustainable development "act locally to influence the global world." the current climate crisis encourages maximum use of passive energy to enhance the comfort of the living spaces. LUCY HOUSE Commisionned To Design A Tiny Home In Yaounde Cameroon August 14, 2015 Lucy is an open space where architecture, Human and nature communicate in perpetual motion, in a cycle, in a symbiosis. This communication is only possible when taking into account sensitive factors in the design of the project. We must study the life cycles of the project, the conditions of well-being of the occupant and the sensitivity degree of the site, the nature of the landscape. We just only design space but also its container. We have created this space by simulating a family of permanent residents and which can accommodate the visit. Needs were assessed through the daily routines activities (eat-sleep-work-relax-shower). To transform our site and highlight our project, we favoured some daily routines (sleep and relax); THE PYRAMID FOR THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE FICTION Proposal Of Pyramid - MOSF December 13, 2014 The project is located in the great city of Washington DC. Today, the influence of science fiction has revolutionized the arts, It is now part of a lifestyle. More than culture, science fiction has become a way of life. The project is inspired by the pyramids of Egypt, the guardian of the tradition of the Pharaohs and prestigious symbol of the history of mankind, More than a place of enjoyment, education for visitors, it provides brightly feelings and lively emotions. ASTEROIDEA - FLOATING CITY Preselected - Foundation Jacques Rougerie December 11, 2014 The man's action has continued to exert great pressure on nature. This action is more and more growing and is partly responsible for global warming. Possible melting polar ice caps, essential reserve of fresh water will have a major impact on the oceans level. This mounted estimated by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in the order of 20 to 90 cm for 2100. This crisis invites us to propose an alternative solutions for more than 9 billion human beings or in 2030, the potential climate refugees. Then, what sustainable and efficient solutions will we consider for the future? Asteroidea is an amphibian city to meet the Challenges of rising sea levels. Our Ecopolis, Hydropolis is the "optimal self-sufficient" in various everyday sectors (energy, food, economy, etc.). Aquatic city offers an alternative to climate refugees and preservation the environment. ELLIPSOID CONSERVATORY Shortlisted - David Salisbury Competition - The Future Of The Conservatory June 13, 2014 The conservatory is a concept of India and the Middle East arrived in Europe through multiple trips explorers in the late 18th century. Today, the conservatory has a very particular role in the lives of families across the world.The use of the conservatory has evolved significantly over time. Today the conservatory is considered: A full modern space for a house; A relaxation area, a reception area for visitors; A nice space to enjoy the summer sun and protected from the cold winter; Since his arrival in Europe, the design of the porch on the spatial dimension has not advanced as uses dedicated to this space. Here, When we look at the chronological evolution of the conservatory and various models designed and regularly known form (completed) for families, we question about his perception. What is the future of the conservatory for us, contemporary? The originality of our project is to revitalize the conceptual design of the conservatory: Ellipsoid conservatory. RIPPED BOX Finalist - DIA Summer Pavilion - N°370 May 14, 2014 Ripped box is inspired by the Rubik's Cube (game), geometric puzzle in three dimensions consists of small cubes. The ultimate purpose of Ripped box is to continue two major objectives, produce a new sensation around the eyes of visitors and approach another dimension of the gaze on the architectural composing of a work. Summer is a particularly exulting period during the year. This is the season with the longest and most beautiful day. Summer is the fruiting period for most plants and the holidays especially for people. It can therefore be seen as a metaphor for a prosperous period, Please reload
- Philosophy - HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates
HKA | PHILOSOPHY HKA PHILOSOPHY We Draw Inspiration from Nature We learn from the process, formations, structures, and natural life in the environment to inspire our design. Nature teaches us. There is more to architecture than the creation of beautiful forms, and it must involve all of our senses. The feeling of a soft breeze, the acoustics in a cave, or the ambiance of natural light through a tree canopy – these are elements we cannot draw, but try to involve in the experience of architecture. Invisible Architecture HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates aims to explore the boundaries of the perception of architecture. When does architecture best embody the qualities and virtues of nature? With a self-effacing hand, Hermann Kamte has demonstrated through his past projects how architecture based on an understanding of ambiance and the elements can expose nature to itself. The elements become the shapers and the protagonists of the built form, not the architecture itself. Architecture in Time HKA’s approach to architecture is also an embodiment of a shift in lifestyle. Based on an understanding of the life cycle of the spaces and the ever-changing use of space through time, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates’ architecture is designed to stand the test of time and to evolve with time. In the face of a changing industry, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates’ architecture highlights environmental initiatives and credentials that are becoming increasingly critical to the sustainability of the projects we undertake. Design for now. Design for later. Design with nature. Humanizing Architecture With tall buildings, people have the ambition to go higher and higher, but as you go vertical, a lot of issues some with it-the tall scale works in the context of the city but for human scale, sometimes it can just feel too tall. We want to humanize tall buildings, to celebrate the pedestrian level and consider how people experience it. Minimal Architecture HKA’s architecture showcases an intimate relationship between form and function. The design is purified to its essence and the architectural form speaks directly to the function of spaces in a programmatic sense. Simple lines and ambience materials form the palette for the interiors. With environmental design at the forefront of each design, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates seeks to engage in a dialogue between architectural form and context, an unrelenting attempt to understand how simple natural processes can inform architectural form. Game Changer Linking the loop; a milestone for Lagos Wooden Tower by MetsaGroup, proposal up in the air. Lifting the Game, Lagos Wooden Tower is about to change the skyline of Lagos, Nigeria.
- HKA | E-Canvas
E-CANVAS 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. WHAT ABOUT ANALYSIS? Smart study shows that the site is an unpredictable space. It seems at the same time insecure and calm. This hub present mainly damages and timeworn buildings probably because of maintenance lack or war. Several construction seems to be abandoned, but in real they don’t. DOES E-CANVAS PRESERVED THE HUB? E-CANVAS transform the hub without lost identity and integrity of people and their culture. It research to high light the characteristics of this quarter by multiplying experiment of a social gathering and green area. E-CANVAS don’t want to relocate but to preserve; don’t want to demolish but to build and add more. Each quarter or each city has its own cultural presence and the role of planners are not to destroy it, but to preserve it in spite of all. PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition TAW 2016 Hermann Kamte N/A Tirana, Albania 2016 Proposal First Prize PRESS & PUBLICATIONS Tirana Architecture Week 2016
- Practice - HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates
HKA | PRACTICE HKA PROCESS HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates is a global studio for sustainable architecture, engineering, urbanism, and industrial design, founded by Hermann Kamte in 2017. Since then, he, and the team around him, have established an international practice with a worldwide reputation. We work as a single studio that is both ethnically and culturally diverse. Our goal is to deliver inviting buildings that are a pleasure to work, live, learn, or play in. We contribute to the community through excellence in design and innovation. Each project we do has a unique story. We hope each captures the spirit of its client and community and enhances the wonder of living. A beautiful building falls short if it doesn’t also speak to us with meaning; if it doesn’t connect with a story; and if it doesn’t contribute to a positive experience. We believe that good buildings are good neighbors. That may mean they are modest and quiet, or it may mean they need to take a bold stance. As a good neighbor, they must understand how they influence others and how the size of their footprint impacts ecosystems and climate change as a whole. We have become internationally known for our leadership in building with advanced wood products and technologies, and we love to use these materials where appropriate; that said, we strive to choose systems and finishes for each project based on our clients’ needs. From our experience, we recognize that value and budgets go beyond the construction site and should be considered with respect to the overall operating costs. As designers, we are attentive to issues such as energy performance, durability, and overall maintenance; all issues that affect the true cost of the building. Through diversity we find wonder. From the diversity of our projects, clients, and staff we gather knowledge from one type of project and hand it to the next, avoiding cookie-cutter solutions. Our skylines should be diverse but complementary. We also believe in possibility. We thrive in the optimism that all projects, big and small, high-end, or very modest, can be exceptional if we do what we do best: dream big and walk with our clients on an inventive and ambitious path. HKA THINKING HKA is a Cameroonian based team of young designers and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design, product design, and research. Research is a key design driver for HKA. As designers, we are fortunate to experience the overall process, from the first conceptual phase to the completion of high-quality projects. 3D and parametric modeling tools are at the center of our design process, and we use them to quickly develop many design concepts to evaluate using simulation and testing software. Many of our projects involve complex geometry that is developed through bespoke-written algorithmic definitions and parametric scripts. A thorough process of experimentation with geometry, material choices, space layout, innovative building practices, contemporary theory, blockchain technology, and big data is conducted once a project direction has been established. Our practice has adopted BIM (Building Modelling Information) technology since its inception, embracing the benefits of early design integration, coordination, and collaboration with all members of the project team. Collaboration with clients, consultants, and suppliers is central to our working methodology and allows us to work at various scales, in several sectors, and with different disciplines. Early 3D design and validation are used to assist coordination and facilitate clash detection – identifying critical interface issues before construction, and minimizing the risks associated with the redesign and over-estimating cost. At HKA, BIM is a process, not just a model. From the earliest sketches, through to simulation and specifications, onto construction drawings and facility management, all parts of our integrated and collaborative design process is part of a cohesive workflow that brings together the best possible minds to solve complex problems. BIM makes coordination part of an integrated and collaborative design process that reduces clashes and prevents significant re-working. HKA’s BIM data provides a common platform on which designers and cost consultants work together to deliver project value. Merging cost data with continuously updated geometry in the BIM environment produces accurate cost models that give clients cost certainty. From the earliest stages of our projects, HKA uses climatic and contextual data to inform sustainable designs. We use BIM to evaluate design options and simulate building performance. HKA sets out to explore the extreme frontiers of domesticity in the age of network culture with the vision to create a decentralized architecture office and open industry platform. HKA APPROACH HKA is fundamentally driven to advance architectural agency: we believe Architecture should do things, not simply represent things. We emphasize performance, a hybrid of form and function calibrated to each client’s aspirations, and each project’s constraints. Unprejudiced by convention or a preconceived aesthetic strategy, we return to root problems and doggedly explore them with critical naiveté. Sometimes we discover uncharted territory; sometimes we rediscover forgotten territory that has renewed usefulness; sometimes we reaffirm conventions with assured conviction. Through this process, we expose solutions that transcend those we could have initially or individually imagined, and aspire to create radically functional designs whose specificity produces profoundly unique aesthetic experiences. We challenge and advance typologies. HKA feels it is time for Architecture to do things again, not just represent things. We design collaborations rather than dictate solutions. The proliferation of the “starchitecture” phenomenon reduces teams to individuals and their collaborative work to genius sketches. It diminishes the real teamwork that drives celebrated architecture. HKA believes architects should guide collaboration rather than impose solutions. We replace the traditional notion of authorship—“I created this building”—with “We nurtured this process.” We embrace responsibility in order to implement a vision. The implementation of good ideas demands as much, if not more, creativity than their conceptualization. Increasingly reluctant to assume liability, architects have retreated from the accountability (and productivity) of Master Builders to the safety (and impotence) of stylists. To execute the vision and retain the insight that facilitates architectural invention, HKA re-engages responsibility. Processes, including contractual relationships and procurement strategies, are tools with which we design. We side with neither form nor function. HKAbelieves that the struggle between form and function is superficial and unproductive. By emphasizing performance instead—a hybrid of form and function calibrated to each client’s aspirations and each project’s constraints—we free architecture from the tired debate over whether it is an art or a tool. Art performs; tools perform. We don’t rush to architectural conclusions. The largest obstacle facing clients and architects is their failure to speak a common language. By taking adequate time to think with our clients before commencing the traditional design process, we provide solutions to greater clarity and quality. With our clients, we identify the core questions they face and establish shared positions from which we collectively evaluate the architectural proposals that follow. We reach for the unexpected by exposing root problems. We don’t innovate for innovation’s sake. Nor do we accept predigested solutions. We return to root problems and doggedly explore them with critical naiveté. Unprejudiced by convention, we expose solutions that transcend those we could have initially or individually imagined. Sometimes we discover uncharted territory; sometimes we rediscover forgotten territory that has renewed usefulness; sometimes we reaffirm conventions with assured conviction. We view constraints as opportunities. Engaged intelligently, project challenges such as site conditions, budgets, schedules, codes, and politics are opportunities that catalyze the most innovative solutions. Architectural concepts that capitalize on our clients’ constraints will surpass any vision that resists intractable realities. We produce specific designs that are highly effective, not universals diluted in an application. We advance new strategies for flexibility. Despite an increased need to accommodate change, the contemporary design still relies on an antiquated version of flexibility: one size fits all. The promise of a blank slate upon which any activity can occur has produced sterile, unresponsive architecture. HKA advocates discretizing activities and addressing the possible evolutions of each on its own terms. With this strategy, one activity can evolve without sacrificing another, and collisions between activities unleash surprising potentials. We love the banal. HKA dares to be dumb.
- HKA | Lagos's Wooden Tower
LAGOS'S WOODEN TOWER 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. Lagos’s tower rises above the town and follow the sky and search to cross the limit of wooden construction. The new landmark is composed of mixed residential type used; it is built on the roof of Abebe Court, a housing estate. The envelope high lights Yoruba culture with their massive presence in the heart of Lagos. Inspiration comes from the history of Edo, Yoruba and Hausa people. Lagos is the oldest site of Benin Empire and it is awesome to see that there is always a traditional hierarchy in this modern city. Obe yet symbolises the king of the man, the king of Lagos state. This tower is influenced by the contest ‘they don’t fuck it’, but it wants to be integrated into the city life. The entire structure is built by using resistance of LVL wood system. This experimental smart tall building is developed through natural, recyclable and local material. the design improved lifestyle. It is Marketable, serviceable, economical, sustainable, environmental, Ecological and Social. PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition Metsä Wood Hermann Kamte N/A Lagos, Nigeria 2016 Proposal Shortlisted PRESS & PUBLICATIONS Livin Spaces DesignBoom Metsä Wood CTBUH Global News Techitt Future Architecture Platform Architizer Social Media Feed Divisare Archello 88DesignBox Indian Art n Design Buro247 Archcy AASArchitecture WoodCn BOOKS African Design Magazine
- HKA | Arts, Furnitures & Designs
LIPS BENCH Bench Design Product Indoor / Outdoor Furnitures Admonter Challenge 2016 HOT TO COLD Experimental Pavilion Winter Station Toronto, Canada 2016 BALTIC HOME Public Transport Stop Bus Waiting Sation St Petersburg, Russia 2016 PLUGIN MUTATION Beach Temporary Pavilion Winter Station Toronto, Canada 2016 GROWING UP - FLORIM Florim Pavilion Wood Temporary Structure Milan, Italia 2016 STAIRS Design Stairs Series Trace the Evolution of Staircase Design Eestairs Challenge 2016 BALUSTRADES Design Ballustrades Series Trace the Evolution of Staircase Design Eestairs Challenge 2016 MTSP (Mother Theresa Square Pavilion) Cardboard Pavilion Tirana Design Week Tirana, Albania 2015 @-CONNECT Design Touch Screen Communicating FutureBuilt Oslo, Norway 2015 EQUILIBRIUM Criticism Social Balance - Think Public Space Zabreb, Croatia 2015 ELLIPSOÏD CONSERVATORY Re-Invented The Modern Conservatory David Salysbury Challenge - Shortlisted London, UK 2014 RIPPED BOX Wooden Temporary Structure DIA Summer Pavilion - Finalist Dessau, Germany 2014
- HKA | Museum Of Capitalism
MUSEUM OF CAPITALISM In this design, We propose to highly conceptual and speculative aspect of capitalism The museum is the book of poetry in two ways; one as the written part of book (the proposal) which represents the concept and philosophy of capitalism: something we can’t see with our eyes. The second way is visual part (physical book), this explains clearly what I mean, when I talk about “EXPERIMENTAL: Preview Museum Of Capitalism”. The structure is an idea, a way to see the futuristic museum. The whole design is the big idea, there is not final location site and architectural program, but there is a big idea “how will you design the future museum of capitalism? How do you visualize it, in your mind, in a real space “Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned…” — Ayn Rand PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition Museum Of Capitalism Hermann Kamte N/A New York, USA 2016 Proposal N/A PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
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HKA | INSPIRATIONS HKA INSPIRATIONS Architecture We are a combination of artists and tacticians, imagining, coordinating, and creating livable places. Interior By designing a building from the inside-out as much as from the outside-in, we inculcate a sense of continuity and connection to the wider world. Research We believe in being well out front. Our team conducts and disseminates evidence-informed and comparative research worldwide, allowing us to create operationally efficient and effective architecture. Industrial team frequently works as an integral part of the overall studio, designing specific building elements. Environmental We design efficient building systems that reduce energy and water consumption, enhances user comfort and ensures indoor environmental quality Sustainability Acting as a catalyst for thought leadership at the practice, the Sustainability Group looks at ways to advance our sustainable design processes. Urban Design Designing at the urban scale is a complex undertaking, whether it involves a masterplan for a city, a regeneration scheme for a neighbourhood, or planning a new public transport system. Visualisation The Visualisation and Film group produces architectural visualisations, animations, motion graphics and films for the practice for use at concept stages, construction, marketing and final presentations. Consultancy International cooperation is the key to meeting global challenges. the Workplace Consultancy are dedicated to matching architectural and interior design with business objectives and changing needs of organisations. Model Making Assisting the teams throughout the design process, the modelmaking team creates everything from sketch models to large-scale building mock-ups Feasibility Feasibility studies are preliminary studies undertaken in the very early stage of a project and investigate and evaluate the potential of a site or a building and its overall condition and significance, as well as the constraints and opportunities. Virtual Reality We create world-class interactive digital experiences. From concept to completion and beyond, our team guides clients through the creative journey towards harnessing value from new technology platforms. BIM Services We adopt digital technologies to improve design decision making, communication of ideas, quality of information and reduce the risks to cost, time and quality of projects as well as environmental performance.