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  • Privacy Policy - HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates

    HKA | PRIVACY POLICY ​ HKA PRIVACY POLICY ​ This policy explains how we handle information about your visit to our website. This statement does not address the privacy practices of any websites that link to or from our site. Please consult the privacy practices of these companies before submitting any data to them. ​ Information Collected and Stored Automatically If you browse through our website, read pages or download the information you may be permitted to download under our , we will use cookies—small text files stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes—to automatically gather and store certain anonymous information about your visit, which helps us make our website more useful to visitors. Cookies never include personal information such as a visitor’s name, mailing address, or phone number. We do not collect that information in any other way (except if you apply for employment or send us an email), and visitors cannot provide personal information through normal movement across this website. Legal Notices ​ Information we automatically collect and store about your visit may include some or all of the following: ​ . The anonymous IP address, which is a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web . The type of browser and operating system used to access our site . The country which you indicate as your location . The date and time you access our site . The pages you visit . The address (URL) of the website from which you linked to our site ​ If You Complete an Online Application for Employment with Us If you choose to fill out an employment application on-line, we will require that you provide certain Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including your name, address, phone number, and/or email address. We will also ask you to provide information necessary to process and evaluate your application and to contact you. ​ If You Send Us an Email If you choose to provide us with personal information in an email or in an attachment to an email (such as a resume), we will use that information to respond to your message and to evaluate your candidacy if you are applying for a job with us. We will treat your emails the same way we treat resumes and other letters sent to us via traditional mail. We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than responding to you. We collect PII (name, email address, social security number, or another unique identifier) only if specifically and knowingly provided by you. We do not combine the information you provide to us by email with any of your browsing activities. ​ Information Sharing and Disclosure We do not collect or use any of your information for commercial marketing. We do not share PII with third parties. ​ Legal Disclaimer – Exceptions We reserve the right to disclose your PII (however provided by you or collected by us) as required by law, and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website. ​ Changes in this Privacy Statement We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time. If we make material changes to this policy, we will update this statement accordingly. It is your responsibility to review our Privacy Policy periodically so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances if any, we disclose it. ​ Contact Us If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the privacy or security of our website, please contact us at . info@hermann-kamte.com ​ Acceptance of These Terms By visiting or using hermann-kamte.com , you are accepting the terms of this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to the terms of this policy, please do not use any area of our website. ​ DOWNLOAD PRIVACY POLICY IN PDF ​ LEGAL NOTICE PRIVACY POLICY GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS ​

  • 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 | Native Skyscraper

    NATIVE SKYSCRAPER Design the city is a great complexity. This is a time when architecture is facing several challenges like sustainable and smart cities. Today, office buildings occupy a very high percentage of space after residential homes. They also need too much energy and then what will be the future of the planet. How the futuristic cities will look for? How to design them? ​ In 2050 we will be about 11 billion including 7 billion in the urban area. These people will make significant pressure on the town and resources. Skyscrapers will be smart, they will both respond to spatial, energy, environmental, ecological and bioclimatic demand. It will contain urban growth while reducing their ecological footprints. ​ The Cameroon is a first step test country. From tropical Africa with the second-largest forest wealth of the continent there are 300 species estimated at 22 million hectares. ​ Native Skyscraper is built with experimental wooden structure. It is inspired by elements of traditional (Africa) and biomimicry architecture. It has a dynamic shape and seems like a Baobab. Project emphasises benefits of wood. The design comes from the history of the site. Art, sculpture and local culture is symbolised by the ovoid and amorphous structures. This site is the old city core. Biomimicry inspiration is the ‘Baobab: Tree of Africa’ which want to imitate nature. By its unique look, there are only 9 species of baobab tree on the planet. As a symbol, Baobab is Africa. ​ Wood is the fingerprint of Mother Nature in our buildings, this fingerprint connects us to nature in our artificial environment. There are no two identical pieces of wood in this Earth and it is wonderful. ​ The structural feasibility and sustainability are based on usage of wood. The natural wood transformed in glulam beams is very resistant to fire and allows crossing very far-reaching. In addition, the flexibility of these materials enables us several options profiles for the beams and columns. The columns are made of wood; beams are made of steel and concrete. ​ The dynamic shape of our project allows great flexibility of spaces. Any specific areas of the project outside the core are unique in terms of aesthetics and comfort. All inflexible components are included in the core and the rest of space is a privileged user experience. The floors with the same function as Sky gardens show the nature and horizon in several visual and sensible plans. ​ Sky gardens allow a supplement indoor comfort space and contribute in social interaction between users. They also help to create a connection with the city. Sky garden give a new face to the historic Centre dominated by the cubical building. Green walls incorporated into the interior space improve the microclimate. ​ . Finally, sustainability also includes sensation of comfort and well-being by users. ​ PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition ITAD 2015 Hermann Kamte N/A Yaounde, Cameroon 2015 Proposal N/A PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

  • 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 | Plugin Mutation

    PLUGIN MUTATION The Waffle is inspired by the structure of Water Wave and the wind flow. It wants to capture a moment of our natural environment. By this proposal, we have painted a special moment of our nature; we captured an energy flow, water dynamics. Water is life and wind to maintain it by its flow. ​ The main idea is to demonstrate to visitors how a single space can be transformed for several usages (to circulate, to stay, to relax, to sun protection, etc.). This is an ergonomic measure and a transformation that matters for people. The project is an object, a sculpture, an art and a powerful expression of architecture. The wooden waffle Structure uses a combination of CNC machinery and traditional woodworking techniques. The project is bending to be ephemeral and wood is easy recyclable, less expensive, flexible and malleable as material. ​ Wood offers derive of several products in the construction field. That is why plywood has been easily choose. ​ PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition Roland Rom Colthoff Hermann Kamte N/A Toronto, Canada 2016 Proposal N/A PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

  • HKA | Bicycle Studio

    BiCyCLE STUDIO project is located in Cameroon, in a peripherals cities of Yaounde: Mbalmayo. ​ Cameroon is a country of Tropical Africa (rich in natural resources including wood., It has the second largest forest reserve in Africa. With about 22 million hectares of forest, Cameroon counts 300 species of trees, ​ The project is inspired by the traditional bicycle. It is a model of reducing pollution: sustainable, efficient for our living space (Earth), favorable to environmental issues and energy transition. ​ Bicycle studio is a prototype, a model of design that puts forward the use of wood in construction. It must adapt to the climatic conditions of the tropics and be now financially within reach of all, if not the large number of people. So its lightness and adaptability makes it a solution perfectly applicable to the countries that have a large access to wood and accessible to others countries. ​ The main goals are: encourage the use of wood by people in construction; provide a sustainable, effective and simple solution by its implementation; propose a project that is both flexible and favorable for environmental and energy transition. ​ ​ PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Research N/A Hermann Kamte N/A Mbalmayo, Cameroon 2012 Proposal N/A PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

  • HKA | Equilibrium

    EQUILIBRIUM Firstly, equilibrium is a design to resolve a social crisis by discussion. For this challenge we decided to choose our intervention area on Zagreb as European city. At Zagreb, we choose an area which can be qualified as the point of convergence; they called it THE HEART OF ZAGREB. This place has a particular connection which each important component in this city. ​ "STJEPANA RADICA" is border by, cultural building, government building, mayor office, municipal courthouse, banks, parks and housing. It appear as subtle space which can produce a really connection between people around the same action. But may also be an attractive space or reference point of this city. ​ By "equilibrium" we change the vision of people about space. This is an open space for discussion about all topics with different actors to resolve social crisis of our century: the inequality distribution of global wealth. This crisis is origin of several failures in a society; Unemployment, poverty, malnutrition, famine etc. It's like an agora of ancient Greece (the birthplace of western culture and democracy). It provides an exchange area to dialogue between all actors of society. Equilibrium also means balance, parity, equality, regularity. It comes to create Equality between people vitality, political actors, economical actors and ecological or environmental sustainability. ​ The project is based on circle for product a circular area to maintain the connection of people around the subjects Trough communication methods "Open Space Technology". ​ PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition Think Space Hermann Kamte N/A Zabreb, Croatia 2015 Proposal N/A PRESS & PUBLICATIONS Think Public Space

  • HKA | Asteroidea - Floating City

    ASTEROIDEA - FLOATING CITY 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. Firstly, It is important to think about an adaptation strategy and sustainable solutions around this environmental crisis and this climate exodus. Then, what sustainable and efficient solutions will we consider for the future? Asteroidea is an amphibian city that can accommodate up to 50,000 inhabitants 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. Asteroidea is inspired both by morphology, the symbolic and the lifestyle of five arms starfish. The city trips by floating on the "sixth continent": the world ocean. It creates an environment that enlarges the ecological qualities by offering recycling systems and efficient waste treatment. Asteroidea carries the hope for the future of humanity. ​ PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition Jacque Rougerie Foundation Hermann Kamte N/A World Ocean 2014 Proposal Preselected PRESS & PUBLICATIONS Jacques Rougerie Foundation Architizer ​ ​

  • HKA | London Bay

    LONDON BAY When the critic refuses its own critic ​ 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” ​ Now let’s talk about the Mixed-Use Complex we proposed for London on the site competition. London Bay is a multifunctional Mixed-used Complex including a commercial and leisure facilities. The design on the Thames riverbanks wants to improve the quality of lives of the people and promoting social and environmental integration. Indeed, the idea of the transformation of a public garden space into a commercial and leisure centre is represented as the real difficulty of our design. How can we integrate people with the new piece of architecture? First, it is necessary to understand the ancient heart throughout its history then understand his connections with people. The centre consists of a retail area, leisure centre, and indoor restaurant and finally a water park and relaxation open to the public. The experience of a leisure centre and relaxing on the Thames River is also a major tourist asset for the city. From our aquatic centre, we can admire the London landscape. A bioclimatic process and assets like greenery, recycled and sustainable materials as wood comes to recreate the natural environment of a garden and reduce the environmental footprint of the project. ​ PROJECT INFO Type: Client: Team: Size: Location: Year: Status: Awards: Competition A Folly For London Hermann Kamte N/A London, UK 2015 Proposal - Criticism N/A PRESS & PUBLICATIONS AASArchitecture ​