Atelier Masomi has designed a cluster of five raw-earth buildings that will become the Niamey Cultural Center in the capital of Niger.

The group of buildings in the capital of the west African country will contain a performance auditorium, gallery, cafe and community facilities and a library, which will be the first municipal library built in the city since the country’s independence.



The arts centre and library will be built alongside a valley, which is a natural barrier that before independence split the city in two, with the French largely living on one side and the indigenous Africans on the other.

Atelier Masomi hopes that the cultural centre will help tie the two sides of the city together.

“Today the valley still represents a barrier between the haves and the have-nots, evident in the noticeable way in which the fabric of the city changes when one crosses from one side to the other,” explained the studio, which is led by Mariam Kamara.

“After colonization, a scholar and founding leader of the newly created Nigerien state, Boubou Hama, proposed using the valley as a site for various cultural projects, effectively transforming it from a divisive symbol to a place where people from all walks of life would come together.”



由瑪麗亞姆(Mariam)領導的工作室解釋說:“如今,山谷仍然是有與無之間的障礙,顯而易見的是,當人們從一側穿越到另一側時,城市的結構就會發生明顯變化。” 卡馬拉

“在殖民之後,新成立的尼日爾邦邦布哈馬的學者和創始領導人提議將該山谷用作各種文化項目的場所,有效地將其從分裂的符號轉變成一個各行各業的人們聚集的地方 一起。”

The cultural centre will consist of five buildings in total, four of which will have distinctive semi-circular towers.

Each of the towers will mark the entrance to the buildings and will partially enclose an outdoor courtyard space to create a series of connected passages and open spaces.



“The project is designed for the exterior spaces to be as important as the enclosed program with pedestrian paths and gathering spaces breaking what would have been a massive building into smaller structures,” said the studio.


The towers enclose and shelter the external spaces, but also are part of the stack-ventilation system that cools the indoor spaces.

This is part of the environmental strategy for the building, which also included rainwater harvesting from its roofs. The buildings would be built from raw-earth bricks, which are a local material in Niger.

“Its colour and texture make the buildings seem to grow from the ground, an icon for the city in its monumentality, but familiar in maintaining the same relationship to the earth as the architecture of the region has had for centuries,” said the studio.


這是該建築環境策略的一部分,其中還包括從屋頂收集雨水。 這些建築物將由土磚建造,這是尼日爾當地的原材料。


Atelier Masomi is an architecture studio based in Niamey led by Kamara. Also in Niger, it has previously converted a former mosque into a library and community centre and built a regional market in village of Dandaji.

Kamara is currently being mentored by architect David Adjaye, who has advised on the cultural centre, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative.

“David looks at architecture through the lens of geography, through the lens of climate rather than as a ‘national architecture’,” said Kamara.

“Climate shapes how you build things, how you form them, how they perform. He always thinks about the context… and then makes a piece of architecture that directly responds to that. This too has been my process from the start of my career.”

Masomi工作室是由Kamara領導的位於尼亞美的建築工作室。 同樣在尼日爾,它先前將一座前清真寺改建成圖書館和社區中心,並在丹達吉村建立了區域市場。

勞力士導師和Protege Arts Initiative計劃的一部分,由建築師David Adjaye指導。


“氣候影響著您如何構建事物,如何形成事物,如何發揮作用。他總是思考環境……然後做出可以直接對此做出響應的架構。從職業生涯開始,這也是我的過程。 ”



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