La­gos Wooden Tower


Sir David Ad­jaye, the Ghana­ian-bri­tish pow­er­house, may be the best-known African-born ar­chi­tect work­ing to­day. But a new gen­er­a­tion of prac­ti­tion­ers is hot on his heels. One of the most promis­ing is Her­mann Kamte, founder and CEO of HKA, based in Cameroon. Kamte has a pen­chant for large-scale tim­ber struc­tures: The tower pic­tured here – short­listed for a site in La­gos, Nige­ria – boasts an LVL frame en­shrouded by a vivid brise-soleil. Although it wasn’t ul­ti­mately picked, the build­ing marks the 26-year-old as an ar­chi­tect to watch, maybe even a pow­er­house-in-the-mak­ing. her­

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