RHV Tower, Dakar
Our project consists of an office building that will provide users with workspaces that are comfortable and full of light, looking out over the city. But it also constitutes a new urban landmark, symbolising both modernity and respect for the environment. The choice of height (110m) replies to a double objective: stretching the tower upwards gives the office spaces the ideal depth for natural light and distant views over the peninsula and the ocean. It also means that the building is visible from the coast road, the plateau above the city and the port. Numerous buildings make up today's Dakar skyline (BCEAL, Fahd, Faycal, Kébé, Peytavin, Hôtel Indépendance ...), mostly dating from the 1960s and '70s. It seemed pertinant to us that a skyscraper, contemporary and emblematic, should join this architectural panorama as a symbol of the urban and economic renewal of the capital.
The facades, sealed by floor-height aluminium frames, are protected from sunlight by deep concrete panels interspaced every 1,2 m. The shade provided by these panels enabled us to avoid the use of air-conditioning, which is both costly and pollutant. This system makes it possible to use clear glazing for greater transparency, maximising views over the landscape of the peninsula and the ocean, which are framed horizontally.