New York Firm Comes Full Circle with African Conference Center:

New York Firm Comes Full Circle with African Conference Center:

When they founded Work Architecture Company (WORKac), in an apartment facing a brick wall in 2003, Dan Wood and Amale Andraos had two jobs lined up: a bathroom renovation and a doghouse. A decade later, the firm is immersed in what looks like a dream commission: a huge circular conference center in which the government of Gabon—led by President Ali Bongo Ondimba—will host the next Summit of the African Union. Slide Show Image courtesy WORKac Auditoriums, conference spaces, and dining facilities are organized around three garden courtyards, which are linked by an interior promenade. The angled roof collects rainwater that is then recycled for use in the building. ----- Advertising ----- The 213,000-square-foot building, dubbed L’Assemblée Radieuse, is as formally complex as anything by OMA, where both Wood and Andraos, who are married, worked before starting their New York–...

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