The crowned winner of an international competition to imagine a gateway to the capital city of Nigeria this Ehrlich Architect design is meant to symbolize the weaving together of the country's many different people.
Also evoking the shape of the traditional Nigerian bow harp the design connects the new Abuja Airport to the city proper on the opposite side of the freeway and comes complete with green roofs, a giant solar canopy and bricks made from the local laterite clay.
The sweeping design brings together the city of Abjua's modern atmosphere with the cultural heritage of Nigeria as a whole. On one side of the gateway is a public space where the sweeping arm of the loom reaches toward the sky. Colorful flags are tied to the cables that hold up the suspension bridge over the freeway.
There is an amphitheater and public space with a photovoltaic canopy to provide power and shade visitors from the sun. A green roof covers nearby buildings making them melt into the surrounding greenery.
Abuja was built starting in the late 1980's to replace Nigeria's existing capital, Lagos, which was becoming overcrowded. It is a mostly modern city and houses the brand new Abuja Airport.
Steven Ehrlich is the architect behind the gateway design. He lived in Nigeria in the 1970's while working with the Peace Corps and to add to his personal experience he enlisted local firm Triad Associates to assist with the design of the gateway.