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Stunning Solar Powered Gateway Unveiled for Nigerian Capital

Posted By Brit Liggett On March 26, 2010 @ 12:10 pm In Architecture,Environment,Solar Power | 2 Comments

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This stunning solar powered gateway [1] will soon welcome visitors and residents to Abuja, Nigeria. Evoking the shape of the traditional Nigerian bow harp, the design [2] connects the new Abuja Airport to the city proper on the opposite side of the freeway [3] and comes complete with green roofs [4], a giant solar canopy [5] and bricks made from the local laterite clay. Conceived by Ehrlich Architects [6], the design was recently crowned winner of an international competition to create a gateway for the capital city.

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Dubbed the “living loom”, Ehrlich Architect [6]‘s design symbolizes the weaving together of the country’s many different people. The sweeping gateway [8] 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 [9] where the arm of the loom reaches toward the sky. Colorful flags are tied to the cables that hold up the suspension bridge [10] over the freeway. The plan also features 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 [11].

Abuja was built starting in the late 1980’s to replace Nigeria’s existing capital, Lagos, which was becoming overcrowded. It is a city with a modern history and is home the brand new Abuja Airport. Steven Ehrlich worked with local firm Triad Associates to design the new project. Bringing together the shapes of the past [12] and the technology of the future [13] this gateway will surely offer an impressive “hello.”

+ Ehrlich Architects [14]

Via The Architect’s Newspaper [15]

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URLs in this post:

[1] gateway: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/21/21st-century-rail-station-for-orange-county/

[2] design: http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture/

[3] the freeway: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/02/envisioning-green-transportation-solutions-for-the-freeway-city/

[4] green roofs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/19/jordans-energy-efficient-queen-alia-airport-by-foster-partners/

[5] solar canopy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/18/serpentine-solar-roof-rises-over-perugia-italy/

[6] Ehrlich Architects: http://www.s-ehrlich.com/#/work/CIVIC/NEW-ABUJA-CITY-GATE/0

[7] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/26/stunning-solar-powered-gateway-unveiled-for-nigerian-capital/abjuga-gate-5/

[8] sweeping gateway: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/24/jean-nouvel-unveils-sustainably-designed-national-museum-of-qatar/

[9] public space: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/18/greenest-library-in-new-york-opens-today/

[10] suspension bridge: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/17/gorgeous-tubular-lattice-bridge-rises-in-la-roche-sur-yon-france/

[11] surrounding greenery: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/26/future-artificial-leaves-may-create-hydrogen-fuel-from-sunlight-and-water/

[12] shapes of the past: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/22/seoul-recovers-a-lost-stream-transforms-it-into-an-urban-park/

[13] technology of the future: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[14] + Ehrlich Architects: http://www.s-ehrlich.com/#

[15] The Architect’s Newspaper: http://archpaper.com/e-board_rev.asp?News_ID=4366

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