Selçuk Avcı | impressions

Avcı Architects

World Architecture Festival 2018 | Prominent features of the project

We participated in WAF with the hotel of the congress center we built in Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the project has been shortlisted in the category of “Hotel and Leisure”. The main content of the project is a congress center, but 200-bedroom hotel project we built in connection with the congress center has been selected. The interesting part of the project is that it functions both as an African Union Congress Center and a resort hotel.

This hotel will also host the presidents and prime ministers of Africa who will attend to the congresses. It has a banquet hall with a capacity of 1000 people and 4 presidential suites. Next to it, there is a congress hall for 500 people and different public spaces separated by courtyards. The most important of these is a meeting hall where presidents gather, a meeting room in a circular format. It is a space that enables around 70 presidents gathering together to discuss the decisions they have taken for Africa. This also connects directly to the hotel. The banquet hall inside the hotel serves the presidents, the entourage of the presidents staying in the same hotel and this complex works as a whole throughout the congress. At times other than congress, the hotel serves as a resort. If you want to have a holiday or to stay in Brazzaville, it serves the city as a qualified hotel which is relatively close to the city even though it is a bit out of town. I think working as a hotel that serves public use is making this project interesting.

At times other than congress, the hotel serves as a resort. If you want to have a holiday or to stay in Brazzaville, it serves the city as a qualified hotel which is relatively close to the city even though it is a bit out of town. I think working as a hotel that serves public use is making this project interesting.

Impressions

The most interesting side of the project for the jury is how this hotel can be built with this quality and features in this geography. We explained that this building had been financially supported by Turkey and many of the building materials also came from Turkey. They found this very interesting. They also asked how the project were related with climate conditions in this region and their cultural sides. Regardless of the final result, we are delighted to be involved in this event and coming together with other high quality projects.

We attended to WAF for the first time and discovered what kind of event it is. For me, there is a very instructive aspect that makes it similar to Venice Biennale. Because, the projects from all around the world realized by qualified architects and employers are coming together in a concentrated way and we are learning and experiencing a lot of things. This is a process that nourishes us. At the same time, there is an exchange of ideas with architects from all over the world, and this is quite beneficial. I hope we will participate in the future again, if we could execute a suitable project for that. Actually, we have been working on a couple of projects in Niger and Benin. I think we will be presenting them to WAF next time.