Skyscraper news is rare in Africa but groundwork has finally got underway on what will be West Africa's biggest development project. Named Eko Atlantic the project is located in Lagos, Nigeria and will be built on land currently being reclaimed from the sea.
The design for the project comes from the brightly coloured post it notes of Netherlands based architects Royal Haskoning in conjunction with AR+H Architects who have been put in charge of designing the financial district of the scheme.
The development area will cover over nine million square metres and will be sectioned into seven districts which will be home to over 3000 buildings many of which particularly in the financial district will be skyscrapers.
With the developers and designers of the project apparently relying on the sheer scale of the project to provide the wow factor, the designs for these towers so far seem to be based on fairly classic box like designs with fully glazed cladding added giving a modern sleek look to the project. Unusually for a project of this size there is no stand alone signature skyscraper, something which could been seen as a bit of a missed opportunity to really put the project of the global architectural radar.
The development is planned to have a population of 400,000 upon completion with a further 250,000 commuters. To help them get about there will be an eight-lane coastal highway running along the northern boundary of the project while an internal network of roads will connect all districts, along with a tramway system which will also circulate through the city allowing access to all areas including public transport on Victoria Island.
For those not in the mood for getting stuck in traffic there will also be twenty kilometres of internal waterway which will run ferries as well as connecting the planned marina to the site.
For fun residents wont be at a loss as there will be many public amenities made available such as parks, cinemas, plazas and landscaped walkways along with bars restaurants and shopping spaces to boot. Luxury hotels will also feature to draw in the tourists along with three marinas making use of the coastal location of the site.
With six years planned for the ground work alone, it will be a few years before this project begins to really make itself known on the skyline but with the huge amounts of mineral wealth Nigeria enjoys Lagos is bound to grow up like its middle eastern counterparts sooner or later.