ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, 25 February 2019,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Short-listed in the Sport-Completed building category, the “GYMNASE DU LYCEE BLAISE PASCAL» project by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes was awarded the World Architecture Festival 2018 prize for best building.

For this edition, held last November in Amsterdam, the Ivorian firm was in competition with 10 finalists selected from more than one hundred projects of international stature. Judges defined the gymnasium project by Koffi & Diabaté as “an exemplary, ethical and beautifully realized project, perfectly balancing tectonic and environmental design with astonishingly mature spatial and formal control.”


As part of an approach of sustainability, the Blaise Pascal Secondary School Gymnasium (registered under its French name : Gymnase du Lycée Blaise Pascal) in Abidjan raises the standard with a gym in an environment where design methods are too often modeled on those of temperate zones. The building is open, alive and conducive to sporting practices for 1500 Secondary School students, while focusing on certain energy saving practices, through the use of passive solutions.
Playing with the slope of the ground, the gymnasium implants itself in declination of the existing classrooms. Entirely made of raw concrete, the structure of the building displays a contemporary approach with geometric lines.
To soften the materiality of the concrete structure, the visual signature of the building is marked by a sheet metal skin that makes sense in the tropical context at high temperatures and humidity. Transparency is induced by the perforated sheet allowing ventilation and natural lighting into the entire all-sports hall.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Koffi & Diabaté Architectes.About Koffi & Diabaté Architectes Created in 2001, the Koffi & Diabaté Architectes office is structured around its two partners and a team of 50 people who strongly believe that the notions of sharing and exchanging are the foundation to open-mindedness. The office works on a wide range of projects, from residences to corporate offices, housing estates and real estate programs, in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa. The partners’ goal is to build modern, quality buildings, all the while taking into account their clients’ lifestyle and cultural identity. Media Contact: Marilyne SINAMA / Anna DJIGOCommunications Departmentmsi@koffi-diabate.com  / ad@koffi-diabate.com

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