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Commerical Projects

Headquarters Proposal
Abuja, Nigeria
Public New Build
Construction cost: -
Client: Nigerian Defence Agency

dblo associates were invited to produce design proposals for a new
Nigerian Defence Headquarters building as part of a larger military base
in Asokoro, Abuja. The building would provide over 120,000sqft of office, auditorium and exhibition space. Offices spaces include principle staff suites, cellular, open plan, operations and archive rooms. Tiered security, designed into
the building, allows for controlled visitor access to the auditorium and
exhibition spaces.


The building’s overall design concept was of a defensive fortress or
castle with layers of access provision, an internal courtyard and solid
stone external walls with minimal window openings.


Environmental measures have been considered to keep mechanical
services to a minimum. The deep reveal external walls, for increased
thermal mass and thus environmental control, provide solar shading for
windows, as do the concrete floors. A mixed ventilation system, powered
by solar panels on the roof, and natural stack effect limit total reliance on
air conditioning or comfort cooling systems.