Sipopo congress centre, Malabo Equitorial Gunniea

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Sipopo Congress Center Equatorial Guinea, Malabo Building,

Equatorial Guinea Building: African Conference Centre – design by Tabanlioglu Architects

Design: Tabanlioglu ArchitectsLocation: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa


In the Capital city Malabo of Equatorial Guinea, the SIPOPO Congress Center is situated by the ocean and surrounded by the woods.The rectangular two-storey block is nested in a semi-transparent metal envelop as a shield protecting from strong lights and create an implication of security, protecting the interiors from sharp sun beams yet benefiting the daylight at optimum.


The lacy texture of the mesh grants a shady interior without hindering the accent of transparency. The glass wall systems allow for the maximum viewing area with no horizontal or vertical mullions to obstruct the vision towards the ocean. Incise patterns permit controlled daylight to diffuse into the building interior and at night, when lobbies and the restaurant are lighted, the oozing beams through the slits communicate with the spirits of the forest and ocean.

The restaurant, overlooking the bay, is also located at the first floor flanked by the foyer at two intersecting sides. Use of Natural materials like timber, natural stone and glass is preferred. The three-dimensional walls of each space is uniquely designed with reference to local sources. Starting with the design of special walls, the acoustic concerns are supported by architecture, as well as the quality of technical equipment. The transparent connection bridge links the new building to the existing one in the texture of the natural environment.

(Photo’s & Text courtesy of E-Architect)

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