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Location : Baia de Luanda, Angola
Dates : 2012 - Competition
Client : FiniCapital
Design team : Martin Duplantier Architects, MATAG Arquitectos & Associados
Mission : Design Conception
Built area : 16 517 sqm
Cost : 96 M€

Turning on itself, the building aims to regard all the extent of the city and the infinite ocean. Located on the north end of the new district of Ilha de Luanda, the Hotel Panorama was offered

an extremely privileged site. With both feet on the water, the building is able to offer panoramic views and, at the same time, it becomes a symbol of the city. See and be seen, as is his fate.

The panorama was not a concept, it was a gift of the site. The idea was to acknowledge

this gift and to take advantage of every aspect of it, like a photographer would.

We wanted to create some sort of a frame, because every panorama is enhanced by a frame. The curved shape was chosen so that each room would have a large viewing perspective, even larger the regular angle of sight.

Finally, the idea of seeing and being seen was translated into a concept for the interior space with the creation of a giant atrium on the heart of the 24-storey building, which refreshes and floods the areas of aquatic light.

In this 90-meter high hotel there aren’t two similar floor as each one of them is slightly rotated relatively to the other, creating fresh perspectives at every level and from every room.

The double facade consists of precast concrete elements stained with the earth Angola, the red ocher of Africa. Unlike all glass towers, this tower does not require cleaning untimely because it is one with the earth and the dust. The base is occupied by shops and restaurants, giving access to the large atrium. On the upper floors, a panoramic restaurant offers a breathtaking view. A swimming pool is built in transparency above the atrium, creating a fresh and almost aquatic atmosphere.

This building’s irregular silhouette gives makes it shine with novelty: this exquisite form associated with the red color of the Angolan earth transforms this architecture into a true icon of the skyline of Luanda.