Université FASEG, Benin,

FASEG University

An architectural and landscaping study for the renovation of the currently abandoned former British American Tobacco Plant, to house the FASEG University. Located in Ouidah, 40km from Cotonou, the site consists of several buildings that will be renovated and raised to accommodate new uses, and complemented by new buildings.

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Université FASEG, Benin, aerial view

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Type of project Renovation
Programme Facilities
Contracting authority Ministry of Education
Architects Arte Charpentier, Triumphus

Location Ouidah
Studies 2018-2019
Surface area 20 000 m²
Environmental approach HQE

 

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20 000
16,000 students 8 amphitheatres for 500 to 1000 people, 1 library of 4,000 m², 1 food court

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This former tobacco plant is a strong marker of the city's history. The renovated buildings are already well-known by all. Preserving them was a prerequisite, especially since they offered volumes that were adapted to the new project, as well as enabling financial savings through the reuse of materials.

Sylvain Van Rechem, architect / Arte Charpentier

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FASEG University Benin, - 2018-2019

Concept

Benin’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research wishes to establish the FASEG University in Ouidah, 40 km from Cotonou, on the site of the former British American Tobacco Plant.

Currently decommissioned, the site is composed of several buildings that will be renovated and raised to accommodate the new uses required by the University: a block for student pedagogy, a block for teachers’ pedagogy, a block for doctoral-masters students, an administrative block, and a research centre.

These buildings will be complemented by new constructions with a prismatic composition of volumes, enabling us to meet the characteristics of the most specific programmes:
– 4 amphitheatres for 1000 people,
– 4 amphitheatres for 500 people,
– 1 library of 4000 m²,
– 1 food court,
– 1 infirmary.

The space between existing buildings and new constructions will be landscaped as a green lung for the plot. A real garden with trees, this central element offers shaded outdoor spaces for work or relaxation. The trees provide a plant horizon view from the classrooms.

The FASEG University project is part of a High Environmental Quality approach. Buildings will therefore have natural lighting and ventilation, except for the amphitheatres, which require specific acoustic treatment. Existing buildings will be upgraded by an intervention to address bioclimatic issues and changes in use. The existing rooves will be dismantled and the building volume will be raised to create an intermediate floor. A skeleton filler will support an “origami” roof that meets the need for ventilation whilst providing a resolutely contemporary expression for the renovated buildings.

Team

Contracting authority
– Contracting authority: Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique
– Delegated contracting authority: ACISE

Project Management
– Architect: Arte Charpentier (Nalha Jajo-LegrandSylvain Van RechemGuillaume Delfesc)
– Partner architect: Agence Triumphus
– Landscaper: Arte Charpentier (Nathalie LeroyMathilde Charee)

Specificities
– Address: Ouidah, Benin
– Surface area: 20 000 m²

Image credits: DR Arte Charpentier Architectes

Informations

Type of project Renovation
Programme Facilities
Contracting authority Ministry of Education
Architects Arte Charpentier, Triumphus

Location Ouidah
Studies 2018-2019
Surface area 20 000 m²
Environmental approach HQE

 

FASEG University

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