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 projectRenovation
    ProgrammeFacilities
    Contracting authorityMinistry of Education
    ArchitectsArte Charpentier, Triumphus

    LocationOuidah
    Studies2018-2019
    Surface area20 000 m²
    Environmental approachHQE

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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 Ouidah, 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.

    Programme

    Organisés autour d’un espace commun identifié comme une rue intérieure réalisée en double hauteur, les différents espaces de formation pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 300 étudiants sont répartis sur 2 niveaux :
    • 7 salles de cours,
    • 9 laboratoires,
    • une salle d’analyse sensorielle,
    • un knowledge center,
    • un espace de coworking,
    • un back office et des locaux administratifs.
    • Un espace de vente à emporter
    • et 2 restaurants ouverts au public, également en double hauteur, complètent les espaces de formation dédiés aux étudiants.
    Au sous-sol se trouvent des espaces de réception, de réserves, de stockage, de mise en place et un parking de 54 places.

    Equipe

    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 projectRenovation
    ProgrammeFacilities
    Contracting authorityMinistry of Education
    ArchitectsArte Charpentier, Triumphus

    LocationOuidah
    Studies2018-2019
    Surface area20 000 m²
    Environmental approachHQE

    FASEG University

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