Architectural Design: Studio Elementals
Design Team: Stefanie Theuretzbacher, Jeanne Schultz, Chrili Car
Construction: Adisa Design Studio
Project duration: 2019-2020
Currently under construction is a new mixed-use retail and hospitality building in Lekki, Lagos. Accessible by boat from the lagoon and by car from the Admiralty Way. The Freshforte building will house a grocery store, a restaurant, and a coffee
The material selection and construction techniques follow the principles of recycling and local craftsmanship. Re-used intermodal shipping containers become the main structural elements and are either visible or concealed. A geometric steel mesh façade covered with plants veils the complex container arrangement and reveals surprising spatial configurations and transitional spacesbetween outside and inside, to be explored by the visitor.
With a general theme of “freshness”, nature plays an important role in the project and makes its way into the building providing shade and view protection.Great care has also been put into curating other landscaping elements, including
geometric patterns on driveways and walkways. At night, the project is illuminated with a thousand ceiling lights making it visible