Merriman Anderson/Architects

Merriman Anderson/Architects

Dallas, TX


The National Assembly of Niger

Tasked with developing a new center of government for the country of Niger, the sheer mass of the program presented a challenge with regards to the relationship between the scale of the architecture and the fluid nature of the terrain and the adjacent Niger River.

Reflecting the developmental nature of the master plan for the entire site, the building was derived off a series of forms relating to the traditional farmingpractices. The delineation of forms in relation to the packing methods of traditional stacking methods allowed the architecture to respond with a strong symbioticrelationship to the culture of the region but in turn provided a fundamental building block upon which to overlay the forms of the offices and chambers to allow for maximun transparency while minimizing the amount of formal impact upon thehorizon.

In plan, the program is split between different sectors of the government along a strong axis to the old central city. Along this axis is the main parliament chambers, public spaces, and a large public plaza that gives the impression of a transparent government process while providing a plinth that allows for 360 degree views of the city and the two plateaus that the city was formed between.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Niamey, Niger