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March 8th, 2011, 10:23 PM
With over 270,000 square feet and costs projected at $50 million, the Botswana Information Hub is ambitious on many levels, both literally and figuratively. The winner of an international competition, the SHoP-designed research campus brings green technology to the Gaborone, Botswana.
The sinuous structure merges into the landscape, with various levels seeming to kinetically lift from the earth. An “energy blanket” roofscape blends solar and water re-use systems into the sweeping composition. Gregg Pasquarelli tells AN all about it.
March 9th, 2011, 01:20 AM
Seriously, that building looks awesome.
March 9th, 2011, 02:08 AM
this one looks fascinating
March 9th, 2011, 03:14 AM
May 30th, 2013, 12:57 PM
May 24, 2013 · by Kamau Mbote
Botswana Innovation Hub partners with SAP
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has appointed SAP Business One (http://www.sap.com/uk/solutions/sme/business-one/small-business-management-software.epx) to implement
an affordable business management software application.
The site of our Botswana Innovation Hub project from the air, November 2011. Located near the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport,
the BIH includes an impressive and stylish 73,000-square meter building and facilities for startup business. It is also hoped that
it will spark science and technology innovation as well as drive foreign investment in Botswana.
The Innovation Hub (BIH) was officially launched in the Southern African country last November
The first phase of the project is complete, and phase two, which is the construction of the iconic building, is set to begin early in 2013.
The hub hopes to turn Botswana into a knowledge-based economy that is technology driven through promoting a culture of creativeness, and targets various education institutions and corporates.
According to the hub, SAP Business One will help it better manage processes and ensure greater visibility for its business operations.
BIH further said the software from SAP will be able to grow with the company and integrate with VIP payroll, with the system able to span core business operations, e-commerce and web-based CRM.
Chief executive officer (CEO) Alan Boshwaen said the software will above all enhance sales management capabilities.
"It gives managers on-demand access to critical, real-time information to facilitate better decision making. SAP Business One can help you better manage processes, provide greater visibility into business operations, and get the information you want – and free up the time you need – for strategic planning initiatives, business development, and customer development," he said.
May 30th, 2013, 12:58 PM
Botswana Innovation Hub
LOCATION / GABARONE, BOTSWANA - PHASE / UNDER CONSTRUCTION - SIZE / 310,000 SF
The Innovation Hub will be an iconic symbol of Botswana’s support for research and development, supporting innovation and entrepreneurship
and acting as a nexus for knowledge creation and innovation. The facility includes a HIV Research Lab run by the Ministry of Health
in partnership with Baylor, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a data center and engineering floors.
Massive green roof innovation hub
The roof design incorporates large overhangs to passively shade the building’s interior volumes.
May 30th, 2013, 12:59 PM
The client’s brief was for an iconic yet timeless building which employed the most advanced green technology available.
Mechanisms to collect and re-use water, and both passive and active photovoltaic systems to harness solar energy.
SHoP Architects (http://www.shoparc.com/node/2195/project-page) (New York)
May 31st, 2013, 03:25 AM
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May 31st, 2013, 10:44 AM
Go Bots go!
May 31st, 2013, 09:38 PM
plus this is on the revit architecture 2013 splash screen ,so basically half the worlds architects have this building embedded in their mind
May 31st, 2013, 10:27 PM
High end services and IT- This is the way forward for a nation like Botswana, I dont see what other options they have . At least Gabon for example could develop its agriculture.