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The new Obax Worldwide Ltd. office building is designed to establish a modern and professional base of operations within the urban limits of Benin City, Edo, Nigeria. Our assignment was to provide facility programming, a schematic design solution including architecture and preliminary building service systems, and bridging documents for the client’s use in obtaining proposals from Nigerian design-build teams. Our discrete objectives: to provide a facility that is responsive to Obax’s current and future needs, to develop a programmatically and aesthetically superior solution, to provide a design that is economically constructible in a technologically developing construction market, and to provide an operationally efficient building. The proposed design solution reflects the internal quality standards and the significant emerging corporate brand identity of Obax in the international marketplace.

The project provides a state-of-the-art administration facility that will support both regional and international business operations from the urban center of Benin City. The location will conveniently supplement Obax industrial headquarter facilities some 45 kilometers distant in the Niger River delta. The business needs identified have been accommodated in approximately 50,000 square feet of gross measured area. In satisfying this building program, the design must also solve many conflicting and competing factors associated with the building site. While complementary and synergetic to Obax’s larger industrial campus, the site is extremely confined and narrow for a project of the scale envisioned. With a total site area of approximately 12,380 square feet and a scale limit of 5 stories above grade, the site must necessarily be developed to its maximum potential leaving no open area of significant scale. The infrastructure of civil utilities servicing the site is highly limited. Adjacent lots are developed with structures of significantly smaller scale and lesser quality. These constraints provide a challenging context within which to build, and have helped to inspire an innovative and technically robust building design.

MtM Design has provided a solution that will present a strong, definitively contemporary presence in the city; a structure that will, through the building form and its details, reflect Obax’s unique forward-thinking business approach as well as the solidity of its successes.


Building Characteristics

The exterior design of the building combines sensitivity to the existing surroundings with an exciting aesthetic, which can act as a catalyst for future surrounding development. The design also utilizes materials that are consistent with Benin City’s existing construction, especially reinforced concrete and concrete masonry.

It was intended that the building would engage its immediate context in terms of the rich street level environment and offer a lively and architecturally interesting addition to the streetscape. This is accomplished through the spatially dynamic massing of the west building façade which features a large lobby terrace to link indoor / outdoor activities to the street environment. The large mass of the building is also presented visually as a series of smaller volumes in an effort to avoid overt and imposing monumentality at the street. The street context is dominated by cars and movement, and the building’s auto court feeds off of this energy, yet it is softened by garden spaces flanking the drives and located around the Check-in Station. At the same time, it was intended that the main building mass be elevated above this street activity to offer enhanced views and a unique vantage point to its occupants while accommodating the necessary circulation at ground level.

The building’s general design approach presents the balancing of a series of contrasting qualities. It is an effort to strike a balance of presence and of form. The exterior of the building speaks in a contemporary and modern language. The approach to materials is intended (in the use of cast concrete for example) to suggest a certain ancient, if not timeless, essence while the integration of sleek metal details and expanses of cool green glazing reference a contemporaneous, more forward leaning or futurist demeanor. The solidity of the design expresses a feeling of strength, while its elegance helps to express a sense of dignity. In general, the materials are time-tested, easily maintainable and durable, so the building will age with grace.

Aside from the front façade, the exterior walls are combined into a singular and continuous wrapping plane of cast architectural concrete. It encloses the elevated stories above the ground floor arrival area. The cementitious enclosure is canted outward gently from its lower to upper running edges as it defines the boundaries of the site on the three non-public sides. The resulting “wrapper” unifies the expression of the building into a single form that is broken only on the west façade where the building opens to its “origin” at the street. There are select areas of glazing of varying size and type that ranges from large expanses of curtain wall style glazing in the NE façade to a variety of punch openings in the NE and SE facades. The “large glass” of the curtain wall allows occupants to reconnect with views northward to downtown and the city center. It is also the dominant day lighting membrane into the interior workspaces. The composition of the punched openings in the solid areas of the wrapper is kinetic and rationally randomized. This helps to defuse monumentality and link the surface quality of the façade to the chaotic diversity of the surrounding buildings. The continuity of the “wrapper” is reinforced by its basic curvilinear nature. A series of inset horizontal bands lend dynamism to its massiveness. This energizing quality is amplified by the fact that the building “floats” above the site on a series of slender concrete columns. The concrete wall surface above is mirrored by the concrete perimeter wall defining the site limits below. The west street facing elevation is designed to be light, transparent and welcoming, a glassy public face that openly conveys the many business activities of Obax staff and their guests to passerby while bringing views of the city beyond deep into the building.
Building Type: Administrative Offices and Conference Center
Total Square Feet: 65,600 sq. ft. Five Stories
Year: Designed 2012 / Construction on Hold

http://mtmdesignllc.com/cs_obax-worldwide.htm
 

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I prefer these type of architectural design for cities in Nigeria. Low rise, 90%+ lot coverage, and on site parking on the first floor. This is the type of design that is needed and I hope we see more of them.

On a side note I still believe that Benin City will be the most tourist friendly and most beautiful city in Nigeria if Developed correctly. Its the only major city that has long narrow organized plots throughout (like Brooklyn or Boston) and the only Large city in Nigeria that doesn't have a major highway running right through the middle of the city. (Like Brooklyn, Paris, D.C., etc). Hopefully future Politicians wont mess things up and I hope they add a subway system cause the streets already have the central hub + spiral layout of all subway lines.
 

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People travelling from the western part of the country used to travel right through the heart of Benin on the way to Warri and other parts of the SS before the bypass was built I think
 

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Presidency to Employ 208,000 Youths from Niger Delta

The Presidency has revealed the Federal Government's plan to employ about 208,000 youths from the Niger Delta.

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has unveiled a plan to employ 208,000 youths from the Niger Delta in order to curtail the restiveness in the oil-rich region.

The spokesman of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, in a statement yesterday said this was disclosed at a meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee presided over by his boss at the State House in Abuja on Friday.

Akande said the Niger Delta Development Commission had established “job placement centres which are expected to engage about 208,000 youths in the Niger Delta. To help reduce unemployment and youth restiveness in the region, the NDDC centre would match existing vacancies with available skills within the region.”

He said the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation project was set to commence the procurement process for contracting experts for the remediation and clean-up of Ogoni land.

“This process is open to competent national and international companies involved in environment, water and livelihood projects. In the same vein, the final draft of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP), which provides a framework for the development of the Niger Delta, was also submitted to the committee,” he said.

He said the meeting was also briefed on the progress of the modular refineries. “One set of modular refinery package shipment has since arrived Nigeria, and after undergoing clearance at customs, would be installed in Delta State; while another set, which is expected to arrive the country in April this year, would be installed in Rivers State.

“The operation of the modular refineries would include the involvement of communities where they are located. Prof. Osinbajo said this would ensure that communities benefit directly from the refineries which would help create jobs and engage youths in the region.”

Akande also stated that the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, was set to commence the admission of students for the 2017/2018 academic year and start lectures next month.
 

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The Presidency has revealed the Federal Government's plan to employ about 208,000 youths from the Niger Delta.

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has unveiled a plan to employ 208,000 youths from the Niger Delta in order to curtail the restiveness in the oil-rich region.

The spokesman of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, in a statement yesterday said this was disclosed at a meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee presided over by his boss at the State House in Abuja on Friday.

Akande said the Niger Delta Development Commission had established “job placement centres which are expected to engage about 208,000 youths in the Niger Delta. To help reduce unemployment and youth restiveness in the region, the NDDC centre would match existing vacancies with available skills within the region.”

He said the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation project was set to commence the procurement process for contracting experts for the remediation and clean-up of Ogoni land.

“This process is open to competent national and international companies involved in environment, water and livelihood projects. In the same vein, the final draft of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP), which provides a framework for the development of the Niger Delta, was also submitted to the committee,” he said.

He said the meeting was also briefed on the progress of the modular refineries. “One set of modular refinery package shipment has since arrived Nigeria, and after undergoing clearance at customs, would be installed in Delta State; while another set, which is expected to arrive the country in April this year, would be installed in Rivers State.

“The operation of the modular refineries would include the involvement of communities where they are located. Prof. Osinbajo said this would ensure that communities benefit directly from the refineries which would help create jobs and engage youths in the region.”

Akande also stated that the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, was set to commence the admission of students for the 2017/2018 academic year and start lectures next month.

This looks more like an election campaign to me. Why has it taken three years for this to be talked about?
 
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Is it? ..you're not suggesting Buhari would run for a second term, are you??
Wait and see. If Buhari loved Nigeria, he should have resigned a long time ago, so what makes you think he will not run for reselection?
 

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I prefer these type of architectural design for cities in Nigeria. Low rise, 90%+ lot coverage, and on site parking on the first floor. This is the type of design that is needed and I hope we see more of them.

On a side note I still believe that Benin City will be the most tourist friendly and most beautiful city in Nigeria if Developed correctly. Its the only major city that has long narrow organized plots throughout (like Brooklyn or Boston) and the only Large city in Nigeria that doesn't have a major highway running right through the middle of the city. (Like Brooklyn, Paris, D.C., etc). Hopefully future Politicians wont mess things up and I hope they add a subway system cause the streets already have the central hub + spiral layout of all subway lines.

Benin also has a neglected tourist attraction of world class proportions. The Benin Earthworks (Ramparts).

''The Walls of Benin City constitute the world's largest man-made earth structure. Fred Pearce wrote in New Scientist:

They extend for some 160 km in all, in a mosaic of more than 500 interconnected settlement boundaries. They cover 2,510 sq. miles (6,500 square kilometres) and were all dug by the Edo people. In all, they are four times longer than the Great Wall of China, and consumed a hundred times more material than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. They took an estimated 150 million hours of digging to construct, and are perhaps the largest single archaeological phenomenon on the planet.''

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin
 

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Wait and see. If Buhari loved Nigeria, he should have resigned a long time ago, so what makes you think he will not run for reselection?
Is Atiku a better replacement? On a serious note i love the anti-corruption drive of Buhari, maybe not so effective, but will Atiku continue it?

Corruption is the major cause of Nigeria's problems.
 

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Is Atiku a better replacement? On a serious note i love the anti-corruption drive of Buhari, maybe not so effective, but will Atiku continue it?

Corruption is the major cause of Nigeria's problems.
I never mentioned Atiku, neither am a supporter of him.

BTW, if Buhari's anti-corruption war is truly good, the following people should be in prison

Obasanjo, GEJ, Babangida, Tinubu, Atiku just to mention a few. The fact that none of them have been called to account, speaks volumes of Buhari's shambolic war against corruption
 

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Akwa Ibom State Plastic Plant to Provide Over 1000 Jobs

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that he had equipped the Plastic Manufacturing Factory with a 480-tones injection machine capable of blowing large tanks.

Emmanuel at an environment forum in Uyo, said: "The factory will create over 1000 employment opportunities across the value chain for the teeming youths which is in line with my mandate to industrialise Akwa Ibom State. "Our national economy has been ailing and the hope of many had ebbed, but knowing full well that
my people did not give us their mandate to reward them with excuses, we choose to weather the economic storm by rebuilding, recovering and reinventing our dear state.

“This is in fulfillment of the Akwa Ibom Employment and Enterprise Scheme, AKEES, mandate of getting our teeming youths off the street and into gainful employment.”

The governor said that the Metering Solution Company, Toothpick, Pencil and the Syringe Manufacturing Factories, among others, were proofs that his administration was poised to turn around the fortune of the state, from a civil service state to an industrial hub.

Source: Vanguard
 
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