The Sipopo Congress center is a striking piece of contemporary architecture probably most notable for its dynamic facade. Located in Malabo, the capital city of Equatorial Guinea, the facility was designed by Istanbul based Tabanlioglu Architectus and is intended for diplomatic relations meetings and negotiations between leaders of diverse African nations and cultures seeking to promote peace and development across the continent.
Built in a little over 5 months on a site of 11 700sqm, the Sipopo Congress Center was inspired by nature and harmony, designed to be “a showcase” for Equatorial Guinea, much like Tabanlioglu’s work on the Luminous Hall in Libya. That was the building that moved Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to commission the architects to design something similarly impressive for his country.
Most prominent in this project, and you will agree, is the lacy, metal facade. The geometry and aesthetic is something that was carried through the design with wall panels, ceilings and more wearing a similar style.
Here’s a description from Tabanlioglu,