LACOSTE PROJECT

The city of Dakar is outstanding for its exceptional geographical situation on a peninsula and for its modernity, with an important patrimony of high-quality modern architecture built in the 1950s.
Cities: DAKAR
Countries: SENEGAL
Categories: MIXED USE
Work in Progress - Progetto Architettonico: LACATON & VASSAL
Beginning of Construction: 2015
The project stands opposite Kermel Market, an historic spot in Dakar city centre. It posits a mixed program of retail, leisure facilities, a hotel and events center superimposed on each other from the ground to the fourteenth floor and on top of two basement parking levels. 
The first four levels occupy the piece of land between Avenue Sarraut and the market square. On the ground floor, retail units, the brasserie at the angle and the hotel lobby create transparency, views and passages to the market from Avenue Sarraut. The restaurant, on the first floor with a vast open terrace, offers a privileged view over the square. 
Above the fourth floor the building rises in a bar-shape containing the hotel and the panoramic restaurant. Drawing inspiration from the modern buildings widely constructed in Dakar, the rooms are spacious, almost squared, with great openings to a two-meters wide balcony –veritable extension of the room and casting shadows over the façade- planted with rose-trees or bougainvillea. As a result, all the rooms enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and the city. 

Photo credits: Lacaton & Vassal
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