Just a few meters from busy Desforges street this 2000 m2 prime site in the CBD of Port Louis has the potential of spear-heading deep transformations in the urban fabric of this area, presently very loose but with a strong Muslim cultural influence. This visionary project comprises two levels of shops, 4 levels of parking, 11 levels of office space, 5 levels of apartments and recessed duplex penthouses with swimming pools to crown the building. The ground floor commercial space tries to recreate the open “souk” spirit of the Muslim cultural heritage and contribute to avoid over-densifying the road level footprint.The parking levels open on the sides has been screened with a “mousharabia” in precast concrete, a contemporary interpretation of traditional Arab architecture. The main body of the building, being principally office space is cladded on the South-East elevation with a huge curtain wall treated as a dramatic collapsible skin. The top apartment levels have been subdued through second skin fenestration behind horizontal bends that help to unity the building in its overall concept. The penthouse under an inverted V roof crowns the building beautifully.
Size: area 26 640 m2
Collab Architect: ARK ATELIER LTD - ASHWEEN RAMHOTAR,KHEERTEE GUNNESS