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Port-au-Prince, Haïti

With a planned location in the heart of what can still be called Port-au-Prince’s historical centre, this building was designed before the 2010 earthquake. It aimed to help initiate, through its base-building role, the reappropriation and rehabilitation of this neighbourhood, the country’s historical centre and economic hub.

After the earthquake and the destruction of so many pieces of the city’s traditional architecture, this base-building role was reinforced, as it would be one of the first major post-earthquake projects.

The centre’s main function was to host conferences and meetings in optimal conditions, in a multifunctional and flexible hall that accommodates 400 people. The hall is set on a pedestal that contains a parking lot, shops, and a restaurant at street level. A documentation and administration centre will occupy part of the third floor.

The principles of tropical architecture, with a design adapted to its environment, were reinforced through the introduction of vegetation in the building (green roof, green walls, and so on).

CLIENT: Haitian central bank, BRH
COLLABORATION: IBI Group / Daniel Arbour et Associés
YEAR: 2007-2009

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