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Botswana Innovation Hub / SHoP Architects

Botswana Innovation Hub / SHoP Architects

Ousting 17 other companies from Europe, USA and Africa, SHoP Architects was awarded first prize for their design of the Botswana Innovation Hub.  The 270,000 sqf office and research building will be a testament to Botswana’s support of research, as well as her promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship.

More about the winning design after the break.

As the hub is comprised of state of the art laboratory spaces for “technology-drive and knowledge-intensive foreign and local businesses,” it seems only fitting that SHoP incorporate the latest green technology available.   The most dominate sustainable technique is SHoP’s “energy blanket” roofscape – a system that combines passive and active systems.  Large overhangs passively shade the building’s interior volumes, while mechanisms collect and re-use water, and both passive and active photovoltaic systems harness solar energy. With this new roof, the passive and active systems will offset at least half of the building’s operational energy costs.


Client: Botswana Development Corporation

Location of Project: Gabarone, Botswana, Africa

Phase: In Design

Type of Project: Commercial / Research

Project Size: 270,000 SF building area / 57 hectare site

PROJECT CREDITS (Competition Team)

Architect: SHoP Architects New York, NY including Jen Conway, Zach Downey, Kevin Fennell, Steven Garcia, Tyler Goss, Shannon Han, Rem Koning, Chris Lee, Ayumi Sugiyama, Andrea Vittandini

Principals: Christopher R. Sharples,William W. Sharples, Coren D. Sharples,Kimberly J. Holden, Gregg A. Pasquarelli

Structural Engineer: Arup

MEP Engineer: Buro Happold

Sustainability Consulting: Buro Happold

Civil and Geotechnical Engineer: Langan

Landscape Architect: Hood Design

Virtual Design & Constructionand Integration Services: SHoP Construction

Cite: Karen Cilento. "Botswana Innovation Hub / SHoP Architects " 21 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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