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Aon Insurance Headquarters / SPASM Design Architects

  • 01:00 - 1 August, 2010
Aon Insurance Headquarters / SPASM Design Architects
Aon Insurance Headquarters / SPASM Design Architects, © Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi © Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi © Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi © Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Architects

    SPASM Design Architects
  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Sanjay Parab, Maithili Joshi & Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Engineers

    Pendharkar Associates
  • Contractors

    Holtan E.A. Ltd
  • Client

    SKAN Properties Limited
  • Area

    2591.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Sited in a quiet, low-rise, residential neighborhood of Dar-es-Salaam, an emerging financial hub on the coast of Tanzania, East Africa, the AON Insurance Headquarters is nestled within a lovely garden acreage with existing acacias, gulmohurs, frangipanis and Erica palms.

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

The brief prompted the placement of three off-shutter concrete cabinets, to incorporate storage of records. These cabinets form the principal enclosure and allow for framed vistas of the surrounding garden, continuing and enhancing the spatial construct of the garden.

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

Over these cabinets, levitates a giant, blade-thin canopy. It is a contemporary interpretation of the indigenous ‘makuti’ or thatch roofs.

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

The glazed upper storey detaches the solid walls from the light canopy and affords limitless views over the tree tops. The windows can be kept open for most part of the year, reducing energy loads, allowing fresh cool breeze to penetrate the building, apart from offering abundant protection from heavy rains of the tropics. It modulates glare-free, reflected light to create a soothing work environment and establishes a strong connection to the outside.

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

A water body immediately outside the principal meeting rooms invigorates the surrounds with the soft sound of flowing water and acts as a black reflective plane.

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

From within the building, one can sense the passage of time as the building absorbs the slightest changes in the light quality and the shifting of the shadows of trees, in the outside garden environment. Movement within the building and occupation of each office amplifies the intrinsic connection with the surrounding vegetation.

© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi
© Muzu Suleimanji & Sanjeev Panjabi

The building maintains an honest simplicity in its make up and in its materiality, fostering the comfort of its inhabitants and in the hope of promoting productivity.

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panamArq · August 03, 2010

nice tropical building in Zimbabwe(via @ArchDaily) http://bit.ly/aFdrfi

Gosia Kung, AIA · August 02, 2010

not-so-corporate office building http://fb.me/DKWLAt8F

Ujenzi Bora · August 02, 2010

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Jessica Williams · August 02, 2010

Nice and Appreciable work

Adam · August 02, 2010

I feel like the roof is insufficient. The building feels to me as if someone put a piece of paper atop a cinder block. The weight is all wrong. Not that it's a bad building it just feels off (boy I'm all feely today).

Axe · August 02, 2010 04:02 PM

I felt exactly the same. The roof drew my attention immediately because it's so thin. But then it made me think that it doesn't quite fit into the picture. A thin roof is something that should add to its context.

It did remind me of Herzog & De Meuron's parking in Miami. That used the same thin layers idea, but pulls it off much better.

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Jubair Siddeeque · August 01, 2010

You say this is an institutional building. All the Interior spaces and architecture has got a residential feel. Very contemporary and appreciable. Good work Spasm. Good Archdaily.

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