Skydome is a high-rise office block which is designed by GVDS for a Turkish and Malian consortium in Bamako, the capital city of Mali that is the most developed country of Western Africa.
In the Skydome project, the design limitations that are results of the geographical and climatological conditions, construction capabilities, experience and capacities of the companies around, played an important role like in many others. However, as a first example of this building scale in Bamako, the limitations are slightly bent to emancipate the design process. Two alternative projects are developed during the process and the client appreciates both of them and eventually the second alternative is decided to be built in the neighboring parcel.
In this manner, the two buildings with different façade systems will create a dialogue and establish a good exemplary building relation for the boulevard nearby.
A shard green space, daylight and access to the low level shared parking lots are provided in the backyard that connects the two buildings.
Warm air and wind resulting from the geographical factors created critical necessities for the details in façade materials as glass and precast elements.
Naturally irrigated plants and trees are placed on the building façades. For casting shadows, shutter systems operating with movement of the sun are preferred. Large amount of the energy used in both of the two buildings are derived from photovoltaic systems.
Two different cores are placed to create different floor partitions in the office block design while the ground floor is specialized for commercial activities.