Brazzaville, capital of Congo hosts the 2015 edition of the quadrennial Pan African Games. As part of preparations for the event, the Independent Architectural Diplomacy has unveiled a master plan for the games village, which comprises a complex of several fields and facilities.

Arch2o-Pan African Games 2015 Master Plan-IAD (37)

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Inspiration for the design is from the ever-meandering Congo River and IAD’s goal to emphasize the idea of reunion between host and participating country.

Arch2o-Pan African Games 2015 Master Plan-IAD (35)

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The sinuous meandering paths also delineate the complex into three areas whiles symbolising the values of strength and vitality. These same paths shape the stadiums, which have the feel of islands growing from and sitting in the mists of a wide expanse of meandering river water.

Arch2o-Pan African Games 2015 Master Plan-IAD (44)

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Their oblong shapes make reference to African textiles and fabric. The emptiness between the arenas is covered in patterned pavements, which bring out the unity of the complex.

Arch2o-Pan African Games 2015 Master Plan-IAD (62)

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The proposal features a stadium, an aquatic centre, a sports hall, residences for the athletes and a hotel.

 By Hassan Mohammed Yakubu

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