To be located along Gaborone’s Airport Road, the Botswana Innovation Hub by SHoP Architects will be the first state of the art building designed by an internationally recognized architecture firm within Botswana. SHoP Architects, an American-based firm, beat some of the world’s recognized architectural giants, such as Foster+Partners (UK), Gensler (USA), Perkins & Will (USA), Studio Egret West Ltd. (UK), and Studio Amati Architects (Italy).
The hub will consist of 270,000 sq ft of laboratories and offices, which will support technology-driven and knowledge-intensive local and foreign businesses. As an icon of the city and country, the design brief required the incorporation of cutting-edge sustainable technology, which SHoP Architects cleverly integrated into the roof of the building. By combining a series of active and passive systems, the roofscape design addresses issues of overhangs for shading, mechanisms to collect and re-use water, and both passive and active photovoltaic systems to harness solar energy.
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