Wall Corporation: Winner of World Design Awards 2020. The building defines the shopping streets on each floor with the retreat of each floor. The
shopping center resembles a topographic shape with the floor area decreasing as it rises upwards. An artificial topography such as natural hills is described by these open terraces. These shopping terraces allow shopping in the open air. The gigantic roof covering all the terraces defines a semi-open social space. Africa is covered with forests. The columns
bearing the roof give people the feeling that they are entering a forest area. Rwanda is literally a thousand hill countries. Stairs located on the facade of the building add a circulation function to the building facade. Stairs on the building facade can be used to navigate between floors.
This form of circulation, which we cannot see in classical shopping centers, carries urban life to the facade of the building. The social life on the ground floor continues on the street and continues on the building facade. The new streets formed on the facade of the building constitute a factor that encourages the user to shop. Each shop opens directly to the exterior. Thanks to this design that provides direct contact with natural air, building
sustainability will be ensured without the need for mechanical air circulation systems. The semi-open area formed by the roof is a social area where the city continues. Thanks to the polycarbonate roof, sunlight is taken to the streets, and sun protection is provided.
Firm: Wall Corporation
Architects: Selim Senin
Category: Commercial Concept
Project Location: Kigali
Photography ©Credit: Wall Corporation
WALL Corporation Kigali and Istanbul based architecture office WALL Corporation was founded by architect Selim Senin in 2010. After working for a different architectural company in Istanbul, Senin established his own practice in Istanbul firstly. Working for projects that participated in 25 national and international architectural project competitions. After the projects were published on the internet, he received proposals for project design from various countries.
Senin also has established Wall corporation in Kigali in 2017. He continues to work on various projects in Turkey and Rwanda based in Kigali.