Delta Press Centre
After pitching successfully, TOCA was appointed by the Delta State of Nigeria to prepare a masterplan and undertake the design to assist them achieve their vision of a dedicated Media Centre complex. The rectangular site was greenfield land close to the edge their new administrative headquarter town of Asaba.
TOCA’s approach was to place the media centre itself as the most significant structure at the main approach of the complex with the largescale auditorium strongly informing the structures form. The restaurant and administrative functions of the centre are stacked behind the auditorium separated and linked by the main entrance.
This ambitious scheme also included shops and office accommodation for rent to generate income which are set to one side of a landscaped courtyard. The opposite side of the courtyard houses an indoor sports centre. Outdoor sports facilities are set within the grounds. Low rise ancillary accommodation as guest houses are located at far end of the site creating a more private domestic scale enclave.
Sustainability was a key consideration with natural ventilation utilised in the first instance for ancillary spaces and simple construction techniques utilising locally available materials adopted.