By Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze, Editor-In-Chief
Welcome to the first debut article of the “Top 5 Architectural Firms” Series. In this Architectural Series, we will be reviewing the Top 5 Architectural Firms in various countries or major cities worldwide. We live in buildings; we work in buildings, we go to school in buildings, we go to functions in buildings, etc. This article series is to celebrate architects and architectural firms that are putting in work to make architecture happen worldwide. Through the profession of architecture, architects add value to our minds via the creativity and innovation of designing bespoke spaces that make us stand in awe and admiration. We will be looking at “Top 5 Architectural Firms in Nigeria” to start this series.
Where is Nigeria? Trust me; some people may not know this fact. If you are not geographically savvy, the country of Nigeria is in the Western part of Africa. To the East of Nigeria, its boundary nations are Cameroon and Chad. To the West of Nigeria, Benin. To the North is the country of Niger, and to the South is the Gulf of Guinea. The capital of Nigeria is the Federal Capital City Abuja. The largest city in Nigeria is the bustling economic hub, Lagos, in Lagos State. The country Nigeria covers a land span of 356,669 square miles (i.e., 923,768 sq. km.). This makes Nigeria the thirty-second largest nation in the world. It has the highest population in Africa, with approximately around 196M people. It is one of the strongest economies of Africa. And now you know in brief.
Like a host of other creative industries, architecture in Nigeria has seen a gradual metamorphosis from complicated and uninspiring designs to simple–occasionally complex–but aesthetic beauties. Leading this revolution are seasoned Architectural firms that are putting a modern spin on space design and use. However, rarely do we get to hear about those who are changing the narrative, one building at a time. Curated below is a list of Top 5 Architectural Firms in Nigeria that inspire a revolution in the Nigerian design ecosystem.
AD consulting was founded by one of Nigeria’s foremost female architects, Olajumoke Adenowo, in 1994. If you are an avid follower of architecture, you will remember her famously dubbed “Africa’s Starchitect” by CNN. With Adenowo at its forefront, AD Consulting has delivered grand projects that include buildings for the Abuja Film City, Guaranty Trust Bank branches, and the Nigerian Stock Exchange magnificent building. The firm’s portfolio consists of an extensive array of clients in finance, healthcare, government, oil and gas, etc. Due to the organization’s aesthetic attention to detail, AD Consulting remains a go-to for industry clients. The image above is the aerial view of their Abuja Film City Project. For more about AD Consulting and its various projects’ portfolio, be sure to check out their company website at www.adconsultinglimited.com.
The professionals at Chronos Studeos take architectural designs to a whole new level in the Nigerian ecosystem, focusing on 3D visualization. When we hear Chronos Studeos, what readily comes to mind is its involvement in the futuristic Eko Atlantic project, a mega city-in-waiting. Other exciting projects handled by the firm include Galaxy Mall in Kaduna, a first-of-its-kind state-of-the-art shopping mall inside the Kaduna metropolis. So when they say Chronos is the new cool, we believe them. The image in the picture above is a perspective view of their Eko Atlantic Project. For more about Chronos Studeos and its various projects’ portfolio, be sure to check out their company website at www.chronos-studeos.com.
This is one of those architectural firms that are not only doing high-grade work locally but are taking their genius beyond the shores of Nigeria. It is unsurprising then that this organization has a client in almost every industry, from Finance to Hospitality, Oil and Gas, Education, Recreation, Aviation, etc. Also, its list of completed projects will not in any way bore you. The evidence is in international projects like the Airport Terminal and Hotel Transit Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia, and the Roberts International Hotel in the same country. Locally, ATO Architects has delivered architectural designs for the Central Bank of Nigeria in multiple States, the 5-star Sheraton Hotel, and Kano Economic City, amongst a host of others. The picture above is a bird’s eye view perspective of their French Diplomatic Campus design. It is located at European Union Crescent, Off Constitution Ave, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria. For more about ATO Architects and the company’s portfolio of their various projects, be sure to check out their company website at www.atoarchitects.com.
MOE+ Art Architecture
Rarely do you find architectural companies in Nigeria trying to place aesthetics and design on the same scale; MOE+ Art Architecture is one of the select few, and boy, do they do it well. This architectural company centers most of its design on the combination of art and design. Also, it is possible to quickly tell that much creative thinking has created these great edifices by analyzing their models. Some of its art-influenced projects include the Falomo Under Bridge below the Lagos Island, Tinubu Mosque, and Rele Gallery. However, the Africa Fintech Foundry Headquarters remains its most favorite project to date. It’s a hub for the African Fintech Foundry software developers, and one can only imagine why the project owners decided to go with an art-inspired design. The picture above is a close-up perspective of their Africa Fintech Foundry Headquarters Project in Lagos, Nigeria – absolutely an artful architectonic masterpiece. For more about MOE+ Art Architecture and its portfolio of their various projects, be sure to check out their company website at www.moeaa.com.
A team of chartered architects, ECAD Architects are in the business of delivering top-notch architectural projects in diverse industries. The firm also spices things up by specializing in supporting services that include project management and quantity surveying. ECAD Architects have delivered significant projects for NBM bank and the Kwara State Governor’s house with clients at home and abroad. The image in the picture above is the front view of their NBM Bank Development Project. For more about ECAD Architects and the company’s portfolio of their various projects, be sure to check out their company website at www.ecadarchitects.com.
It was exciting reviewing all these architectural firms doing remarkably well in the West African nation and Giant-of-Africa, Nigeria. If you are an architect, architectural firm, or an architectural enthusiast who feels that I have missed an Architectural Firm doing remarkably well in Nigeria, feel free to use the comment section and suggest those architectural firms. After our Editorial Team at www.oaekpost.com reviews these architectural companies, they could make the next list of Top 5 Architectural Firms in Nigeria. The architect Arthur Erickson said some astounding words that will beautifully cap this article. He said that “Great buildings that stir the soul have always been scarce. In every case, they are uncommon, epic, products of the heart.” (Paraphrased). So, for the love of Architecture, let the beauty of buildings that inspire the mind rise. I am looking forward to reviewing the next Top 5 Architectural Firm In… Who knows? We’ll see [Smiles].
(NB. All photo credits have been given to all the architecture firms reviewed in this article. These images have been abstracted from the project or portfolio files of all the above architectural firms).