GBN
Ministry of Parks
National Park Infrastructure

Ministry of Parks

The identity of ‘Ministry’ reinterpreted as an entity that mediates the public and the government while presenting an optimistic future. Buildings do not last long in the rainforest. Regardless, as a series of pedestrian bridges and a gateway to Libreville, the building serves as the link between park systems and established neighborhoods and will remain a useful part of the built fabric instead of a privatized workplace.

Gabon contains some of the most incredible untouched natural ecosystems on the planet. Because of the scarcity of tourists and means of ecotourism within the country, very few people have ever experienced or have knowledge of these parks.

Even though the national park system was a positive stance on protecting Gabon's natural resources, statistics show that measures taken to protect the forest elephant population are not enough. It is estimated that they will become extinct within the next decade unless drastic measures are taken to prevent this tragedy to occur. Opposing the privatized park system to the north, the site proposes the first large public park in Libreville.

The project sites itself as this link connecting the busiest night life district and revitalized neighborhood park in the north, the largest beach front in the city to the south, and establishes the cities first large public plaza and recreation fields adjacent to the new building.

PROGRAM: Park Management, Park Education, Park Training

CRITIC: Dan Wood

YEAR:
2014
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Urban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the project

Because of the straddling of the forces of the city at this critical juncture, the GBN building absorbs the landscape and facilities of the beach and the energy of the public plaza.

Urban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the project
Urban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the project
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PROJECT IMAGES

Animation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the cityAnimation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the cityAnimation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the cityAnimation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the city
Aerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipadsAerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipadsAerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipadsAerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipads
Animated diagram of the various forces concentrating on the GBN Ministry site at the point of collisionAnimated diagram of the various forces concentrating on the GBN Ministry site at the point of collisionAnimated diagram of the various forces concentrating on the GBN Ministry site at the point of collisionAnimated diagram of the various forces concentrating on the GBN Ministry site at the point of collision
Urban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the project
Model photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various usesModel photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various usesModel photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various usesModel photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various uses
Drawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersectionDrawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersectionDrawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersectionDrawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersection
Trio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersectionTrio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersectionTrio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersectionTrio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersection
Animation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parksAnimation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parksAnimation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parksAnimation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parks
Model photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of ParksModel photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of ParksModel photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of ParksModel photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of Parks
Plan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprintPlan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprintPlan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprintPlan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprint
Layered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forcesLayered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forcesLayered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forcesLayered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forces
Unrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous usesUnrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous usesUnrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous usesUnrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous uses
Back reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plazaBack reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plazaBack reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plazaBack reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plaza
Model showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each forceModel showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each forceModel showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each forceModel showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each force
Chart showing the relationship of demand and population of Forest Elephants requiring protecting by the GBN Ministry of ParksChart showing the relationship of demand and population of Forest Elephants requiring protecting by the GBN Ministry of ParksChart showing the relationship of demand and population of Forest Elephants requiring protecting by the GBN Ministry of ParksChart showing the relationship of demand and population of Forest Elephants requiring protecting by the GBN Ministry of Parks
Diagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle formDiagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle formDiagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle formDiagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle form
Map of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the countryMap of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the countryMap of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the countryMap of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the country
Aerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beachAerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beachAerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beachAerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beach
Collection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional massCollection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional massCollection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional massCollection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional mass
Entrance and public open space of the GBN museum program looking out on large beach boardwalk belowEntrance and public open space of the GBN museum program looking out on large beach boardwalk belowEntrance and public open space of the GBN museum program looking out on large beach boardwalk belowEntrance and public open space of the GBN museum program looking out on large beach boardwalk below

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