Established by the First Lady of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation promotes education and youth, the protection of women and their rights and the Inclusion of vulnerable populations. This building provides a new home for the foundation, accommodating its 25-strong staff while also offering a public interface for the first time,
with exhibition spaces, education facilities and an auditorium.
Situated on the Boulevard de l’Independence - a key public route through Libreville that overlooks the Gabon Estuary – the Foundation building celebrates the views towards the Atlantic Ocean, while responding carefully to the equatorial climate. Comprising a glazed
box that offers complete transparency on the waterfront-facing southern elevation, this element sits within a concrete hangar, with punched apertures that frame views of Libreville
to the east and west. The concrete shell along with details such as concrete fins provides
shade against the sun. Visitors enter the public exhibition spaces on the ground floor,
with the auditorium housed below at basement level. The first floor provides conference facilities and semi-public areas for events and seminars. Rising to the second floor, there are staff offices with a restaurant on the upper level. Glistening on the waterfront and welcoming visitors inside, the building is a bold new urban addition, reflecting the aspirations of the Foundation with a global resonance that is progressive and open.