Hermann Kamte
Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte has been recognised worldwide for his sustainable and innovative approach to architecture. Image: Slim Pictures Studios.

Award-winning Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte has been chosen to represent Africa at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference in the Middle East this week.

Hermann Kamte
Hermann Kamte’s Lagos’s Wooden Tower is an experiential structure that has received numerous awards. The smart building consists of natural, recyclable and local materials and its structure maximises daylight and natural ventilation.

At only 26 years old, Hermann Kamte already has a string of accolades to his name. His Lagos’s Wooden Tower is considered to be a masterpiece of green construction and has received numerous awards, including a WAFX Prize in the category of Cultural Identity at the World Architecture Festival in 2017. This year, Kamte visited South Africa, where he delivered a keynote talk at Architecture ZA in Pretoria under the theme ‘We The City: Memory and Resilience.’

Hermann Kamte
The Forgotten – Dead or Alive is Hermann Kamte’s proposed plan for the regeneration of the dying Lake Chad. The centre would provide a place for researchers to study the lake and its surroundings as well as desalinate salt water brought in from the Atlantic Ocean via pipelines.

Now, the founder of HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates will represent Africa at the annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) conference, which takes place from October 20-25 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There he will be delivering a speech alongside Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls on the conference’s theme ‘Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism’.

Hermann Kamte
Pixa is a steel flexible structure that Hermann Kamte conceptualised for Sunbrella using its organic fabric as the cover. The semi-open and semi-closed structure was designed to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Despite being chosen for his innovative vision and great expertise surrounding wood in architecture, the humble young talent says it’s not about the awards and prestige, but about what his work can do to help make the world a better place. “Being able to offer a useful service to the community is the first thing that drives my passion for architecture,” he says, adding that growing up in Africa made him realise the need to work to better the continent’s future:

“For too long, Africa has solved its problems in a state of emergency and we know today that it does not work. I believe in preventative architecture: we no longer want spontaneous cities but adaptive ones that anticipate our needs by providing maximum comfort with minimum damage to the environment. We want smart cities.”

Hermann Kamte
London Bay is a mixed-use complex in London that Hermann Kamte proposed for the A Folly For London competition in 2015. The design on the Thames riverbank aims to improve overall quality of life and promote social and environmental integration.

It is this thoughtful approach to architecture that makes Kamte’s work stand out . “I like to have the opportunity to create projects that are each time more beautiful, creative, innovative, smart, sustainable and ecological than before,” he says. “HKA doesn’t only focus on the final result, but on the process too. My aim with my work is to give African architecture back its magic: I want to make people smile, I want to make people happy, I want to make people dream!”

Hermann Kamte
Hermann Kamte’s Tiny Housing Estate is a proposal that seeks to provide a solution to the lack of affordable housing worldwide.

CTBUH is the world’s leading non-profit organisation specialising in the field of tall buildings and sustainable urban design.

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