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Weston Williamson completes Digicel store in earthquake-struck Haiti

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Weston Williamson’s mobile phone store in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, has opened to the public one year after a catastrophic earthquake rocked the island

Designed for Digicel, the Caribbean’s largest mobile phone company, the slatted aluminium clad-structure is a pitched as a key part of the Haitian capital’s economic reconstruction.

The practice won a competition to design the building in May last year.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed and up to 200,000 people killed by an earthquake, which struck 16km south-west of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on 12 February 2010, leaving millions without food, water and shelter.

 

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Weston Williamson’s Digicel store in Haiti nears completion

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Close to a year after Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake Weston Williamson’s competition-winning Digicel store building is close to opening

The practice in May won a competition to design the building for Digicel – the Caribbean’s largest mobile phone company.

On target to open to customers in early 2011, the design features the colour red and the company’s logo branded into the structure’s slatted aluminium envelope.

Weston Williamson claims the façade also animates the design’s simplified form, also allowing solar shading and protection from tropical hurricanes.

A statement by the practice said: ‘The brief was to design an innovative and fresh approach to the design of a new stand-alone mobile communications retail store where the design embodies the spirit of growth and regeneration.

‘The winning proposal has views into and out of the building, controlled by the space between aluminum slats and depending on how a person is orientated to the building, may appear transparent or opaque.’

Thousands of buildings were destroyed and up to 200,000 people killed by an earthquake, which struck 16km south-west of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on 12 February, leaving millions without food, water and shelter.
 

Project data

 

Architects: Weston Williamson
Location: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Type Of Project: Retail
Structural Engineers: Price & Myers
Project Architect: Phil Breese
Design Team: Price & Myers, KMCS, Hoare Lea
Client: Digicel
Funding: n/a         
Tender date: July 10
Start on site date: Oct 10
Contract duration: 4 months
Gross internal floor area: n/a
Form of contract and/or procurement: n/a
Total cost: n/a         
M&e consultant: Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor: KMCS
Planning supervisor: n/a         
Lighting consultant: Hoare Lea
Main contractor: n/a         
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: n/a         
Annual co2 emissions: n/a         

 

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