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The second shell has logistics such as security, storage, changing room facilities and the swimming pool on the ground floor. The apartment spaces coded orange in the section/plan at the top of the page. The 4 bedroom apartment spaces that span the ground floor level to level 7. The floor area of the section is between 315 - 365 m2. The ground floor level, has the first terrace.
The upper level of this same shell (coded red in plan/section) above, features floor areas of 442 m2 and also consists of 4 bedroom apartments. This section spans level 8 (which includes a terrace) to level 12.
To call a spade a spade, the Ikoyi/Victoria Island districts are fraught with high value residential buildings with architectural outcomes that do not match the; potential, value and 'marketed' pedigree of their respective sites. These two districts, all too often feature 10-20 storey developments with shoe box designs, tapered roofs and concrete finishes that weather badly under the harsh conditions of the tropical Nigerian weather. Ikoyi/Banana Island and Victoria Island are supposed to represent not only the face of Nigerian property, but also one of the key markets in the entire African continent.
The standard of the architectural outcomes, however pales to the quality that we have come to expect from districts such as Sandton in South Africa and Luanda Bay. There simply isn't enough innovation. Ramzi Towers, designed by International designers, Spark Architects, have injected a much needed dose of ingenuity into the market.
The lack of construction know-how, led the Spark Team to explore the on-site fabrication technique (sprayed concrete). The method, will reduce both costs and time. This process, also enables Deux Project, the Nigerian contractors, to keep things in-house.
Good architectural outcome is of course, not simply a question of the superficial, but rather synthesis. Ramzi Towers features a synthesis of solar control, optimized views, acoustic treatment and air tightness. The latter, allows for a greater degree of control, minimizing moisture, improving acoustics, air quality and allowing for more uniform ventilation.
Ramzi Towers is in essence, an intersection of two curved triangular concrete shells. The first shell has the lobby, while the section coded 'blue' in the section and plan to the top left. represents the apartments This shell features floor areas of 301-346m2, consisting of 3 bedroom apartment spaces from level 1 - 7.
The penthouses (above) are located within, this same shell once again and span from levels 13-16 and feature a floor area of 244 sqm on each level. Level 13 has, yet another terrace space also.