Architecture can be said to be the embodiment of modern civilization. The buildings of a nation reflects its significance, level of development, prestige and influence. In this post, I will share with you 10 beautiful architectural edifices in Nigeria.
Nigeria is one of the leading countries in Africa in terms of economy. The nation prevails in a number of areas like music, sports and film making. But contrary to what people might think, Nigeria is also a giant where architecture is concerned. There are lots of stunning buildings worthy of envy in the country.
Just like popular buildings around the world such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Opera house in Sydney, and the Empire State Building in New York. Nigeria too has a few edifices she can boast of.
Below are some of the beautiful architectural edifices in Nigeria worthy of note
1. National Theater, LagosEmbed from Getty Images
This incredible work of architecture is located in Surulere, Lagos. This building was built in 1976, and is popularly known for its amazing art performances. It is built with a hat-like design, and has a 5000 seater capacity and a collapsible stage. The theater is currently a theater, museum, and art village.
2. CBN, Lagos
The Central Bank of Nigeria in Lagos is another stunning edifice. This building was completed by Messer Julius Berger in 2013. The building is situated on the Island. The structure has 19 floors and 6 of the floors are used as car parks, the rest are office space. The edifice boasts a five generator service block, a 500 seater auditorium, an atrium having four office wings, and other auxiliary buildings around it.
3. 4 Points by Sheraton, Lagos
This visually appealing structure is located in Victoria Island Lagos. With 231 guest and studio rooms, this edifice is a center for pleasure. The hotel has all the key facilities needed such as a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and parking, gym and the likes. It is an impressive structure that can easily boast of being internationally standard.
4. Continental Hotel, Lagos
This impressive skyscraper sits comfortably in Victoria Island. The building is an iconic symbol in Lagos and is the tallest hotel in Nigeria standing at 100 meters. The structure contains 25 stories and two basements 10 meters below ground. The basement is built to accommodate cars with a capacity of over 300 cars. This structure is truly magnificent and is one of the most impressive edifices in Nigeria.
5. Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Akwa Ibom
In the world of Nigerian football, this amazing structure is the most beautiful stadium, home to the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles. It was built in 2014 by Julius Berger, and is located at the capital of Akwa Ibom, Uyo. It is a 30,000-seater sports complex with digital screens, digital floodlights, and digital scoreboards. Furthermore, it also has 30 emergency exits and bulletproof VIP and VVIP sections. This beauty has also been used for many other events other than sports.
6. Civic Center, LagosEmbed from Getty Images
Another architectural edifice to keep an eye out for is the Civic Center in Victoria Island, Lagos. This beauty is an incredible complex with luxury amenities that would tempt anyone. It also boasts an amazing natural landscape view, meeting rooms, banquet halls, and incredible technology that just makes life easier.
7. Ministry of Defense, Abuja
Also known as “Ship House”, this building is designed in the shape of a ship. It is the headquarters of the Nigerian army, Navy and Air force. This magnificent and imposing structure demands attention from every eye. The building is considered one of the most architecturally controversial buildings in Abuja. It is also one of the unique architectural designs in Nigeria.
8. NNPC towers, Abuja
Located in Hebert Macauley Way, Abuja, this skyscraper is one that’s difficult to miss. Built in 1996, the structure stands at 75 meters. It has 15 floors and four identical towers. It is the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) and has an eye-catching design that makes it stand out.
9. ECOWAS Secretariat, Abuja
This architectural marvel is the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is a striking beauty and never fails to catch the attention of the passers-by. It has a unique court style and is designed in the shape of the letter “H”.
10. International Conference Center, Abuja
This is another awe-inspiring edifice situated at the Federal Capital Territory. It is popularly called ICC and is a beauty to behold. The cosmopolitan conference center is a major venue in the country. The facilities are standard, and it has a beautiful environment. The most striking feature of this edifice is the enormous curving roof that will catch anyone’s attention. It also boasts aesthetic features with its luxurious interiors.
If you didn’t know about architecture in Nigeria, now you do. These aren’t nearly even half of the amazing structures Nigeria has to offer. Despite the fact that Nigeria is still a developing country, the nation isn’t lacking in architecture. The future is very bright for the country where architecture is concerned, and I believe that more edifices that will demand international recognition are yet to be constructed.