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Working on a dream: As Africa’s economy
continues to grow, investment in new sports
venues and infrastructure is also booming
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inhabitants, Nigeria’s capital
of Lagos is the most
populated city in the African
continent and one of the
fastest growing cities in the world.
The economy in Lagos is growing rapidly
with the city generating around 10% of the
country’s GDP as large corporations,
commercial banks, and financial institutions
located in the central business district have
established it as the economic hub of Africa’s
financial and commercial business sectors.
In addition, the ever-growing information
communications and telecommunications
(ICT) industry has a large share of its market
in the bustling West African city.
Alongside this economic growth, other
industries are benefitting from the boom,
including sport, which is witnessing an
investment in new and innovative
infrastructure. With soccer the most popular
sport in Lagos, architectural company
Vision4Venue is embarking on the exciting
opportunity to create a new home for its
most followed teams.
Dream Theater Lagos aims to be one
of the first multifunctional arenas in Sub-
Saharan Africa, complete with a retail area
and hotel. At the heart of the complex is
the multifunctional arena featuring two tiers
of tribunes for 14,800 spectators, including
1,465 business and VIP seats. The VIP areas are
placed under the second tier in the seating
bowl and consists of 32 VIP boxes, four VIP
lounges, and a sky bar. To also appeal to
corporate events there are conference rooms
with space for over 170 people.
The Dream Theater is a multipurpose and
efficient building, which would not only
host soccer, but it also presents the option
to divide its playing surface into two areas.
This allows for two events to be hosted at the
same time, meaning the pitch can be divided
into 12 small tennis courts or host concerts
and other cultural events.
The functional aspect of the facility
includes a retail area that offers a total area
of 150,000ft2 (13,900m2), where customers
will find 43 shops spread out over four floors,
along with four cinema rooms containing
180 seats each.
The facility also features an auditorium
with 1,120 seats, which is connected to the
VIP area in the multifunctional arena. Finally,
completing the multi-use offering, Dream
Theater Lagos also includes a 56-room hotel,
which is built over three floors.
The goal of the project is to combine
different uses into one building, with each
amenity working seamlessly together.
Vision4Venue was contracted by Landmark
Africa to support a team of architects to
achieve these goals. The company, which
has over 30 years of experience in designing
sports facilities, was involved in preliminary
drawings and room concept of the Dream
Theater Lagos project and to provide
consultancy for the technical and functional
elements of the project. n
(Main and right) The Dream Theater in
Lagos, Nigeria, shows how the multi-use
venue incorporates sport, retail and more