Friday, February 15, 2013


N  I  G  E  R  I  A 

Abuja Centenary City
The financial hub of Africa
by Rogelio Jimenez Pons & Luisvicente Flores Suárez


  • The Abuja Centenary City will be the financial hub of the capital of Nigeria.
  • An efficient business enclave will position Nigeria as a key player in the global financial arena.
  • The new city will be sustainable because it balances economic, social, cultural and environmental factors to produce harmonic development.
  • The Abuja Centenary City is part of the celebration of the Independence Centenary of Nigeria, therefore, certain buildings and locations will be identified as venues and will be included in the program of the celebration.
  • The Centenary City is a project of the future. It will be a high profitable entity for the government agencies, investors and users because of its designation as a “duty free zone” and “tax shelter” with special banking regulations.
  • The new city will be one of the most powerful catalyst that will trigger opportunities for better social and economic development in Nigeria.
  • The decision makers of Nigeria have provided excellent conditions and land for development, now it is up for the investors and technicians to perform the highest quality work to make this project a reality.


  • Abuja Centenary City is located on the Abuja-Airport highway
  • A new express railway will link the Airport, Abuja Centenary City and Abuja.


  • The main natural features of the site are the rocks and the river.
  • The river will become a lake. The rocks will be the natural backdrop of the new city.


  • The basic strategy in the design is the concentration of corporate and commercial buildings and dispersion of living and service areas around the centre. A large number of mixed-use mid-rises and high-rises in the central core of the new city.
  • Concentration of complementing buildings ensures an efficient infrastructure network and allows larger expanses of green areas.
  • Metropolitan level facilities, such as the Health Center, Communication Hub and University Campus are located close to the regional highways.
  • Perimetrical lower densities give space for a “green belt” that will act as a buffer zone for the new city.
  • The design of the new city will be consistent with a modern business district with a clear urban structure and well defined neighborhoods and areas. The city will provide a secure and high quality environment due to a careful and coherent sustainable design.
  • The space between the corporate and commercial center and residential areas will be landscaped and balanced harmonically with nature, particularly around the lake. As the central backbone will run from the south rock to the north rock, a dramatic contrast of the buildings and the central park against the natural backdrop of rock outcropping will give the place a unique and natural feel.


  • The main natural features of the site are the rocks and the river.
  • The river will become a lake. The rocks will be the natural backdrop of the new city.


  • Several iconic buildings will give the city a unique identity and will serve as venues for the independence celebrations.
  • The main landmark will be the tallest building in Africa. (More than 465 meters high).


  • The design is clear and easy to read, allowing both the residents and the visitors to have and orientation system that provides a safety and comfort feel.
  • The neighborhoods will take into account human scale to encourage social interaction.
  • Distinctive buildings such as the Convention Centre and high-end hotels, plus some of the government buildings like the museums are located near the lake. 


  • The highest density and the highest buildings are located along the Central Park. Therefore, the investment value and the cost of land will be higher in that area. Gradually, as you fan out, the density will be reduced and will give way to ecological reserve areas and a green belt.