The new mixed-use Lagos development, Alaro City, a joint venture between the Lagos State Government and Rendeavour, has been named winner of the international Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in the master plan category.
The city’s master plan, according to the promoters, was shortlisted from a range of large-scale international projects and was the only entrant from the African region.
The Chief Executive Officer of Alaro City, Odunayo Ojo, said the award was a testament to the fact that the developers were building a city that Nigeria would be proud of in such a vibrant and unparalleled metropolis like Lagos.
“We were honoured to be nominated alongside complex projects such as the Amazon HQ2 supersite in Dallas and the 5M project in San Francisco,” he said.
Inaugurated in January 2019, Alaro City is planned as a 2,000-hectare mixed-use city that will include industrial and logistics locations, complemented by offices, homes, schools, health care facilities, hotels, entertainment and 150 hectares of parks and open spaces.
Ojo stated that the ArchitizerA+Awards, in its seventh year, is an internationally acclaimed programme focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture, adding that the ‘popular choice’ winners were selected through public online voting after a 10-day campaign with more than 400,000 votes from over 100 countries.
He explained that Alaro City’s master plan was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the largest architecture and urban planning organisations in the world.
The Director at SOM City Design Practice, Daniel Ringelstein, said the Alaro City master plan was designed in a way that would protect and enhance the unique conditions of the site while enabling long-term resilience for the future city.
He said, “Alaro City helps strengthen Lagos’ position as the economic and cultural hub for West Africa by creating a new mixed-use model sustainable community – a place for people to work, make, live, and learn.”