Campus de Ouidah Bénin

The Ouidah campus in Benin is a major academic project carried out by the Sèmè City development agency as part of the Government Action Program (PAG 2021-2026). Hardel Le Bihan is coordinator architect of its realization, in team with the Taller de Arquitectura Ricardo Bofill (RBTA, Barcelona), Cobloc Architecture in Cotonou and the landscape designer Niez Studio. On an exceptional natural site, the ecocity dedicated to Made in Africa innovation will eventually spread over a 336 hectare site, developed by urban planners Atelier LD. The campus will be built around five innovation clusters. Hardel Le Bihan is building the Sports Academy, the incubator-makerspace, the conference center, academic buildings and student housing. The project is based on a bioclimatic and resilient approach, an active step to develop and strengthen local eco-construction sectors. Sustainable construction methods are favored, using standardized structures and frames for the academic (8m) and residential (6m) buildings, which, with their adapted heights and dimensions, offer modularity and scalability to adapt to programmatic hazards.

Ouidah, Benin
A Campus including academic buildings, a Sports Academy, conference hall, housing and services
Agence de développement Sèmè City (ADSC)
Hardel Le Bihan (commissioning architect), Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Cobloc architecture (associated architects), Niez Studio (landscape designer), Atomas (engineering), Peutz (acoustics), EVP Ingénierie (advisor structure), Elioth by Egis (advisor bioclimatic design)
Surface area
173 000 m² (Hardel Le Bihan 69 000 m²)
Consultation 2022, winning project
Architectural team
Project manager(s)
Philippe Monjaret (coordination du groupement moe), Simon Ferre, Takumi Goto, Sara Impera, Alberto Sacca
Priscilla Wazima (stagiaire)
Benin Campus Coordination In progress International Mixed use Sport Students

Centre for higher education, Paris

2017 Co-conception Facility Mixed use Mobility Paris Students Timber construction

Offices in Aubervilliers

2020 Aubervilliers Office Sport

Campus Engie

2018 Campus Competition La Garenne-Colombes Office Renovation Students Timber construction

RHV Tower, Dakar

2015 Competition Dakar High-rise building International