Palaces are built for kings, right? Well we don’t know the king who owns this but it’s definitely worth looking at. The palace was built in Nigeria by Israeli architects Shalom Davidovich and Hanan Peri of PeriDavidovich Architects.
In a piece published by Israeli news site Haaretz, the architects spoke about the features of the palace and the processes in its development.
The team received the invitation from the ‘mogul’ and his wife to prepare a detailed proposal for designing and furnishing a “palace”. At the start, they created a 3-D animation of what the proposed building would look like, both inside and out. Over the course of seven months, they prepared a simulation of all the spaces in the palace down to the lighting, colour of the marble and design of armchairs.
They presented the clip to the client and he and his family gave them a yes.
After six years, the palace is now a reality in Nigeria. It is situated on a 35-dunam (roughly 10-acre) plot near the village of Issele-Uku in the Delta state, and covers an area of 12,000 square meters. These are divided (in the main structure) between a basement, an entrance floor and a residential floor, and among a large number of buildings, including a servants’ house and an entry pavilion used by the security guards.
The architects also noted that the client and his wife already had houses in the cities of Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, as well as in Europe and the Persian Gulf. The new house is meant to be used for family vacations and on holidays, as well as serving as a luxurious residence in which to host – and impress – guests.
It boasts of large guest rooms, separated from one another, because he [the owner] likes to maintain distance between the guests; corridors that make it possible to pass among the spaces without being seen; a smoking room and an indoor pool.
The capacious premises also house a cinema, discotheque, hair salon, bowling alley and separate 350-square-meter suites for the couple, as well as a selection of guest suites. It also has its own water-purification system and electrical generator.
Photos of the interior and exterior parts of the palace
Photo Credit: PeriDavidovich