Novotel Abidjan is the first UHPC (Ultra-High-Performance Concrete) project to be constructed in West Africa. It is located on the edge of Ebrie Lagoon in the Plateau business district of Abidjan, nicknamed ‘Little Manhatten’ because of its location and architecture. CCL was commissioned to create UHPC shading panels on the exterior of the building.


CCL’s objective was to create shading panels that ramp up from one elevation to the next to catch the natural sunlight. The panels had to be both practical and decorative to appeal to the hotel’s guests and ensure that the building was functional in such a hot climate. Due to the project being the first UHPC installation in the area, there had to be considerations for how and where the UHPC panels were manufactured.


The UHPC facade panels were manufactured by CCL at a local production facility in Abidjan, which is close to the construction site. Once completed, the four-star hotel will comprise 250 rooms, including 12 suites and an outdoor pool with a garden. A separate building as part of this project, Adagion, also featured UHPC panels. Inclined closed boxes were designed to provide shading from the sunrise.


  • No need for traditional reinforcement, which reduces costs and CO2 emissions.
  • High post-cracking tensile strength, so it is long-lasting with minimal maintenance.
  • A rapid construction schedule due to using local production facilities also led to additional cost savings.