Ọbàfemi awolowo UNIVERSITY which seats on a 13,000 hectares space was suggested by Arieh Sharon(1900-1984),a well known Israeli architect that Ile-ife should be selected as the site for the second university in the western region of Nigeria.
Arieh Sharon’s designed OAU buildings in their dates of construction,but are made mainly from concretes and they are designed to confirm the tropical climate and sun exposure with ventilation provided through open hallways and stairways.
The faculty of arts and humanities was built between 1963 and 1965, with a Stark shape resembling reversed pyramids ,while the university Secretariat was constructed in 1968 .
The faculty of education of 1970 echoes the shape of humanities buildings with another upside down pyramid design . However the renowned odudwa hall formerly called “Assembly Hall” which was constructed between 1972 to 1976, the core most flamboyant building with an adjacent amphitheatre . The main building holds about 1400 seats. And the amphitheatre holds about 3,500 seats.
Arieh Sharon was also responsible for the early residence halls (1964); but construction did not cease with the completion of his works at OAU with his son ,ELDAR SHARON , HAROLD RUBIN and AMY LIMITED.
Later universities structures by other architect followed his modernist lead.
Notable additions includes the (faculty/college of health sciences building , and the locally dubbed “spider” the civil engineering building .
Ọbàfemi awolowo UNIVERSITY has been noted as the most beautiful university in Africa according to its architectural complexity. There’s more to broaching and commissioning structures, and it is management and thorough maintenance.
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