Restoring the large Brazzaville house
It took approximately one year and a team of ten people working full time to fully restore this house, not counting the exterior repairs such as treating the surface of the metallic parts.
As we had opted for long-term conservation that respects the structural integrity of the house, we had no other option than full restoration, just as one would do for a vintage car.
We carefully kept all the constituent parts of the house, including the corroded parts. However, considering the state of decay of the sheet steel components comprising the bearing platform, we decided to restore it to its original state, so that the exterior of the house could be exhibited and the house could once again become totally safe for use.
The axial portal frames and the sheet steel frame were in excellent condition and required no surface treatment. We kept one leg of a portal frame in its condition, after the appropriate stripping, to show how it had been well preserved.
The aluminum sheet coverings: facade panels, doors, balustrades and roof deckings had all been well preserved. However, a lot of work was required to fix all the dents, slashes, bullet impacts, tears and many more caused by the weather and by man.