DLC's design was inspired by the Senegalese culture and landscape.

Senegal Sidewalk
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Its sharp curves and sloping lines mimic the amorphous patterns of algae in a nearby lake, as well as the silhouettes of traditional female sculptures.

To stay connected to the natural landscape, each structure is made with copper — an element found in the earth's crust.

Senegal Night
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Other materials used during construction include glass, steel, and concrete panels, which coalesce to form a shimmering mosaic of buildings.

Senegal's most famous tree, the baobab, was a key source of inspiration for the project.

Senegal Building
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Although they can live for 2,500 years, baobabs have been victims of climate change and rising global temperatures. DLC works to combat these forces by installing green roofs and implementing renewable energy technology. It's also one of the first LEED certified projects in the country.

In addition to being highly accessible for pedestrians and those with disabilities, DLC is located just 15 minutes from the country's new Blaise Diagne international airport. When completed, it will house its own train station.

Senegal Building 2
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DLC's entertainment district features a mall (shown below), national library, and high-end residential housing.

Senegal Mall
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It also includes a five-star hotel.

Senegal Hotel
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The city's "fashion walk" offers yet another space for pedestrians to shop, eat, and convene.

Senegal Fashion Walk
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At night, the buildings bear a striking resemblance to the fictional city of Wakanda.

Senegal Finance Building
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Earlier this year, DLC buildings were mistakenly used in promotional material for Akon's Crypto City, a theoretical community modeled after the Black Panther metropolis.