The Kigali Convention Complex (KCC) comprising a congress centre for 2,600 people with an iconic spiral steel dome, a five-star convention hotel and an IT-park, is expected to boost the local economy by increasing contacts with other countries. Following the examples of Dubai and Singapore the small country of Rwanda therefore wants to become a service hub in East Africa. A 40 m high steel dome, incorporating a helix as a typical motif of hut settlements in Rwanda, is located at the centre of the convention complex. The triangulated grid of the roof dome is composed of rigidly connected circular hollow sections (CHS). Whereas the convention hotel was designed as a reinforced concrete skeleton construction offering a high degree of flexibility. Kigali is located in one of the most active earthquake zones worldwide, thus extensive earthquake investigations were required. Structural design was carried out according to Eurocode standards under consideration of local load requirements. Planning phases have been in line with typical German regulations.