The emerging East African country of Rwanda is on the way to developing itself in the long run to the service center of Africa. As a pilot project, a convention centre was built in the capital Kigali consisting of a 5-star hotel and a congress centre for 2,600 people. At the heart of this is the congress building with its 40 m high steel dome, incorporating a helix as a typical motif of hut settlements in Rwanda. The steel structure is composed of triangular meshes made of welded hollow steel sections. The hotel was designed as a reinforced concrete skeleton construction offering a high degree of flexibility. Kigali is in one of the most active earthquake zones in the world, which made it necessary to perform extensive earthquake investigations. The planning was carried out entirely consistent with German standards and planning phases.