Project

Knowledge Center, Ghana

The Knowl­edge Center is a pilot research and development facility at Lake Volta for 24 residents, including common areas, including assembly rooms, offices, kitchen and dining, and recreational facilities (gardens, patio, soccer field, swimming pool). The high temperatures, bright sunlight, rainy seasons, and insect swarms suggested a research into a specific, locally adapted building type. Furthermore, local unskilled labor, in combination with a lack of diversity in available building materials, pointed to a building method based on concrete bricks.  The building is organized into zones with varying climate gradations. Every space or room is nested within a still larger space or room, with each transition between the layers serving a spatial and climatic purpose. The building contains several skins, each modulating temperature, and heat radiation. Specific breezeways determine a formal layout.  

Location
Afram Plains, Ghana

Client
Africa Atlantic

Year
2014 — 2016

Type
Concept

Area
2500m2

Program
mixed, public, landscape, infrastructure, residential, educational

Team
Alexander D’Hooghe, Aaron Weller, Yoon Young Cho, Kobi Ruthenberg

Collaborators
P-REX (Dir: Alan Berger)

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