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
Program mixed, public, landscape, infrastructure, residential, educational
Team Alexander D’Hooghe, Aaron Weller, Yoon Young Cho, Kobi Ruthenberg