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David Adjaye designs National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra

British architect David Adjaye has revealed designs for Ghana’s National Cathedral, to be built in the country’s capital city of Accra.

To host a 5,000-seat auditorium, series of chapels, baptistery, music school, art gallery and Africa’s first bible museum, the cathedral will be Adjaye Associate’s first major project in Accra. While it has worked on private residential projects there, the practice is now planning to open its own office in Accra to cater to its growing project list, which includes the Princes Town Resort and Elmina College.

Adjaye — who was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents — has designed a number of buildings across Africa, including a children’s cancer treatment centre in Rwanda and the Alara Concept Store in Nigeria.

The National Cathedral of Ghana will be constructed next to the city’s Osu Cemetery, set within 5.5 hectares of landscaped gardens, and will feature a dramatic concave roof.

According to the architect, the design concept hopes to seamlessly and symbolically intertwine religion, democracy and local tradition, and reference local culture throughout.

The building will be topped by an ascending series of pitched roofs and feature a concave front elevation. The entrance will be built with slats of timber, reached through a set of sweeping stairs.

“I have sought to craft a building that not only understands its landscape, but one that will be unique to Accra and the Ghanaian nation,” said Adjaye, whose practice will also work with several Ghanaian artists and religious adornments for the interiors.

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