Architecture, design

plans unveiled for new David Adjaye-designed Ghana National Cathedral

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In a ceremony marking Ghana’s 61st year as an independent nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled plans for a new National Cathedral of Ghana designed by Adjaye Associates. Led by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, OBE, the cathedral will be Adjaye's first major project in Accra (having previously worked only on private residential projects).

With a vision to be a physical embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality, the National Cathedral of Ghana will be the nation’s ceremonial landmark where all faiths will be welcomed: a place to gather, worship, and celebrate in spiritual like-mindedness. Situated within 14 acres of newly landscaped gardens adjacent to Osu Cemetery, the cathedral will feature a series of impressive chapels, a baptistry, a 5 000-seat two-level auditorium, a grand central hall, music school, choir rehearsal, art gallery, shop and multiuse spaces. It will also be home to Africa’s first Bible Museum and Documentation Centre, dedicated to Christianity and nation-building in Ghana.

'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.' – David Adjaye

During construction, the firm is planning to open its own office to cater to its growing clientele, adding to its existing bases in London and New York.

Adjaye – born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents – has already completed a host of buildings on the continent, including a children's cancer treatment centre in Rwanda and a plant-covered apartment block in Johannesburg. 'It is an immense honour to be granted the opportunity to contribute something of this scale and import to my home country,' says Adjaye.

For more information visit adjaye.com.