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  Labadi Masterplan, Accra, Ghana
 
 
Ranked by the United Nations Humane Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) in collaboration with the German multinational company Siemens on The Green City Index as one of Africa’s greenest cities, Accra has an estimated population of 2.3 million, being the most densely populated urban area in Africa after Cairo. The site is located approximate 10 min drive from the Kotoka international airport, close to Accra downtown, to Tema seaport and also in the immediate vicinity of city most popular beach - Labadi. IN 1967 the international fair trade was organized on the site. Some of the structures built for the event, are occasionally being used. The size, the location and its natural elements makes it the perfect site for a mixed used development that will include a business hub with offices, hotels and a convention center; a mix of low, medium and high rise residential; retail spaces; and a university campus. The architecture will mix local traditional elements of art and architecture with local modern architecture. Traditional Kassena tribe architecture inspired some of the building shapes. The finishes will also include treatments that will resemble local art. Pattern screens inspired from the local traditional art will be installed in front of the glass walls to control the amount of heat gain during the day. The density of the pattern can be modulated to control the amount of sunlight and transparency into the interior. This is a similar technique with the one the Akan people in the Asante areas used to filter light into their buildings. The development will contribute to the city pursuit for green strategies and will include a diversified range of green solutions (i.e. green roofs, cross ventilation, passive cooling, stack ventilation, sun shading, thermal mass cooling, evaporative cooling, and rainwater collection). The hotels and the office buildings will have operable facades, double skins, exterior sun screens. An emphasis will be placed on the use of local materials.






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