David Adjaye Reveals Design for Ghanian Cathedral
David Adjaye has unveiled the first renderings for a new cathedral slated for construction in Accra, Ghana. The National Cathedral of Ghana will house 5,000 seats beside the Osu Cemetery, which hosts nearly 15 acres of landscaped gardens.
The two-level design will be crowned with dramatic, pitched roofs that include a concaved front. A grand staircase will lead visitors toward the entrance, which will be clad with timber slats. Bespoke furnishings will punctuate the interior along with artwork from artists in Ghana and Africa at large. Several grand chapels will be created along with a baptistery, musical school, shop choir facilities, an art gallery, and a large central hall. The continent’s first Bible museum is also slated to open onsite.
“The Cathedral will address the missing link in our nation’s architecture by providing a Church of national purpose,” said Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “It will be an inter-denominational house of worship and prayer, as well as serve as the venue for formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals and national thanksgiving services.”
Adjaye Associates will also launch a new office in the Ghanian capital to cater to its blooming clientele.