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Adjaye reveals designs for Ghana’s national cathedral

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Adjaye Associates is to design a National Cathedral of Ghana, which will host presidential inaugurations and state funerals

The practice, which has studios in London and New York, unveiled its proposals for the ceremonial multi-faith landmark in Accra.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo showcased the scheme in a ceremony marking Ghana’s 61st year as an independent nation.

Practice founder and principal David Adjaye – who was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents – said: ‘It is an immense honour to be granted the opportunity to contribute something of this scale and import to my home country.

‘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.’

The cathedral will be situated within 5.5ha of newly landscaped gardens adjacent to Osu Cemetary.

It will house a series of impressive chapels, a baptistery, a 5,000-seat, two-level auditorium, a grand central hall, a music school, choir rehearsal space, art gallery, shop and multi-use spaces.

It will also be home to Africa’s first Bible Museum and Documentation Centre, dedicated to Christianity and nation-building in Ghana.

Adjaye Associates will commission Ghanaian and African artists to create the cathedral’s religious adornment and interior furnishings in collaboration with the practice.

Adjaye Associates' National Cathedral of Ghana processional axis

Adjaye Associates’ National Cathedral of Ghana processional axis

Adjaye Associates’ National Cathedral of Ghana processional axis

A new ceremonial route and landscape will link the cathedral site to prominent landmarks such as Independence Square, Osu Cemetery, the State House and Africa Unity Circle.

President Akufo-Addo said: ‘The cathedral will address the missing link in our nation’s architecture by providing a church of national purpose. It will be an interdenominational 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.’

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