Ecobank Ghana head office building is much more than a standalone design. It forms part of its unique setting in every aspect. The spirit of Ghana is supported from the contextual facade to its upbeat interior. Taking into consideration the challenging weather patterns and long distances over which the project was managed, the project required a hands on approach from all consultants at all times.
Held at the 9th API Summit and Expo 2018, Africa’s largest investment and development conference, recognised innovation and outstanding achievement across the entire property industry in 11 categories. The categories covered projects and the leaders shaping the future of Africa’s real estate sector. These categeries covered: Retail, Office, Mixed Use, Green Building, Hotel, Alternative Asset, Architectural Design, High-end residential, logistics and best women in Property.
The winning developments and people came from Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritius and Rwanda, and critically provided a moment of peer recognition for completed projects, says the managing Director of API Events Kfir Rusin.
The projects were judged on a wide range of criteria including location, infrastructure and transport access, integration into the environment, originality of the concept, technical and architectural quality, services offered, sensitivity to the local community, innovation, sustainability, corporate staff involvement, response to market demands, financial performance, occupancy, and the impact of the project on economic convergence. Ecobank Ghana emerged as the best office development at the event.
Located in the Capital of Ghana, this new office building for Ecobank Ghana is strategically situated in the West Ridge, Accra’s financial district. The overall vision of this 17 950m² building, was to create a world-class facility that is contextually rooted and celebrates the spirit of Accra.
The development is defined by best practice green principles in creating an energy efficient building. The development is characterized by two building components mediated by a multi volume entrance atrium which enhances movement connectivity.
The tallest element houses the office component at 14 storeys high, while the lower component houses the banking hall complimented by meeting rooms, canteen and auditorium.This building resembles a meaningful and sustainable contribution to the built environment Of Accra.
This provocative building with a total area of 18 000m² was designed by a consortium of Ghanaian and South African architects. The local and site architects being Mobius, lead by KNUST graduate Augustus Richardson and the Main architects,arc Pretoria.
At ground level the building is clad with limestone firmly rooting it into the earth and forming tactile surfaces. A lightweight metal brise soleil is used to protect the glass façade where the sun strikes, and a perforated metal jali screen offers solar protection at the lower levels, as well as being used to depict a map of the world, and a larger drawing of Africa.
The bank is orientated on an axis leading towards the concrete obelisk in Africa Liberation Square, and there is a real declaration of optimism in this building. The quality of the finish is exceptional and build quality excellent.