• One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects

Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects  
Location: Accra,  Ghana
Project Team: Mario Cucinella, Luca Bertacchi (Architect in charge and Site Architect), Nada Balestri, Fabrizio Bonatti, Alberto Bruno, Hyun Seok Kim, Giulia Pentella, Giuseppe Perrone, Luca Sandri, Luca Stramigioli; Yuri Constantini (model maker)
Project Year: 2015
Photographer: Fernando Guerra, FG+SG
Website: www.mcarchitects.it

Area: 20000 sqm
Structural Engineers: Politecnica
Local Structural Engineers: Twum Boafo & Partners
MEP Engineers: BDSP
Environmental Consultants: BDSP
Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon and A-kon Consults Ltd
Space Planner: DEGW
Development Manager: Laurus Development Partners
Developer:  Laurus Development Partners, Ghana MEP ENGINEERS ChapmanBDSP, UK Impactech, Ghana
Environmental sustainability and green star consultants:  ChapmanBDSP, UK
Quantity Surveyors: AECOM, UK A-Kon Consult Limited, Ghana
Fire Engineers: Jeremy Gardner Associates, London David Afful, Ghana
Acoustic Consultants: Yaw Asante, Ghana G Building, Lebanon
EPA Consultants: S Ayeh & Ayeh, Ghana
Main Contractor: Micheletti, Ghana

One Airport Square is a world-class multi-functional building minutes’ walk from the most important venues in the city. It was designed by the award-winning sustainability architect, Mario Cucinella Architects.
It hosts 2,000 sqm of commercial spaces on the ground floor and ten-floor office block on the southwest of the lot, due to the specific form and orographic features of the site.

One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects

From the Architect. One Airport Square is a multi-functional building. It hosts commercial spaces on the ground floor and a ten-floor office block on the southwest of the lot, due to the specific form and orographic features of the site. In view of the desire for a contrast between the project area and the surrounding townscape, the rendezvous space for employees and the public received special attention. Here, the space was configured as a public square, open on the northeast side of the lot while shielded by the commercial floor, arranged as a ring (shops, restaurants, self-service catering establishments). The generously proportioned square is suitable for various events, fairs or other activities, and may be used as an exhibition space for permanently installed works of art. Such initiatives, together with the commercial activities, will bring the area to life, by day and by night.

In view of the desire for a contrast between the project area and the surrounding townscape, the rendezvous space for employees and the public received special attention.
The generously proportioned square is suitable for various events, fairs or other activities, and may be used as an exhibition space for permanently installed works of art. Such initiatives, together with the commercial activities, will bring the area to life, by day and by night.

One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects
Aesthetic elements and architectural design inspired by the traditional local art and by the bark of the palm trees typical of that area, closely linked to environmental strategies to provide a viable solution to climate problems. The building envelope is the key element that demonstrates the integration between form, structure and environmental strategies. The building envelope is the key element that demonstrates the integration between form, structure and environmental strategies. The building, which is compact in form, contains within it a large hall the function of which is to provide lighting and to facilitate natural ventilation of the interiors. Variation of depth of the shafts determines the configuration of three office types: maxi, midi and mini. A defining element of the building is the movement generated by the projecting terraces, which gradually recede as they rise, floor by floor. These section variations enable increased flexibility in configuring the environments in accordance with the varying requirements of prospective tenants.

 

The building also boasts of landscaped public gardens and a spectacular roof terrace. It will be the first building in Ghana to have been awarded 4-Stars (Design Stage) by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). One Airport Square is set to become one of the city’s most prominent design landmarks. ne Airport Square is the first building in Ghana to have been awarded 4-Stars (Design Stage) by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The project was designed based on a detailed analysis of the site, the topographical and optimal orientation to become a point of reference and example for the new generation of office buildings in West Africa. At this latitude, the sun's path makes it particularly exposed to solar radiation fronts east and west. This, combined with medium to high temperatures present during the entire course of the year, made it necessary to adopt strategies to reduce the need to cool the building.

The building won the International Property Awards Africa: Best Office Architecture Ghana in 2012-2013

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