By demonstrating the possibility of building high-rise in an equatorial, earthquake-risk location, the scheme for Villaggio Vista offers a new housing prototype for Ghana’s emerging middle-class.
Four buildings, ranging from seven to 30 storeys, are positioned to capture a central leafy landscape, each distinguished by a boldly patterned skin, inspired by Kente weavings, and cantilevering upper floors. The scheme comprises 146 apartments, offices and retail accommodation, a gym, rooftop terrace and pools with a residents’ bar atop the tallest of the towers.
Within its office and residential portfolio AHMM has designed and delivered a number of tall buildings. In tower design there are key considerations to ensure exemplary design quality, including careful analysis of how the tower meets the ground or plinth, and evolving an elegant but pragmatic approach to the articulation of the façade. They were able to successfully resolve these challenges in the Villaggio development.
LOCATION: North Airport Road, Accra, Ghana
ARCHITECTS: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan Koopmans
Client: Metropolis Developments
Developer: Trasacco Estates Development Company Ltd.
Main Contractor: Trasacco Estates Development Company Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Services Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
Landscape Architect: D.I.R.T. Studios