Isthme- Le Chaos Sensible

Dafni Filippa
Meriam Sehimi
Professur
Architectural Design and Participation
Projektarbeit

ACCRA, THE CAPITAL OF GHANA IS A BOOMING CITY IN WEST AFRICA. THE SEMESTER TASK IS TO DESIGN A MIXED-USE BUILDING IN JAMESTOWN, A VIBRANT QUARTER WHICH IS ONE OF THE OLD-EST AND HISTORICALLY MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL.
THE SURROUNDINGS ARE HETEROGENOUS: SHEDS, HUGE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, INFORMAL STRUCTURES AND HISTORICAL COLONIAL BUILDINGS CAN BE FOUND IN THE AREA. THE NORTH-WESTERN BORDER IS CONNECTED TO THE STREET, THE SOUTH-EASTERN PART IS FACING THE SEA. ROCKS LEAD DOWN TO THE WATER AND FORM A SMALL PENINSULA. THE AIM OF THE STUDIO ‘MIX IT UP’ IS TO DESIGN A MULTISTOREY BUILDING, WHICH FULFILLS DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS: IT PROVIDES APARTMENTS SUITABLE FOR GHANAIAN FAMILIES.

Our design scheme was majorly influenced not only from the site’s context but also from the psychology of the topographic and urban fabric.

While observing and analyzing the photos and videos of Accra, we were fascinated of
how the movement of lightweight elements could be transformed into architecture.Using similar moments in our building, we created a light penetrated canopy, which reveals moments of the program.

Sensing Africa’s transient nature, the concept’s priority is to capture and grow an architecture of empowerment while celebrating the generosity of spirit. The strong relation between human behaviour and topography defines our project’s identity.The Isthmus combined with the city’s density forms a sensible chaos, an ordered but also kinetic space.

Following the importance of freedom and expression, we aimed to create an open structure which blows out the space. The chosen program based on the notions of habitat, human dignity and identity orders a dynamic progression of space by generating a movement towards the sea.

In order to weave these 3 narratives together we positioned “Activation Points”. These notations are initiating our programs growth and dynamic, either pulling or releasing tension between the spaces. Rather than just working with forms, we imagined them as being forces, and leading energies in our concept. Similarly to a butterfly effect, a movement of a space causes the activation of another.

The project challenges Accra’s creative expression while focusing on gifting Freedom through Architecture.

ELEVATION
DUE TO THE MODULARITY AND ADAPTIVITY, EACH FLOOR HAS A UNIQUE CHARACTER.
Ground Level
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Progression towards the ocean
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Exterior views
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Affordable Housing
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anthropocentrism
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