The Kwame Nkrumah Presidential Library was designed by the architect Mario Cucinella and conceived by Samia Yaba Nkrumah who has dedicated it to her late father Kwame Nkrumah, the political leader who drove Ghana to independence in 1957. The library was born from the dream of Samia Nkrumah who is now the leading political figure of the Convention People's Party (CPP) which her father founded.

This project seeks to not only promote cultural improvement but also advocate a model of sustainable development capable of mitigating the environmental issues in Ghana a dream shared by Samia Nkrumah. The library is conceived as a gargantuan "knowledge center" based on education in all forms. Actually, the edifice constitutes a mixed functional program that addresses the issue of education as a whole by the provision of not only reading spaces and consultation but also spaces of encounter and confrontation.

The design includes spaces for events and conferences and gathering spaces, workshops, reading rooms, green spaces and restaurants. In addition, the design will host rooms and laboratories where music classes, art and handicrafts sessions could be held. This project will become part of Ghana's educational system representing the main tool to train the next generation and also offer the opportunity to train new professionals in the field of culture and education. The library will be situated in Akosombo, on the riverside of Volta lake which is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world serving also as an important water reserve Ghana's power generation.

This six storey building connected through ramps and walk ways has circular plans developed around a big central void allowing free and diversified arrangement of areas. The main hall and children's areas are located at the ground floor which will be connected to the first floor where spaces dedicated to workshops, laboratories, exhibitions of arts and architecture are located. The upper floors of the project will be occupied by consultation and reading rooms where a special space will be allocated to Kwame Nkrumah in order to keep his personal archives and writings. The top most level will be designed as a panoramic view point with restaurants and leisure. The 300-seat auditorium for conferences and events will be allocated at the basement. The library is bioclimatic in the sense that it will provide high standard of thermal comfort, audible and visual comfort throughout the year due to the balance between few elements namely shape, materials and technology. The use of sustainable materials such as wood will help promote the use of local materials which will in long term help mitigate climate change. Other sustainable techniques that will be integrated include the installation of photovoltaic panels in coverage for electricity production, installation for rain water recovery, the green will help in cooling.
Indeed this can be described as a befitting monument to the legacy of the founding father.
Source : archijenga.com

 

 

 

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