Ghana‘s architecture has long been tied to local building materials. From traditional thatch roofs and mud walls to contemporary concrete and glass structures, the country’s built environment is a refection of the surrounding context. This is true for urban and rural projects alike, and as new educational buildings are created across Ghana, these spaces reflect the country’s landscape as they look to the future of learning
Today, Ghana’s new learning environments are a product of functional needs and the country’s cultural landscape. The following educational projects were built over the last three years, showcasing diverse approaches to tectonics, vernacular building techniques, and local site conditions. Echoing the post-independence development that occurred after 1957, more recent works were built alongside a boom in the construction sector as the Ghanaian economy continues to grow. The following projects illustrate how rural schools and libraries are designed outside Ghana’s larger cities like Accra and Kumasi.
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