For the Dutch Ambassador in Accra, Ghana, the existing residency build in the 1960’s required modifications to improve the comfort. On a modest sloping site near the embassy, a two-storey house was build, with extra space in the basement, an adaption of (Dutch) modernism, related to the local climate and culture.
The structural bearing, where the columns and floors are emphasised, are giving the building its flexibility and lightness. Within this structure, solid walls are alternating with glass facades.
The building wraps itself around existing palmtrees and the sloping earth, making clear it wants to be respectful to its surroundings.
Completed in 2005.