Work

Kempinski Hotel and Galleria

Location

Accra, Ghana, Africa

Elevating cultural expectations

As foreign and portfolio investments in Africa continue to climb, stakeholders of Accra, Ghana, worked to create a master planned community intended to define a new level of quality in art, design and hospitality and serve as a landmark for the city. Page led the master planning process and designed the five-star Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, which offers a high-end mixed use and lifestyle experience. The complex introduces European luxury while staying true to Ghanaian culture.

The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is an oasis within the historic neighborhood of Victoriaborg. It sits back from a wide boulevard and esplanade, creating a grand arrival experience. Commercial office towers and parking garages provide the backdrop for Kempinski’s own three-level shopping center, located across the boulevard. In addition to high-end retail, the Galleria Mall also has a modern food hall inspired by traditional Ghanaian markets.

Services

  • Architecture
  • Housing / Hospitality
  • Planning / Urban Design
  • Engineering
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Meeting global expectations

The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is located in an area populated by several major embassies, including Germany and the United Kingdom. Several of Accra’s upscale hotels and Ghanaian administrative offices are located nearby. Thus, the architecture of the hotel needed to meet the standards of a Western government building with a focus on security.

© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics
© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics

Maintaining brand standards

Page worked with the Kempinski Middle East and Africa Team to ensure the design met the expectations of the Kempinski brand. It was also important to integrate the hotel and Galleria shopping center located across the boulevard from each other. Another priority was quality control throughout the project.

Acknowledging the cultural importance of art in Ghana

Art and architecture are stronger than ever in hospitality and the psychological influence of these elements on a facility’s users has been proven. At Kempinski Gold Coast City, many of the hotel’s surfaces are purposefully neutral to allow art to stand out.

© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics

Page also created moments throughout the spaces that emphasize art including dedicated gallery spaces in both the hotel and the shopping galleria across the boulevard.

The heart of the hotel

The hotel is based on the traditional Ghanaian compound style of housing, which incorporates generous exterior social spaces. In the same way that a courtyard in a Ghanaian house is an urban retreat for music, cooking, and religious expression, the Kempinski’s central courtyard with the pool is the heart of the hotel.

© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics

Extending hospitality into mixed use

Page designed the three levels of high-end retail and commercial office space in the Galleria center with substantial underground parking. It houses a carefully selected tenant mix of both local favorites and premium international brands that opened flagship stores for the first time in Ghana.

© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics

More than prepared

Both the electric grid and water system in Accra suffer from outages but it was critical to Kempinski and to the Gold Coast City planning team to meet Western standards by ensuring the reliability of both at the compound. Standby generators and an onsite water treatment were installed at the hotel that will provide up to three days of water and power.

© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics
© Albert Večerka / ESTO Photographics
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A plan for the future

Gold Coast City was planned to elevate Accra’s stature as capital city of Ghana as a model community for sustainable design and economic development. Future phases of this mixed-use development include commercial towers and residential highrises with views of both the ocean and the city that will also offer access to private recreational activities.

Big numbers, big job

  • 342,000 SQUARE FEET IN KEMPINSKI GOLD COAST CITY
  • 19,700 SQUARE FEET OF HIGH-END MIXED USE SPACE
  • 269 GUEST ROOMS INCLUDING 24 SUITES
  • 86 ACRES

Testimonial

Threading a needle

“It’s a balancing act to integrate cultures into a design and respect both without diminishing either. Based on the feedback since the hotel opened, I’d say we accomplished that.”

John Clegg, AIA, LEED AP

Page Principal, Design

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