Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer create concrete gallery in Accra

Architect Baerbel Mueller and architectural designer Juergen Strohmayer have created a multi-use gallery for the Nubuke Foundation in Ghana.

Named Nubuke Extended, the one-room rectangular building is an extension to the arts and culture institution's headquarters in Accra.

Nubuke Extended by Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer

Built by the entrance to the Nubuke Foundation grounds, the elevated concrete gallery is raised above the organisation's gardens.

The shaded space underneath the buildings was designed for music events and other larger gatherings to maximise the use of the site.

Nubuke Extended by Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer

Inside the building, Nav_S Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer created an open, high-ceilinged gallery with a mezzanine level.

The versatile space can be used for site-specific artworks and exhibitions, as well as for events and performances.

Nubuke Extended by Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer

The gallery also has an integrated rail system for hanging artworks, panels or curtains, creating additional ways to use the room.

"Nubuke provides a large variety of day and evening programs that cater to diverse audiences," Mueller said.

"The design of Nubuke Extended responds to this programmatic layering through a generosity of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow hosting a variety of scenarios, both intimate and expansive."

Nubuke Extended by Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer

Mueller and Strohmaye wanted to create a building that resonates within its environment.

"We like to think of the building as a six-sided box and that each side has been treated with a climatic strategy," said Strohmayer.

Nubuke Extended by Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer

"The lower surface of the box is raised with a green roof on top," he said. "The eastern and western walls are the more closed walls, which help keep out the strong sun in this tropical part of the world, and the ends of the tube are chopped open to create very large apertures."

"The windows have views into existing landscape features and are oriented according to the prevailing wind direction," he continued.

Nubuke Extended by Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer

In addition to designing the gallery, the architects refurbished the Nubuke Foundation's existing buildings on the site.

Previously, one building was home to both exhibitions spaces, offices, storage and shops. It has now been opened up and works as a creative co-working space.

Nubuke Extended is meant to function as a cultural and civic hub in Accra's expanding metropolitan area, with both local and regional programming.

Accra is also set to get a 5,000-seat National Cathedral, designed by British architect David Adjaye. Plans for the project were revealed in 2018.

Photography is by Julien Lanoo.

Project credits:

Architect: Nav_S Baerbel Mueller + Juergen Strohmayer
Local architect: orthner orthner & associates (OOA)
Structural engineer: Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure

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