HOPE City

OBR (Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi)

Principal Architect: Paolo Brescia, Tommaso Principi, OBR Open Building Research S.r.l.
Location: Accra, Ghana.
Chronology: 2013 Pre-Concept Design.

HOPE City – Home Office People Environment – is a major mixed-use development, incorporating high quality residential, business, leisure, retail, hospitality, educational, cultural and recreational uses.

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The project arises over an area of 400 hectares including a mixed functional programme of about 3 million sqm of Gross Floor Area, hosting more than 65,000 citizens.

HOPE City is designed by the Italian architectural firm Open Building Research (OBR, Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi) in coordination with an international team of experts in engineering, economy, finance, mobility and environment. This project is part of the national development policy aiming to transform Ghana into a knowledge-society, a first choice for international investors and an active player in the global economy.

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Despite the traditional leading sectors of the country, Information and Communication Technologies are seeing a strong development. In this sense, HOPE City is a new international polarity. It is the most sustainable real estate development in Ghana and a milestone project for Africa.

HOPE City is not only a new technological hub, but also a completely new city, which is also a new worldwide cultural anchor, attracting international tourists, investors and trades, by hosting the largest Pan-African Contemporary Art Foundation and the Science Centre.

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The design investigates an alternative to the typical campus scheme, where single buildings are dedicated to specific functions, toward a new urban centrality with the same functional and social complexity to the city.

The towers are not a series of separated objects in the landscape, but define together a unique compound as a new urban polarity in the widespread cityscape, creating a very effective urban life based on easy and sustainable interconnectivity and visual-physical communication between people.

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Section

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Section

The clusters are composed to recreate the typical Ghanaian urban aggregation, which generates an inner space for the community. HOPE city is intended to promote – through Architecture – the sense of Community, sharing common values in common space.

HOPE City is the opportunity to demonstrate how urban planning and business capacities can merge together in a sustainable project, while still respecting the local environment, society, culture and traditions in a contemporary way.

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Interconectivity: a Day in HOPE City

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Plan

HOPE City will be a site sensitive dynamic organism, which will create an urban effect, merging an international lifestyle with African traditions.

It will be more than a campus, in which single buildings are dedicated to specific functions. It will be a city, in which there is a synergy between different functions and different classes, ethnic groups and heterogeneous tastes that come together. This approach will activate social interactions and a more fluid socialisation between people.

It will be a new city with a strong identity, promoting – through Architecture – the sense of belonging to a new Community, sharing common values in common spaces.

For this reason, the design of HOPE City is developed by OBR (Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi) to be unique, iconic, environmentally sustainable and socially attractive, arranged according to landscape criteria, including the tallest tower of Africa.

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Background
Ghana’s national development policy framework identifies infrastructure development - particularly within ICT and energy - as priority sectors.
HOPE City takes this as the starting point for a new urban settlement that will provide a range of quality spaces for living, working, education, visiting and enjoyment.
The project has already received considerable support from senior ministers of the Ghanaian Government, particularly Ministers of Finance, Tourism, Environment and Communications.
Consequently, part of the agenda is to ensure that technology and urban change play key roles in sustainable socio-economic development, with potential to serve as a major business location, a first choice for living, a major new tourism destination and attraction.

Engineering: Buro Happold.
Business Consulting: Happold Consulting.
Mobility Strategies: MIC Mobility in Chain.
Cost Management: GAD Studio.
Quantity Surveyor: Alinea Consulting.
International PR and Communications: ING media.
Functional Planning: JB Consulting.
Branding Design: Wordsearch.
Client: HOPE City Ltd.
Chairman: Roland Agambire.
CEO: Christopher Sims.
Dimensions: Site area 400 hectares.
Total Gross Floor Area 2,926,000 sqm.
Residential 1,610,000 sqm.
ICT 529,000 sqm.
Interchange Terminal 140,000 sqm.
R&D 130,000 sqm.
University 129,000 sqm.
Office 115,000 sqm.
Retail 64,000 sqm.
Hospitality 60,000 sqm.
Education 40,000 sqm.
Civic Amenities 32,000 sqm.
Sport Leisure 32,000 sqm.
Wellness 25,000 sqm.
Culture 20,000sqm.