Ghana National Cathedral

The Ghana National Cathedral, designed by British-Ghanian Architect Sir David Adjaye will be set within 5.5 hectares of landscaped gardens and linked to Accra’s most prominent landmarks via a new ceremonial route including Osu Cemetery, the Independence Square, State House, and Africa Unity Circle. The cathedral serves as a catalyst for spiritual harmony, reconciliation among faiths and compassion in the world. It will be an inter-denominational house of worship where all Christians can unite. The cathedral will host a 5,000 seat auditorium beneath its dramatic concave roof as well as a series of chapels, a baptistery, a music school, art gallery and Africa’s first bible museum.

Steensen Varming is providing the lighting and sustainability design with an extensive study on daylight and ventilation for this project to meet net zero sustainability targets. The lighting masterplan is to echo the spiritual and architectural vision for the cathedral and create a unique experience within each space. This includes working with artists commissioned to create unique art pieces for the cathedral; as well as developing a hierarchy and wayfinding throughout the building and it’s grounds.