Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer create concrete gallery in Accra - architecture and design

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.

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.

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.
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."

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.

"The lower surface...
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