Interview with Rosemary and Martin Orthner in one of Austria's biggest design magazines
Writer: Robert Haidinger
Nation Buildings Accra
Architects are using their craft to give Ghana an optimistic narrative fit for the 21st century. Can they ‘ignite the ambition of a country’?
Writer: Ed Stocker
World Bank / IFC Building
We are really proud to be part of it!
28 Sept 2021
Mr Daniel Krull, German Ambassador to Ghana on his part commended the government for its transformation agenda which included the digital drive to make GRA a top government institution.
Setting the standard for sustainable and affordable buildings in Ghana.
An introductory look into seven African women in architecture and the work that they are bringing to the table.
For three generations of women born between Ghana’s independence in 1957 and the turn of the century, architecture has served as an unparalleled incubation platform for worldforming possibilities.
The Legon City Lofts is a beautifully crafted piece of architecture that gives a Eurocentric feeling but at the same time responds to the demands of its tropical context.
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OOA is featured in this years edition of Domus 50 best architecture firms 2020, with the focus on identifying the world's 50 most creative, interesting and promising emerging architecture practices! We are very excited to be picked and to be amongst the very few chosen from Africa...
Legon City Lofts was featured as the "Project of the Month" in the Architect's Newsletter, Ghanas first architectural journal.
14. December 2019
As in many other places in Accra, original structures and settlements are sold to developers and the life and charm of these "villages" in the city are lost forever. ELPF analyzes Abotsiman in East Legon, its history and its people and is a basis for designers and planners to revive such structures.
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4. December 2019
Accras leadership trom the property sector at "Build and Brand Green with EDGE." Developers, banks, architects and the government came together to share their commitments to EDGE.
14. December 2019
East Legon Past Forward is a project
23. November 2019
The new Art Space for Nubuke Foundation finally completed! Architects Baerbel Mueller & Juergen Strohmayer in collaboration with OOA.
KNAUF Ghana was organizing the first of its kind competition in Ghana. OOA's Akosua Obeng was the Head Judge. The students were judged on criteria including economy of design, functionality, ventilation, internal design, timing and construction.
Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
Topic of the summit, held at the International Conference Center in Accra was "The case for sustainable buildings in Africa, for effective climate actions in cities". Akos Obeng was one of the speakers and was talking about "Local Solutions for an Innovative African Architecture"
Akosua Obeng and the Winners of the Edge Competition at Joy FM
Legon City Lofts won the award for best residential townhouse development at the "City Construction and Property Awards". A big thanks to the whole team!
Exclusive interview with Rosemary Orthner.
The GIA World Architecture day event held at the Legon City Lofts in Accra on Monday 07.10.19. A truly inspiring event graced by the presence of the Minister for Works and Housing, Fellows, Council, and over 200 members of the GIA and other allied professional as well as architecture enthusiasts.
Rosemary Orthner was speaking at the World Architecture Day event about her own Legon City Loft project.
The EU Green Week in Accra ended with a round table discussion at Alliance Francaise in Accra.
Akos Obeng was interviewed about Resource Efficient Buildings at our Legon City Lofts for a new series about green buildings on Joy TV
Students from Kaneshie Kingsway Cluster of Schools have participated in a workshop promoted by Orthner and Orthner Associates, dedicated to “designing for the future”. After leaving the OOA workstation, we hope to have given the children a basic understanding of green buildings and green building materials with a focus on bamboo. The exercise with bamboo straws is to expose them to alternative materials and help think differently about the use to space space and their environment.
Akosua Obeng was on Joy Prime news talking about affordable housing in Ghana and why a real affordable house should be build with local, sustainable materials.
Akosua Obeng was invited in todays breakfast show on Class91.3fm to talk on what makes a building "green"
Finally the winners of the EDGE Architecture Students Competition, organized by orthner orthner & associates in collaboration with IFC EDGE were announced.
OOA in collaboration with EDGE launched the IFC EDGE Student Competition
The overall objective of the EDGE Student Competition is to demonstrate how buildings can
Edge Certificate for the World Bank / IFC Building
Our World Bank / IFC building in Accra got the Edge Certificate for its outstanding green building measures.
2nd Ghana Green Building Summit 2019
Akosua Obeng, Partner at OOA was in the panel at the Ghana Green Building Summit. The Summit, which was held on June 13, 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City gathered 155 stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities within the green building space.
Future of Building 2019 | Congress
60 nations and over 650 participants explored the future of building at the "Future of Building 2019 | Congress" in Vienna in June. Ghana was represented by Rosemary Orthner, who led a delegation of 9 Ghanaian architects to the event. In the African Panel, Rosemary explained the challenges of the Ghanaian market and the importance of sustainable architecture for the responsible development of our future in Ghana. The congress was accompanied by workshops and excursions to the full satisfaction of all participants.
Rosemary and Martin were invited to talk at the first ASAG Design Talk at KNUST Architectural Department in Kumasi.
Other Speakers were Ibrahim Mahama, Stephen Morgan and George Buma.
GRA IT Training Institute
OOA & GOPA Infra won the tender to design and construct a new building for the Ghana Revenue Authority to accommodate the Learning and Development department to improve IT and software skills for the entire staff of the institute.
16. Oct. 2018
Honorary Consulate of Austria in Ghana
Now it is official!
1. Oct. 2018
World Architecture Day
Akosua Obeng from OOA was invited to speak about OOA's architecture and sustainable building solutions in tropical climates at the World Architecture Day event at the British Councils in Accra! @ Accra, Ghana
29 Sept. 2018
LEGON PAST FORWARD
After 12 days of intense research and production, it was a pleasure - and challenge - to share our work in progress with the Abotsiman community, East Legon, Accra,
24. Sept. 2018
Saint Gobain Multi Comfort Day
Panel discussion at the British Council with Akosua Obeng with a specific focus on thermal, visual, acoustic and indoor air comfort.
"URBAN RESEARCH LAB: East Legon Past Forward"
We are looking for students of architecture and related disciplines who are interested in participating in an urban research lab in East Legon in September.
The research lab is organized by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and OOA
Rosemary Orthner is speaking at
"Lagos 9.0- An Architectural Regeneration: he Lagos Response"
OOA & the Rotary Club of Accra Ridge
27 Feb 2018:
Skyline of Accra -The way forward
Joyfm invited Akosua Obeng to contribute her thoughts on how architecture can be used as branding tool and add value to cities
OOA's Akosua Obeng the only female Architect in the list of the top 5 African Architects representing Ghana!
Jan 2018: JOY 99.7 FM
Akos Obeng: Panel discussion on the topic "Steps to consider before moving from rental to owning your own house"
Nov 2017: OOA certifies as an international EDGE Leader
"We are proud to be the first ever Ghanaian architectural firm to partner with Edge and we look forward to green building practices becoming the norm rather than the exception."
Mayor Adjei Sowah & Rosemary Orthner
“The architecture, the landscaping, the organization — everything is done orderly. And once you walk in, you know that you walked into a very disciplined and spiritually filled place that will guide you throughout your tour,”
FOLIO Modern | African | Critical
‘Functional’, ‘buildable’ and ‘economical’ seem to be the primary concerns of both clients and architects in Ghana today. The criteria permeate across all areas and levels
of society and are drilled into Ghanaian architectural students, resulting in professionals who are good technically, but often lacking creativity. Although such considerations are not necessarily negative in themselves, over the past thirty years, the emphasis on cost and functionality over any other consideration has contributed greatly to the proliferation of the ubiquitous concrete jungles, seen everywhere in Ghanaian
officially moved from low-income status (as classified by the World Bank) to lower-middle income status. With a young and growing middle class demanding excellence and taking greater pride in all things African, the potential client base for good architecture and design is also changing. Informed by a local, global and pan-African ‘Renaissance’ trend, popularized on the cover of Time Magazine as ‘Africa Rising’, they have taken matters into their own hands. Wearing Afrocentric fashion, listening to Afro-pop and hip-life music, eating at African restaurants, it is only logical that they are beginning to demand an architecture that speaks to them in an authentic ‘voice’, placing their aspirations, identities and tastes at the centre, rather than the margins...
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