Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra, Ghana, 2005-2006

I was part of the project team while working at ODB Architects in Milan, Italy, for the proposed €100M upgrade of an existing football stadium in Accra, Ghana. The project was done in collaboration with Chapman Taylor Architects as well.

The renovation works were proposed in response to an event that occurred in 2001, where 127 people tragically lost their lives from a stampede after a football match; the previous design had some flaws that needed to be improved upon. Our initial scheme was based on a design that included two new roof coverings, for recently-expanded lateral spectator stands. The roofed areas were representations of Ghanese stools, which are unique to each tribe and are usually built from wood adorned with ornaments. The underside of the roofed areas were to be lined in a ‘teflon’ fabric, the sub-structure was similar to the interior of a zeppelin, which uses prefabricated steel trusses and space frames. Each frame was to be prefabricated and assembled on site.

The proposal was then modified to a simplified version, which included a roofed section over the V.I.P. stand with journalist/media pods under. The interior spaces were re-designed to include commercial shops, training areas, change rooms and other associated amenities. The first official football matches were played in 2007.