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Ecological Development of
Valley View University, Accra, Ghana
Buildings and Installations
The most visible parts of the campus development are the
new buildings, all designed ecologically. Depending on the specific
use and the number of users for each building, a decentralised ecological
sanitation concept is developed. These concepts include water saving
installations, which allow the collection of natural matter such as
urine, grey water and rainwater for re-use on the farmland.
The VVU sanctuary, the Church, is thought of as the “heart”
of the campus. That is the reason for its conspicuous design, besides
creating a contrast to the remaining buildings on campus. The idea of
the church's roof is a metaphor for an open space area covered by large
trees – since trees represent an important aspect of nature in
The large roof-covered space in front of the entrance used as an area for assembling, meeting or as additional seating area takes on the job of connecting the interior with the exterior spaces, especially the ceremonial ground.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. D. Glücklich Dipl. Ing. Nicola Fries
Bauhaus-University Weimar 99421 Weimar
Clerk Hall - Faculty Building
As the university expands, six department complexes will be built within the central campus area. One department complex consists of four three-storey buildings with a hipped roof .
In each case two buildings are connected by a link
corridor that provides the entrance to the buildings. By the arrangement
of the four buildings a big central and green courtyard is created,
which can be used not only during the breaks, but also for open-air
The building is a reinforced concrete skeleton-frame structure. The frame construction is visible from outside by external projecting columns. The facade design takes the function of the rooms into account, which means that lecture halls are characterised by a window strip. Overhanging roofs, horizontal and vertical shading devices on the north-east facades are used to prevent heating-up the rooms. Because of low sun there are no openings planned on north-west and south-east facades.
4-6: Clerk Hall
There are two guest house complexes, each consisting of six two storey guesthouse duplexes, a warden residence and a central lounge building for dining and conferences. The design of the central courtyard should give an impression of African art, culture and plants to the guests. Here young local artists can present their work. Heart of the courtyard will be a tropical fruit and vegetable garden, which serves as shading and decoration element at the same time. Here guests have the chance to harvest and enjoy fresh tropical fruits and vegetables.
There are two different types of guesthouses – a standard and a luxury type. Whereas the standard type provides two double rooms (each 604 sf) on each floor, the luxury type offers one apartment per floor equipped with kitchen, bathroom, dining area, living room, working area, bedroom and a balcony. Here guests with their families can stay long-term. Apart from some windows the buildings look the same from outside.
On the north and south side of the oval there are two students housing
areas. In the northern area about 850 students and in the southern area
about 950 students can be accommodated. Central theme of the design
is the arrangement of the hostels in a compound that is landscaped with
local plants and has different types of squares. To each courtyard belongs
a two-storey community building with a common room, a grocery shop and
study rooms. Next to the student courtyards sports facilities like table
tennis, volleyball, football and basketball pitches are located.
8: Student Hostels