Reflecting a modern Accra
Strategically situated at the busy intersection of the Kanda Highway and Castle Road, and visible from all cardinal points, the SU Tower is designed to respond to a circular site, while transforming a traditional box tower into an architectural landmark in the area. Taking into account town planning guidelines, the building was pulled to the back of the site, with floor plates optimised to the main intersection. This allowed for external parking, arrival landscaping and an entrance befitting its stature and upmarket address, while providing a gradual transition between the building edge and adjacent public transport network. Eye catching and striking, the entrance façade itself is faceted in separate and distinguishable layers emulating local textile textures. The delicate parting lines and angled mirrors emphasises the prominence of the corner of the building whilst drawing the eye upwards, accentuating the buildings stature

The glazed façade draws inspiration from the richness of Ghanaian textures and patterns in a subtle play of 9 different shades of glass.

This variation of colours is carried through in the concrete panels along the secondary façade of the parking podium. The roof of the parking podium has been converted into outdoor space using Astroturf – a synthetic grass like material that is known for its cooling properties in addition to requiring no watering, making it ideal for the harsh sunny climate where water resources are scarce. The architectural geometry inherent in the building’s design is continued outside to create shaded seating areas and breakaway spaces.

The ground floor operates as the building’s main entrance opening up to over 700 m2 of retail space with restaurants, café’s and shops including a bookstore. Four lifts connect the parking levels to nine floors of office space, spanning 10 000m2, with each floor designed to accommodate up to six tenant. With unpredictable local services, the basement holds a sewerage treatment plant that feeds a 260 000 litre on site water storage tank, ensuring fresh water is always available. Rising up, the SU Tower stands out, a glimmering beacon of prestige and prominence, mirroring its location by day and lighting up the skyline at night.

Developer Eris SA/Ghana
Partner Architect Multicad
Project Managers GHC Africa
Quantity Surveyor Del QS
Structural & Civil Engineers HBS Africa
Electrical Engineer CKR
Mechnaical Engineers CKR
Completed 2018
Photographer Tristan MacLaren