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ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO

KOFI AKAKPO


The rise of nationalism across the globe evidenced by developments like Brexit and the sweeping to power of far right political elements in different countries presents an opportunity for architects. Instead of simply creating formally interesting objects, we can create spaces that facilite and encourage different people to have shared human experiences that stay with them long after they leave. Spaces that connect rather than divide, that unite rather than separate, that are about people rather than themselves.


CV Name: Kofi Akakpo Date of birth: 10.25.1985 Address: 893 Linkfield Dr Worthington, Oh 43085 Education: 1. Ohio State University: 08.2014-05.2017 2. Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology: 08.2004-05.2008 Work Experience: Part-Time Sales Associate: 1. Sears, Polaris Mall: 08.2013-Present Architectural Intern 1. Constructs Llc: From 01.2009-04.2010 2. City Mode Associates: 08.2008-01.2009 3. Custom Built: 05.2006-08.2006


FEATURED PROJECTS PART 1: CONNECTED/CONNECTING SPACES TECHIMAN MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL........................................................... 1 DANCE AND PERFORMING ART CENTER............................................... 7 BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY...............................................11 SAN FRANCISCO GARDEN OF MUSIC....................................................15

PART 2: SOCIAL WORK THE HOOD GROWS WALLS..................................................................... 21

PART 3: EXPERIMENTAL STUDIO ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPISM (AND THE PROBLEM OF THE VAST)................. 23


Site Section

Techiman Municipal Hospital

An urban study project for the design of a hospital for the city of Techiman, in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. The project attempts to capture two main elements of the city: the cultural embrace of community and communal living, and the colorfulness of the city. The huge canopy also recognizes the constant search for shade in a city where the average temperature is about 75 degrees and acts as a uniting element between separate units.

DATE: SPRING, 2008 INSTITUTION: KNUST INSTRUCTOR: CHARLES ESSEL ACADEMIC YEAR: THIRD KOFI AKAKPO|PORTFOLIO

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Techiman Location... to Tamale to Tamale

to Tamale

to Tamale

Techiman Market to Nkoranza to Nkoranza

to Sunyani to Sunyani

To Tamale To Tamale

to Kumasi to Kumasi

Techiman township Techiman township

To Sunyani To Sunyani To Kumasi To Kumasi

Ghana Ghana

Techiman Techiman Kumasi Kumasi Accra Accra Sekondi-Takoradi Sekondi-Takoradi Jubilee Oil Field Jubilee Oil Field

Casablanca Casablanca

Cairo

Cairo Khartoum

Africa Khartoum Africa

Lagos

Lagos

An ancient town in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, Techiman is the legendary birthplace of the Akan people and the center of the ancient Bono Kingdom which was rich in gold and had strong trading links with the ancient Kingdoms of Timbuktu and Egypt. Techiman is at the center of major crossroads with an important marketing center. It is the capital of the Techiman Municipal District with a current land area of about 432 square miles.

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Johannesburg Johannesburg

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The project creates gathering spaces within courtyards for the entire community.

The project recognizes the constant search for shade in the city in the form of the canopy. Shade invites people to gather. The canopy is also a uniting element between different pavilions that captures the colorfulness of the city and is conspicuous from all around the city inviting people to come and gather.

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1 community playground 2 swimming pond 3 visitor parking 4 outpatient and administration 5 wards

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6 staff parking 7 emergency unit 8 waiting area/amphitheater

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Outpatient Waiting Area

Project Overview

Outpatient/Admin Building

Main Courtyard Space

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Emergency Unit Courtyard

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Site Render

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DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

For this project i explored the theme of tension between a stable element (a cube) and an unstable element ( a seed crystal). The seed gets placed inside the cube, becomes activated and a struggle ensues between the two. The resulting architecture captures the moment of tension where the box is struggling to contain this foreign element and the seed is trying to break free and the result creates interesting, connected spaces.

DATE: SPRING, 2015 INSTITUTION: OSU INSTRUCTOR: ZACK SNYDER ACADEMIC YEAR: SECOND

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Stable element

Unstable element inroduced

Unstable element begins to react. Stable element begins to push back

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The project is frozen at the moment of perfect tension.

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Views into performance spaces

Views into performance spaces

Section Y-Y

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Ground Level Plan

First Level Plan

Second Level Plan

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Longitudinal Section

Public Officials

Barack Obama Presidential Library, Chicago

This project explores how architecture can facilitate interaction between spaces that are programmatically disparate. The program required a segregation of official and public spaces more easily accomplished by stacking spaces on other spaces they belong with. By rearranging and wrapping these spaces around a central core, the human interaction is reestablished. Occupants of different areas that are not physically linked still share visual connections as they move from space to space.

DATE: FALL, 2015 INSTITUTION: OSU INSTRUCTOR: TROY MALMSTROM ACADEMIC YEAR: THIRD

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The project attempts to promote transparency that encourages visual interaction between inhahibatants of programmatically segregated spaces.

The project achieves this by interweaving elements of disparate spaces so inhabitants are constantly interacting with others they would normally not interact with bringing the public and officials closer together.

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Level 0: Loading Dock

Site Plan

Level 1 Plan

Level 2 Plan Public

Cross Section

Officials

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Level 6a Plan: Gallery Level 6a Plan: Gallery

Level 6b Plan: Hotel rooms Type B

Level 3 Plan: Library and Research

Level 4a Plan: Auditorium

Levelanother. 6b Plan: Hotel Type B rooms Ty Level rooms 6b Plan: Hotel Level 6a Inhabitants inPlan: oneGallery set of program are able to look right into Level 6a Plan: Gallery Level 6a Plan: Gallery

Level 7 Plan: Restaurant

Level 8 Plan: Radia station

Level 8 Plan: Radia Inhabitants in public gallery can see officials going up toconferece conference rooms. and roomsstation Level 7 Plan: Restaurant

Level 4b Plan: Gallery 2

Level 7 Plan: Restaurant Level 7 Plan: Restaurant Level 7 Plan: Restaurant

Level 5a Plan: Hotel Rooms type A

Level 6b Plan: Hotel rooms Type B Level 6b Plan: Hotel rooms Type B

Level 5b Plan: Gallery 2 Mezzanine

and conferece rooms Level 8 Plan: Radia station 8 Plan:rooms Radia Levelstation 8 Plan: Radia station andLevel conferece and conferece and rooms conferece rooms

South East View from Water

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SAN FRANCISCO GARDEN OF MUSIC

This project for the design of a music hall in Golden Gate Park resists the urge to simply create a gathering place for the one percent. Borrowing from the general sentiment of movements like occupy wall street and the rise of the so-called sharing economy, with the success of brands like Uber and AirBnB, the concept attempts to create multiple connected nodes of different musical experiences, creating a welcoming place for people of all musical tastes to come together to create shared experiences. People will share within the right context and this project attempts to create just that.

DATE: FALL, 2016 INSTITUTION: OSU INSTRUCTOR: ANDREW CRUSE ACADEMIC YEAR: FOURTH KOFI AKAKPO|PORTFOLIO

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PARTI

man made musical experiences

ORGANIZATION

sounds of nature interior nodes exterior nodes The project sets out to create nodes of different musical experiences, interior and exterior, man-made and natural.

System of retaining walls that begin to respond to contours.

These retaining walls begin to trap habitable spaces within.

Bridges that link to retaining walls and create connections between spaces.

EXPERIENCE

The site is originally a very steep hill with a 45’ difference between the highest and lowest points.

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The project creates nodes of musical experiences on different levels which create different ways to experience the park and enhances viual connections and views downtown. KOFI AKAKPO|PORTFOLIO


Conceptual Massing Model

Final Massing Model

Final Model View of Main Music Hall

Final Model View of Bridge to Rooftop Restaurant

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Project Overview

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1. 2-way stage 2. main music hall 3. ticketing/coat check

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4. cafe

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5. external concert space

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6. chamber music hall

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7. loading area/back of house 8. black box 9. practice spaces 10. ticketing/coat check

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11. floating garden 12. exterior eating area

Ground Level Plan

13. roof top restaurant

Roof Level Plan

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Lower Level Plan

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First Level Plan

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View of floating garden with views to main music hall.

Bridge connecting 2 external music nodes.

Public gathering space

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PLACEHOLDER IMAGE

‘THE HOOD GROWS WALLS’ A PUBLIC ART PROJECT

This was a collaborative art project implemented for the Village of Arts and Humanities’ International Artists-inResidence program in North Philadelphia. The 19133 zip code within which the project was located has one of the highest murder rates in the US and The Village’s aim is social intervention through art. The artist Kwasi and i lived within the community and together with residents designed a public art installation as well as a studio exhibition to exhibit the talents of residents.

DATE: SUMMER, 2016 FREELANCE WORK COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTIST KWASI OHENE-AYEH AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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Sculptural Installation

Sculptural Installation

Proposed Exhibition Space

The X reappears within the studio space as a tool to recreate the suffocating conditions of the neighborhood to visitors. Visitors are trapped within a confined space that still produces beauty in the form of art, fashion and people.

Proposed Exhibition Space

In Philadelphia, the X symbol on the street indicates that utilities have been disconnected to homes on that street. We took this symbol of disconnection, disassembled it, and reassembled the elements to create an art piece that becomes a symbol of residents coming together to design and build something. Proposed Exhibition Space

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the arctic biome the desert

the underground ocean

Architectural Landscapism

An experimental studio project that explores how architecture at a certain scale becomes landscape and how its effects manifest in the physical. It imagines a future where the anthropocene has become so integrated with nature it has become nature. Architecture therefore has to facilitate the existence of all organisms on earth. The project is a critique of the prevailing tendency in architecture for absolutism and the total rejection of all that came before.

(and The Problem of the Vast) DATE: SPRING, 2016 INSTITUTION: OSU INSTRUCTOR: STEPHEN TURK ACADEMIC YEAR: THIRD KOFI AKAKPO|PORTFOLIO

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1909 Theorem and Fondazione Prada Hybrid

Hybrid Axonometric:1909 Theorem and Fondazione Prada

Logarithmic Scale Transformation: Fondazione Prada

1909 Theorem and Zeebrugge Hybrid

Hybrid Axonometric:1909 Theorem and Zeebrugge

Logarithmic Scale Transformation: Zeebrugge

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Core sections reveal opportunities for habitation.

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The Arctic Biome

The Harbor

Downtown

The Ocean Biome

The Desert Biome

The Lake

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Eden 3.0 is the third iteration of an attempt to create Nirvana, a perfect world where everyone lives at peace with each other and all social problems are non-existent. 3.0 attempts to fix the problems of two previous attempts by implementing one simple rule: the rejection of absolutism. The city satiates the needs AND desires of its inhabitants. There are rigid shapes and more fluid ones. Variety may be the spice that saves us all.

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