Concrete is a revolutionary material, with a combination of strength, lightness, and cost-efficiency that helped to usher in the era of the skyscraper, but Adjaye Associates' new design for the Ghana National Cathedral reshapes how people relate to the building facet. Rather than a heavy, grounded feel that often accompanies concrete buildings, the Ghana National Cathedral turns the material into a sculpture of fabric, with flowing lines that look like cloth draped over a thin frame.
Considering that concrete is the key distinguishing factor for the architectural style known as Brutalism, the elegance of Adjaye Associates' design should be all the more impressive. It's a fitting look for the building, as it stands as a testament to the "unity, harmony, and spirituality" of people of all faiths in Ghana.
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