Reviving a leading hotel in West Africa to produce a five-star luxury destination at Labadi Beach on the coast in Accra.
The Labadi Beach was one of the leading hotels in West Africa, but it had suffered the ravages of time and the elements, and required some work to ensure its legacy.
Co-Arc, in collaboration with Orthner Orthner & Associates, accepted the challenge to renew the hotel facilities in order to achieve a five-star rating, as required by the client. The main objective was to maximise the investment of the client by producing an outstanding and popular hotel.
This was achieved by careful attention to detailing, the use of local materials and textures, and ensuring the design fits into its local Ghanaian context, but also brings a fresh approach. The design included the renovation of all the existing rooms, suites and central facilities, using a palette that complements the existing traditional form and materials and creates a classic modern Ghanaian aesthetic.
The project was completed in three phases that commenced with the rehabilitation of the existing lagoon and the subsequent construction of a wing of 60 new rooms for the hotel. The new rooms were then used while the old hotel rooms were refurbished, so that the hotel could continue to operate during construction.
The success of this project led to an extension to the brief to provide a new wing comprising an additional seven rooms, a conference venue and a luxury spa. Nestled amongst the palms, the modern new buildings blend seamlessly with the 60-year-old original hotel.