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CULT MERAKI's syndicate of project-spaces:

developing and inspiring locales+worlds,

using art, design and culture

For its 7th building prototype, the system is inspired by the shack – a common icon for trade alongside traffic routes.

The studio elevates above street level, surrounded by blooms and trees. The lush grounds unfurl two ramps up to the landing with a massive wooden door. Inside, the open foyer faces the bar in the middle, receding the activity space to the north and south. A kitchen, storage and sanitation area stay behind the bar, with a steel door leading out to the back yard and weaving room.

Finished in a plain plaster inscribed with concentric doodles, the architecture draws on passive sensibilities. Positioning the form to avoid cutting trees, then enhancing shading by orienting for thermal relief. The fenestration aids cross-ventilation, and stack-effect; bringing in cool breeze, and drawing stale air out through windows at high levels. 

To reduce the energy consumed in making the building, materials and labour were sourced 20-minutes from the site. A majority of the aluminium sheets for the roof were salvaged and repaired, then installed in a double decker system to render any remaining pinholes inconsequential. Wood, steel and glass offcuts were used for objects, outdoor light fixtures, and other installations on the grounds, reducing construction waste.

The studio is designed and built by artist-designer Kofi Setordji, and Cultmerki. Alongside Franky (mason) and Gunshot the apprentice, and Pinto(carpenter).

Arthaus intersects artists in Ghana, Africa and the world. Through artists' residencies, workshops and exhibitions. The lab harnesses skill learning and sharing to bridge gaps between knowledge and practice. By connecting students, professional artists, master artisans and makers, the goal is to experiment with existing traditional art forms, and come up with new ways of expression. 

experiences...

NURTURE

Ground yourself in connection to basics and nature, understanding the energies that fuel and sustain living

LOUNGE

Escape to our verdant grounds and catch your breath - think, read, write and spend some time among the trees, maybe with a refreshing beverage in hand 

+workshop

1-DAY

DRAWING / ...

PAINTING / ...

PRINTING / ...

*up to groups of 8

+workshop

2-DAY

TIE & DYE / ...

PRINTING / ...

WEAVING /...

*up to groups of 8

coming soon

+workshop

X-DAY

custom programmes: CASTING /CLAY/ POTTERY ...

CUSTOM / book for individuals or groups

*up to 8 people 

+experiences

SPECIALS

DINING / soul food

RESIDENCIES / by invitation

coming soon

CREATIVE  LABS 

ARTHAUS is in Mampong, an escape out of accra and is easily accessible  right-off the highway.

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current exhibition 

past events

AKY/ Grazyna Akyea

04

FEB
2024

WARP WEFT & DESIGN/ Patrick Tagoe Turkson, Emmanuel & Sena Awuye

03

OCT
2024

REDISCOVERING HOME/ Edward Fosu

02

NOV
2023

INCEPTION/ Naomi Amevinya

JUNE
2022

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