Slick in the City

DATE: 2022

An elegant expression of contemporary African design, these luxurious villas are a tranquil retreat in the heart of Accra’s most elite neighbourhood.

Achieving the delicate balancing act of privacy and spatial flow is never easy, yet The Kontopiat excels in ensuring that both are honoured equally. This luxurious private sanctuary of eight individual villas sits tucked away on Templesi Lane in Accra’s exclusive Airport Residential area. A tranquil haven offering respite from the energy of the city while being primely positioned for easy access to its best retail, business and entertainment facilities.

Generously composed over four levels, each villa epitomises the elegance of contemporary African design and offers a space for reflection, rejuvenation and relaxation. The interior architectural concept emphasised a play on dark and light with crisp white walls, ebony-stained timbers, and brass accents. Earthy materials like marble and stone add a sense of grounding to the sophisticated textural palette found throughout each space. 

The ground floor is the living and entertaining level of the home, with the kitchen, dining and lounge area looking onto a manicured garden. A back-of-house and scullery are positioned conveniently close yet discreetly out of sight from the main flow of rooms. Upstairs, the first floor has two en-suite bedrooms complete with balconies, as well as a pyjama lounge and study nook. The second floor was designed as a penthouse suite and features a master suite with en-suite bathroom, as well as a dressing room, private living area, kitchen and balcony. The basement level is all high-performance functionality and features a private parking area with lobby access, a laundry room, storage room, A/C generator room, and private lift.

The living space is an open concept design with linear lines echoed throughout, from the herringbone flooring to the timber fluted wall panelling and the vertical staircase screen. A tv wall unit with built-in drinks unit in the lounge and wrap around counters in the kitchen give the space a seamlessly slick look. Black aluminium casement walls with sliding doors were used to separate the bedroom and bathrooms, each with fluted clear glass inlaid, speaking to the recurring linear theme found throughout the interior architecture while adding contemporary appeal.

Each villa is a considered mix of neutral tones, rich textures and brass accents. In the living room, sleek walnut and smoked oak fittings are complemented with a ribbed vein-cut travertine wall finish, while the kitchen is a sumptuous ensemble of ebony-stained cupboards, Calacatta Gold stone splashbacks and integrated Miele appliances. Touches of brushed brass and clad detailing add subtle luxurious elements. Charcoal hues and wardrobes of natural timber with detailed etching tie the bedrooms together and are coupled with luxurious finishes and contrasting textures for visual interest. The bathrooms are a polished combination of Pietra Grey marble, natural stone and engineered marble tops. In the penthouse, solid strip flooring, geometric timber cladded walls and a contrasting kitchen design are repetition of shapes and silhouettes found on the other levels.