Discussion on sustainability and social responsibility with architect Hussein Fakhry

Activa Square

Founded more than 25 years ago in Beirut, KEY Architectural Group has become a leader in architectural design and construction solution provider, not only in Lebanonbut also in Accra (Ghana) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). The company believes that architecture itself is a human, cultural and futuristic activity, which contributes to transforming the lives of people and of society as a whole.

In an interview with Africa Outlook, Founding Architect Hussein Fakhry said, “At KEY Architectural Group, we associate our dreams with fear, and we see our role and duty as essentially and essentially human. It goes far beyond business. As you can see from this statement, Hussein Fakhry is a man with a vision that extends beyond the sphere of construction to a holistic ideal of advancing society, with a conscientious vision that prioritizes to the human aspect behind its designs.

The architecture and design behind construction has long been a passion for Fakhry and was cemented as his career choice after earning a degree in architecture. “Building has always interested me and captured a reasonable part of my observations as I grew up to chart the boundary of my college studies,” he commented.

Architecture is less a job than a calling for Fakhry, as he embraces the philosophy and concepts surrounding the physical act of building, understanding the wider implications of architecture as a signifier of a country’s culture. . “I have always considered architecture and construction as a human and cultural expression. And today, architecture has increasingly become a passion and a cachet for a better future,” he said.

Hussein Fakhri

In West Africa, KEY Architectural Group has built a solid reputation. The decision to expand into the region came after Fakhry identified a need in the market and sought to fill it, bringing KEY’s already established brand and proficient design, management and oversight services to the market. West African market. “Industry in Ghana and West Africa is growing rapidly and it is increasingly focused on quality construction and design,” said Fakhry.

In the specific context of Ghana, construction contributes significantly to GDP and employment, and is a central pillar of the country’s National Development Plan. In this context, KEY Architectural Group has provided a wide variety of stunning designs to the Ghanaian market. Some of the most famous in the residential area include: The Mulberry, Beyond Residence and AVA Residence. Seeking commercial projects in Accra, the Group is proud to put its name to the design and construction of the midscale BLU Plaza shopping complex, as well as the Activa Square business centre. KEY Architectural Group also had a huge influence on the tourism sectorwith projects such as: The Royal Senchi, Peduase Valley Resort, Urbano Hotel and Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Museum.

What is unique about KEY’s method of expansion is its respect and dedication to integrating with the local culture, proving that a universal attitude and commitment to quality will lay the essential foundation for success, no matter the place. “I have always believed that professional integrity is a commitment and a capital that can grow, to some extent, despite the geographical location,” said Hussein Fakhry. “KEY Architectural Group is proud to be part of the markets where it ventures. We carry the cultural and environmental values ​​of the context, and we build on it, which makes our projects appreciated and adapted to its environment,” he added.

The Royal Senchi
The mulberry

Fakhry also insists that architects and builders play a considerable role as cultural and socio-economic ambassadors of the societies and nations in which they operate, and that they should be able to add value and to help mark cities and neighborhoods. Design plays a vital role in this, as KEY Architectural Group offers attractive building solutions with modern, minimalist designs that celebrate bold geometry and complement an urban environment. The sustainability model that KEY subscribes to focuses on designing and creating buildings that stand the test of time. “We believe the main driver of sustainability is to create buildings with good feasibility and good function that can survive longer,” he said.

Environmentally, KEY strives to adopt green technologies wherever possible, minimizing the impact of their operations and incorporating environmentally friendly technologies into their designs. “Sustainability is essential in our work. However, we focus more on passive sustainable approaches that focus on solutions to the green elements of building, from design concepts and through the details of each building. We seek to provide a built environment that embodies responses to heat exchange, natural daylight and ventilation – more O2 less CO2. We prioritize water saving and people’s psychological appreciation of space, respectively through the following points: architectural shading elements, orientation, preservation and addition of trees and roof gardens, rain harvesting and gray water reuse, architectural design with cultural imagination. »

Looking ahead, Hussein Fakhry’s appetite for expansion extends to the rest of the continent, with Nigeria next on the agenda. In fact, KEY Architectural Group already has several exciting projects in the pipeline. “We are currently working on a stepping stone into the Nigerian market, with a private residence in Lagos which is ready to be built, an office building renovation project and a larger scale urban planning project in Abuja, which is still to be built. in the negotiation phase. We believe now is the time for us to open up to this incredible market and environment,” he said optimistically.

From intangible ideas to handover of the finished project, KEY Architectural Group grants its clients a professional attitude, substantial experience and qualitative knowledge. There is no doubt that KEY will continue on the path of success for years to come.


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