The New Kaleo-Naa's Palace at Kaleo, Upper West Region, Ghana; an Emblem of Dagaaba Traditional Architecture

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A palace is the official residence of a chief, the traditional administrative head of a village. The palace primarily provides accommodation for the chief as well as space for activities related to the traditions and culture of the people. In many villages in Northern Ghana, the disposition of the palace reflects the eminence, power and respect the chief commands. It also is a mark of how much significance the people attach to the traditions. The Kaleo Naa's Palace as the largest building in the area shall be a masterpiece of Dagaaba heritage revival architecture, ranking among the best examples in the Sub-Saharan Africa. The Palace shall illustrate regionalism in totality: use of on-site or locally available materials; harmony with the surrounding landscape; strong ties to local architectural traditions; and the appearance of having been constructed by native craftsmen using primitive tools This thesis therefore describes in detail the creation processes of this Dagaaba heritage resource and dwelling place of the Paramount Chief of the Kaleo Traditional Area, Naa Bananwini Sandu II and which is opened to people of all traditions and cultures; indigenes, tourists and the public in general.  
A thesis submitted to the Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture.