GIFA Award of Merit 2017 : Matola Raid Memorial & Interpretive Centre by Impendulo Design Architects


MATOLA RAID MONUMENT & INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

GIFA AWARD OF MERIT 2017 :  MATOLA RAID MONUMENT & INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

ArchitectsImpendulo Design Architects (Pty) Ltd


The Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre is located in Matola, just south west of the Capital city Maputo. The building commemorates the raid into Mozambique on 31 January 1981, by the then South African army, targeting 3 houses known at the time to house Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres. The raid resulted in 13 casualties.

The complex comprises The Monument, situated on a circle bounded by a major traffic circle in Matola, and the Interpretive Centre Building to the South of the circle. The Monument is anchored by 3 red obelisks that symbolise the 3 houses, with the red colour denoting blood. These 3 obelisks are oriented radial lines in the direction of the three houses. A commemorative Wreath Wall with a cut-out of the maps of South Africa and Mozambique is positioned such that it casts a shadow on a concrete cenotaph with a perfect outline at noon on the 31st of January. The 3 Red obelisks are accompanied by a wall made up of concrete plinths representing the Frontline States that opposed the Apartheid Government.

The interpretive Centre is a Cylindrical building clad in symbolic aluminium panel representing explosions. The building houses a community centre and exhibition space, with offices.



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