GIFA Award of Excellence 2017 : Origins Centre: Rock Art Gallery (Wits) by Mashabane Rose Associates


Origins Centre by Mashabane Rose Associates

GIFA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2017 :  ORIGINS CENTRE : ROCK ART GALLERY - UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
Architects:
Mashabane Rose Associates cc

The new wing to the Origins Centre was designed to ensure that a collection of 100 engraved boulders would be suitably displayed. The addition provides a new face onto the university’s south eastern access and addresses Enoch Sontonga Drive.

The textured concrete building is a skilful and dynamic layering of sculptural spaces and volumes which flows seamlessly and which is all illuminated in natural light. It successfully mimics the archetypal primordial cave, yet draws strong poetic references to the rock collection it contains.  This new campus landmark and urban edge building boldly signals interaction and engagement with its context. It is joyful yet tense, it is revealing yet it surprises. This makes for bold modern yet timeless architectural statement.




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