Location: Kimberley, SOUTH AFRICA Date: 2000

The conceptual idea for the buildings derives from the distinctive thorn trees on the site. The branches and the thorns splitting open as a symbol of victory and joining together in unity. The architecture should therefore constantly dialogue earth, sky and victory. The physical manifestations reinforce these aspects which are central to the Northern Cape.

Designing to include for local technologies, materials and human resources. Images of the Province like the plant life of the region, the Nama matjieshuis, the mining shafts, layered mountains and hills and fishing towns provide inspiration for the creation of spaces.

The urban conditions are constraints which guided the site analysis and lead to the placing of the building along the Southern boundary. The buildings, like a split open thorn, sits across the Parliamentary Avenue entrance with the public arrival point off the central axis, to the East.


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