Mashabane Rose Architects I GAPP
Architects and Urban Designers I MMA Architects
in joint venture
Museum and Archives project
Due for completion in 2010
The concept for the museum came from a traditional
healer’s ‘healing’ garden seen at a homestead
in Kuruman in the Northern Cape. The concept evolved into the
creating of large boulder-like volumes that contain the story-telling
The boulders are planted at the base of the
Salvokop hill like a rock outcrop. With walls and roof all clad
in copper sheeting, the ‘outcrop’ will, with time,
rust to green and merge with the natural landscape.
The museum forms the primary entrance to Freedom
Park and forms the start of the pathway journey into Freedom
Park. The ‘boulders’ collect visitors and lead them
along the path to the memorial at the top of the hill.
The interior spaces of the museum are designed
with a cave–like quality with natural light used to dramatize
the large volumes and ‘outcrop’ forms of the buildings.