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Durban heritage museum scoops top prize in inaugural Africa Architecture Awards

A museum in coastal South African city Durban has been named best new building in Africa, in the continent's inaugural architecture awards. Read more

Incredible Grain Silo Transformation: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

106 vertical concrete tubes making up a massive disused grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa are sliced and carved from the inside out to produce cathedral-like spaces in this incredible transformation. Architect Thomas Heatherwick and his firm contrasted the cold, aging industrial appearance of the complex with faceted glass and organic shapes for a futuristic looking result, a fittingly monumental setting for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), the world’s largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art.

Zeitz MOCAA by Heatherwick Studio | Museums

Since the 1920s, the prominent grain silo on Cape Town’s stored and graded corn from all over South Africa. After it was decommissioned in the 1990s its owners, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, approached the studio to develop ideas for adapting the silo and its site. Although the waterfront was already a vibrant area, it lacked a major cultural institution. At the same time, the Zeitz Foundation was seeking a new permanent home for their collection of contemporary art from Africa and it’s diaspora. The two programmes coincided, and it was decided that the grain silo would be transformed into a new museum for contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Though the concrete building looks like a single structure, it is composed of two parts: a grading tower and forty-two tall, cellular silos. The main challenge was to convert these tightly packed concrete tubes into spaces suitable for displaying art while retaining the building’s industrial heritage. We developed a concept to ca… continue

Johnson Tiles South Africa Celebrates 60th Anniversary

This year marks 60 years since Johnson Tiles was founded in South Africa in 1952. Established in 1901 in the United Kingdom, Johnson Tiles has a proud history rooted in the design and manufacture of high quality wall and floor tiles, and with a presence on five continents; it is one of the largest suppliers of ceramic tiles in the world.

Design Fellow: Football for Hope - South Africa

Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Start: April 15, 2013
Duration: 6.5 months

Type: Full-Time (40 hours/week)Design Fellow (Independent contractor)

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar panel and can easily orient itself towards the sun during the day, and provide focused task lighting at night. The compact-yet-powerful S1 Solar LED Lamp is one of the finalists for INDEX Awards 2013 for providing light to millions of homes in Asia and Africa.

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Reciclar paso a paso / Dom Arquitectura + Asa Studio

© Jordi Anguera

Arquitectos: Dom Arquitectura + Asa Studio
Ubicación: Barcelona, España
Área: 26.0 m2
Fotografías: Jordi Anguera