Most artistic builds in South Africa October 3rd, 2017
Most artistic builds in South Africa
South Africa is a country rich in arts and culture. We’re often celebrated for our achievements in these fields. Slightly off the radar though is our incredible offering to the built environment and the world of architecture. But every now and then something astounding happens and everyone sits up to have a look. And this is what happened when the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) recently opened in Cape Town.
The Zeitz MOCAA has caused quite a stir. It forms a part of the refurbishment of the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town city centre. The building itself is an abandoned silo. It is an enormous nine-story construct that has been given a complete overhaul and state-of-the-art treatment. The refurbishment was lead by the respected industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick who hails from Britain. It offers 6000 square metres of exhibition space as well as an eatery and a sculpture garden.
This new development in the Waterfront is such an excellent example of how sophisticated the major cities in South Africa are becoming. While places like Singapore and Dubai have long topped the leaderboard with their magnificent skyscrapers, Zeitz MOCAA showcases that South Africa is doing magical things in their construction industry too.
Here are a few examples of other beautiful buildings found in and around South Africa.
Bosjes Chapel in Wellington
This is a new building on the Bosjes Wine Farm in Wellington in the Western Cape. It is predominantly used as a chapel and it was created to replicate the beautiful surrounding mountain ranges. The chapel was designed by Steyn Studio and the idea was to create a structure that appeared weightless. The reason for the pools situated in front of the building is to add this impression of weightlessness.
Alice Lane Towers in Sandton
The Alice Lane Towers were previously called the Dancing Towers and were designed by Paragon Architects. This building was erected in 2010 and is located on the western edge of Sandton in Johannesburg. The building is made up of one six-storey base with two 16 storey towers situated on top. It looks like it has been made from glass alone and this was achieved by making use of specific new age glass technology.
The Pineapple Building in Bathurst
This is the biggest pineapple in the world, standing at 16.7 metres in height. It was built as a tribute to the pineapple crops harvested in the town of Bathurst in the Eastern Cape since 1865. The building is completely functional. It boasts a gift shop, all the information you would ever need to know about the pineapple industry and an observation deck that offers a complete 360-degree view of the farmlands.
11 Diagonal Street in Johannesburg
This is an oldie but a goodie. This building was designed and built in 1984 and a structure that was way ahead of its time. It is 80 metres tall and has been nicknamed “The Diamond”. This is because of its highly reflective surface through a clever use of glass. It reflects the different business districts in its surrounding areas from the different angles.
These are such great examples of truly magnificent buildings in South Africa. Our country is competitive in many different sectors and no matter what happens to our economy or the political unrest we push through, we always seem to make it out on top. The construction sector has definitely experienced a slump over the past decade or so but we can be a phoenix rising from ashes. The new Zeitz MOCAA is a prime example of the good work that still continues in our country despite challenges. Construction companies must continue looking out for new and exciting contracts while partnering with excellent companies like Babcock engineering who can support the most challenging industrial builds.