Friday, 12 March 2010

And I'm back

It's been a while since I've been on the blog - but my trip to Cape Town to attend the Design Indaba and VISI Designer of the year award was prolonged with my little sister being in the hospital with meningitas. I'm so glad that she's much better now and that I could be there to help her out!

Here are a few picies from the VISI party that was too cool for school and ofcourse some info on the winner Peter Rich. Rich's amazing work goes to show that everything we need from inspiration to raw material is around us locally.

"Peter Rich, winner of the 2010 ABSOLUT VISI Designer of the Year Award, was nominated for his design of the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, which won the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2009.

Apart from also winning the cultural category at the festival, the structural engineers who worked on the project walked off with the David Alsop Sustainability Award at the international 2009 Structural Awards.

The centre was designed for South African National Parks and is situated in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage site in Limpopo, which celebrates the site of an ancient civilization linked to the Great Zimbabwe trading culture.

Inspiration from the landscape
The landscape was both the inspiration for the magnificent design and the source of most of the materials for its construction. The anthill-like group of vaulted structures were built using stabilised earth tiles and the ancient tile vaulting technique, which requires no reinforcing.

The largest free-form vaults span 14,5m, with an unreinforced masonry vault of only 300mm in thickness. The simple, elegant structures are clad with locally quarried stone, which adds a stabilising load to the vaults and integrates the centre into its surroundings.

The project contributed to poverty relief in the area by using ecological methods, local materials and labour.

Peter Rich has been in practice for more than 35 years. He has completed a diverse range of projects, from high-end corporate interior design and award-winning residential construction, to humble community-owned cultural centres and national buildings."

"We fluffed out our tail feathers to celebrate design at the 2010 ABSOLUT VISI Designer of the Year awards ceremony. View the photos here."

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