This beautiful copper-clad //hapo Museum in South Africa forms the entryway to Tshwane's massive Freedom Park - a glorious, ecologically-sensitive development that celebrates the country's long and tumultuous history. Spanning 3.6 billion years, the museum includes interactive exhibits that explore everything from pre-colonial days to post-apartheid reconstruction, with a special emphasis on indigenous contribution. The exhibits are displayed in an inspiring 11,000-square-meter space designed by GAPP, Mashabane Rose Architects and MMA.
The walls and roof of the //hapo museum are clad in copper sheets that will weather with time and harmonize with the surrounding landscape. Situated on an ecologically-important quartzite ridge, the museum features a host of clever interventions that minimize its environmental impact including a cavernous interior punctured by pockets of natural light and deep set openings in the exterior that mitigate solar gain.
Just one part of the larger Freedom Park, a verdant 52 hectare site located south of the city, the museum collects visitors at the bottom of a hill. They are then directed through the various exhibits to a profound memorial at the summit which honors several generations of South Africa’s fallen men and women. A monument to reconciliation and nation building, the entire project expresses the absolute importance of humanity and freedom in tandem with ecological responsibility.
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Simon Bird