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Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

by , 11/26/12
filed under: Architecture, gallery



GAPP, Mashabane Rose Architects, MMA, //hapo Muesum, Freedom Park, sustainable design, copper cladding, daylighting, solar gain, Tshwane, Pretoria, indigenous knowledge, green design, sustainable design, eco-design

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.

+ GAPP

+ Mashabane Rose Architects

+ MMA

Via Arch Daily

Photos © Simon Bird

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