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Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa
Posted By Tafline Laylin On November 26, 2012 @ 8:17 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments
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.
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