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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
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.
+ GAPP 
+ MMA 
Via Arch Daily 
Photos © Simon Bird
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 mitigate solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-gain/
 Freedom Park: http://www.freedompark.co.za/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=35
 profound memorial: http://inhabitat.com/the-national-911-memorial-is-now-open-in-nyc-exclusive-photos/
 + GAPP: http://www.gapp.net
 + Mashabane Rose Architects: http://www.mashabanerose.co.za/projects/heritage/freedompark3.htm
 + MMA: http://www.mmaarch.co.za
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/297713/freedom-park-phase-2-gapp-mashabane-rose-architects-mma/
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