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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

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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 [1].

Just one part of the larger Freedom Park [2], 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 [3] 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 [4]

+ Mashabane Rose Architects [5]

+ MMA [6]

Via Arch Daily [7]

Photos © Simon Bird

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[1] mitigate solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-gain/

[2] Freedom Park: http://www.freedompark.co.za/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=35

[3] profound memorial: http://inhabitat.com/the-national-911-memorial-is-now-open-in-nyc-exclusive-photos/

[4] + GAPP: http://www.gapp.net

[5] + Mashabane Rose Architects: http://www.mashabanerose.co.za/projects/heritage/freedompark3.htm

[6] + MMA: http://www.mmaarch.co.za

[7] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/297713/freedom-park-phase-2-gapp-mashabane-rose-architects-mma/

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