Gallery: Vaulted Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa Short...

All 20 of the projects shortlisted for the 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award are noteworthy, but there is definitely something special about the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center designed by South Africa's Peter Rich Architects. Designed as a low impact series of barrel and freeform vaults arranged in a triangular layout, this earthen structure houses relics of an ancient trading culture excavated on the site and a visitor center that offers a rich, light-filled learning experience.

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