Award Cycle:Status:ShortlistedLocation:Limpopo, South AfricaClient:South African National ParksArchitect:Peter Rich Architects, Johannesburg, South AfricaDesign:2006-2007Size:Total combined floor area: 1130 m² - Total site area: 2750 m²Completed:2009
The plan for the Centre takes inspiration from a motif etched on stones uncovered on the site at Mapungubwe Hill, a World Heritage site located at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. Exhibition and learning spaces take the form of ten free-form vaults, the largest of which spans 14.5 metres, and a number of regular barrel vaults and domes which are arranged in a triangular layout linked together by ramped walkways. The vaulting method used relies on fast-setting gypsum mortar and earth tiles laid on edge. Low environmental impact is achieved through employing local labour and materials.