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Ubuntu Centre / Field Architecture

  • 01:00 - 19 May, 2011
Ubuntu Centre / Field Architecture
Ubuntu Centre / Field Architecture, © Jess Field
© Jess Field

© Jess Field © Jess Field © Jess Field © Jess Field +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 7th Street, Bethelsdorp 6059, South Africa
  • Architect

    Field Architecture
  • Project Team

    Stan Field (Lead Architect, SAIA, RIBA, Int’l Assoc. AIA), Jess Field (Lead Architect, Assoc. AIA), Mark Johnson (AIA), Jeff Pilotte, Andy Lin
  • Local Project Architects

    John Blair Architects in association with NOH Architects
  • Project Manager

    John Blair, Tim Hewitt-Coleman
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineer

    Clinkscales Maughan-Brown
  • Structural And Civil Engineer

    Iliso Consulting
  • Landscape Architect

    John Elliott, Matt Elliott
  • Lighting Design

    Field Architecture
  • Interior Design

    Field Architecture
  • Acoustic Consultant for Hall

    Ivan Kadey Design
  • Mosaic Mural

    Dolla Sapeta
  • Networking and Communication Equipment:

    Cisco Systems
  • General Contractor

    SBT Construction (East Cape)
  • Area

    21000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Ubuntu Center provides pediatric HIV testing and treatment, counseling, education, and community empowerment. The design is focused on de-stigmatization and normalization of HIV testing and treatment. It provides access to a state-of-the-art facility in a beleaguered post-apartheid community. The design is a model for sustainable development that begins with environment and extends to the preservation of life.

© Jess Field
© Jess Field

Funded globally and operated locally, Ubuntu reflects a world defined by unprecedented global connection and the resurgence of local, community based organization. Ubuntu center brings state of the art services to vulnerable children by providing centrally located, free and accessible social services in a single facility. It comprises a multi-purpose hall for education, concerts and shelter when needed; an empowerment wing with career guidance and computer centre, and a fully equipped Pediatric HIV /TB testing and counseling clinic with 47,691 people reached through community HIV prevention outreach. 

plan
plan

Ubuntu’s organic rooftop garden, together with Ubuntu’s neighborhood gardens feed 2,245 students daily. It provides a timely and practical template for sustainability on a societal as well as an environmental level. Ubuntu has been adopted by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR), and has become a model of success for the Clinton Global initiative, the Kresge foundation, and countless individual supporters.

© Jess Field
© Jess Field

The folded concrete forms read as independent volumes which lean on one another for support, sending the message of Ubuntu, which literally means: “I am because you are.” The distributed mass of the building allows pedestrian walkways to continue through the building uninterrupted; rather than entrances being punctured in the facades, the voids are a continuation of the township pathways. This creates a critical sense of community ownership which allows this building to survive in the township context. The clinic is placed en route to other life services to enable anonymous visitors. While fulfilling the center’s service based mission, the architecture attempts to minimize the potential social stigmatization of users. The design sends the message that every child, regardless of race or background, deserves access to world-class health and education.

© Jon Riordan
© Jon Riordan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Ubuntu Centre / Field Architecture" 19 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/135432/ubuntu-centre-field-architecture/>
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24 Comments

nammitt · July 27, 2011

I'm an architecture student from the US working in South Africa this summer. I'd love to know more about the process that generated this project -
will similar medical centers be constructed in the future?
what is the clinton initiative's role in the process?
where is this center located within the community - near the heart of the city? in the outskirts? near existing medical facilities? and what do local PE residents think of the center?

The architecture is fabulous and I applaud the merit of Field, NOH, and John Blair Architects for executing it so excellently. My only question is: what's next? I'm in South Africa to learn more about this kind of work and I want to know what makes this international collaboration feasible. contact me if you are curious too.

Edaurdo · May 29, 2011

Yes, I completely agree with Josh and Robb, this is great project coming out of South Africa.
It's nice to see a community facility that has so much detail put into it.

deHimer · May 21, 2011

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Stacy Renecke · May 20, 2011

local is beautiful! http://t.co/F5d9erh

Billy Bonkoski · May 20, 2011

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Luis Bolaños · May 20, 2011

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Josh · May 20, 2011

I totaly agree, i thought this project would have received more attention from the community.
Furthermore, this project speaks for itself very well done.

Otha Carraher · May 20, 2011

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Aleisa Mondolfi · May 20, 2011

Ya quisieramos tener un Centro comunitario como éste Centro Ubuntu, Puerto Elizabeth, Sur Africa. Field Arquitectura. http://bit.ly/lflyCH

Nicholas Patten · May 19, 2011

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Robb · May 19, 2011

This is a great project, i'm surprised this hasn't more comments. It seams only Zha gets everyone's attention and everybody is drooling over that nonsense.

josh · May 19, 2011

Very nice project, i like how the pedestrian's feelings and experience was considered when they decided how to place particular progamatical elements. For some this can be a very intimate and socially-awkward to be seen going to certain spaces. But designing spaces to randomly arrive makes for a better experience.

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Matthew R. Pauly · May 19, 2011

@CTCKENYA : I think this is a nice precedent for the future community center! http://bit.ly/miW1Bt

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