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Johannesburg: The Latest Architecture and News

Pancho Guedes, Sculpting a New Africa

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Amancio d'Alpoim Miranda Guedes, known as Pancho Guedes was an architect, painter, sculptor, and educator that is revered as one of the earliest post-modernist architects in Africa. Throughout his career, he has contributed to more than 500 building designs which were often characterized as eclectic, bringing together Lusophone African influence with his unique surrealist and experimental artistic style. It is said that having worked mainly in Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, and Portugal, Pancho Guedes was less well known than he ought to have been in the rest of the world, as he is a leading figure in modern African architecture.

© Ressano Garcia Arquitectos© Leandro González© Leandro González© Leandro González+ 32

The 20th Serpentine Pavilion Designed by Counterspace, to Open on June 11th 2021

The 20th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, directed by Sumayya Vally, will finally open on 11 June 2021. After its 1-year postponement due to the global pandemic, the temporary pavilion will stay on display until 17 October 2021, on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens.

Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace, Design Render, Interior View © Counterspace. Image Courtesy of Serpentine GalleriesCounterspace. Photographed by Justice Mukheli in Johannesburg, 2020. © Counterspace. Image Courtesy of Serpentine Galleries© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan+ 7

Christophe Hutin Curates France's Pavilion for the 2021 Venice Biennale, Highlighting “Communities at Work” in Europe, Asia, America and Africa

The French pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale, “aims to reflect on the meeting between architectural know-how and the inhabitants’ own experiences of their living spaces”. Curated by Christophe Hutin, the intervention entitled “Communities at Work” will provide an immersive experience with the help of images in motion. Using five specific case studies on different continents: in Europe, Asia, America, and Africa, the exhibition presents a journey into a world where communities transformations their own living spaces, without following any formal schemes designed by an architect.

View from the abandoned maternity ward at Florence House; Johannesburg, South Africa – 2011. Image Courtesy of Christophe HutinHanging washing, Film still; Hanoi, Vietnam – 2020. Image Courtesy of Christophe HutinWinter garden; Le Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France – 2016. Image © Philippe RuaultDevelopment site of the abandoned maternity ward, Florence House; Johannesburg, South Africa – 2011. Image Courtesy of Christophe Hutin+ 19

Salvazione Christian School / Local Studio

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Adjaye Associates Designs the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg, South Africa

Adjaye Associates has unveiled its design for a new historical center for African consciousness, the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg. Named after the previous president of South Africa, the project is an opportunity to realize the dreams of Thabo Mbeki to advance and empower an African renaissance, according to the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner Sir David Adjaye.

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Spatial Education and the Future of African Cities: An Interview with Matri-Archi

Led by architectural designers Khensani de Klerk and Solange Mbanefo, Matri-Archi is a collective based between Switzerland and South Africa that aims to bring African women together for the development of spatial education in African cities. Through design practice, writing, podcasts, and other initiatives, Matri-Archi focuses on the recognition and empowerment of women in the spatial field and architectural industry.

ArchDaily had the opportunity to talk to the co-directors of the collective on hegemonic space, informal architecture, technology, local idiosyncrasies, and the future of African and global cities. Read the full interview below.

House Katz / Gregory Katz Architecture

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99 Juta / Local Studio

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  • Architects: Local Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Doktor and Misses, Gautruss, Isca, Wilsonstone
  • Professionals: WSP Structures

Brick House / Douglas & Company

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Hillbrow Counselling Centre / Local Studio

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  • Architects: Local Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Duroplastic
  • Professionals: The Structural Workshop

Masekela Memorial Pavilion / Adjaye Associates

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Art House / ARRCC

© Elsa Young© Elsa Young© Elsa Young© Elsa Young+ 25

  • Interior Designers: ARRCC
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Louis Poulsen
  • Professionals: ARRCC

78 Corlett Drive Building / Daffonchio and Associates

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Barnato Hall Addition Phase 1 / 26’10 south Architects

© David Southwood© Nic Huisman© Nic Huisman© Nic Huisman+ 26

Drivelines Studios / LOT-EK

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Snøhetta and Local Studio Unveil Wooden Archway Honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa

The Arch for Arch, an intertwined wooden archway honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has debuted in downtown Cape Town, South Africa on a site near Parliament where Tutu held many of his anti-Apartheid protests.

Designed by Snøhetta and Johannesburg-based Local Studio, in collaboration with Design Indaba and Hatch engineers, the Arch for Arch consists of 14 woven strands of Larch wood, representing the 14 chapters of South Africa’s constitution. Reaching nearly 30 feet tall (9 meters), the structure invite visitors to pass through and be reminded of the location’s prominent role in their country’s history on their way to the Company’s Garden, one of the most popular public spaces in the city since its establishment in 1652.

© David Southwood© David SouthwoodPictured at far right: Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the 2017 Design Indaba Conference, where the design was first unveiled. Image Courtesy of Design IndabaThe Arch is formed of 14 strands of Siberian Larch wood, a highly durable and resistant material that will weather gracefully over time, taking on the elements of its surroundings. The warmth of wood was intentionally selected to lend the Arch an intimate, tactile quality, that invites people to interact with the structure in a way that differs from the conventional materials people might expect for a memorial structure, such as concrete, steel, or stone. Image © David Southwood+ 13