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August 2018

SAIA PPC Writers Workshop Newsflash
3 August 2018

Invitation: 30th Sophia Gray Memorial Lecture and Exhibition
7 August 2018

SAIA CELEBRATES ALL WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE
10 August 2018

An Opportunity for SAIA members

Venice Biennale: What is it about?

The Biennale Architettura 2018 will present for public scrutiny examples, proposals, elements – built or unbuilt – of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface; the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing  the embodied power and beauty of architecture.

The exhibition has a spatial, physical presence of a scale and quality, which will impact on the visitor, communicating architecture’s complex spatial nature.

The exhibition invites emotional and intellectual engagement of the many who come to the Biennale in order to understand architecture more fully, to stimulate discussion on core architectural values and to celebrate architecture’s proven and enduring contribution to humanity.

Credit: www.labiennale.org.za

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Citations of the SAIA Awards of Excellence

New Residence at 151 Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Malan Vorster, Architects, Cape Town.
Award for Excellence

There is a longstanding tradition in the architectural profession that when, architects and their clients, work in the context of the purity and beauty of nature, they strive to attain an equal level of perfection. This ‘treehouse’ by Malan Vorster Architects, is not indulgent but highly restrained. The architects have taken their cues from some of the master architects who have, throughout time and space, created some of the most iconic and respected structures of this genre.

This project was painstakingly created over a relatively long time on the site itself. Its structure and materials are experienced as fragile and ‘temporary’, while its relationship to place and its immediate context could be perceived as its only sense of permanence. Thus, Treehouse Paarman makes a critically important contribution to the local and international architectural traditions and precedent.

The Delville Wood Memorial

Creative Axis, Architects, Johannesburg.
Mayat Hart Architects, Johannesburg.
Award for Excellence

To evoke the memory of an event by means of architecture is difficult. Architects and their clients have been confronted with this problem through the ages, and recently, the epic Delville Wood battle of the First World War (WW1) was memorialized. This building commemorates the South Africans who lost their lives in the First World War, particularly the members of the South African Native Labour Corps, who had received no official recognition. Although this project’s architects are young, they were able to deliver a commentary on how history, power and memory were previously expressed.

Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and the City of Johannesburg

Lewis Levin, Architect, Johannesburg.
Award for Excellence

The world is sadly constantly confronted with the most barbaric acts of human violence and oppression. The reaction always seems to be the same when the collective voice goes up with the words; Never Again! Never Again! Yet mankind never seems to learn. The architect was encouraged to design a building to heighten awareness of this reality; a daunting task.

Visitors’ experience of the building is direct and uncomplicated. Unlike so many of the other Holocaust Memorials, the architect here does not ‘force’ the message or an emotional response onto the viewer. The building, its exhibits and the placing in its physical context does not impose itself on anybody. It is simply there, and it tells its story to those who are inquisitive enough to want to hear it.

SASOL Place

Paragon Architects, Johannesburg.
Award for Excellence

To understand something of the nature and magnitude of a building like SASOL Place, it is important to look briefly at the history of the company as well as the historical development of the urban context where the building has been placed. Before this building was constructed, the company operated from 14 different buildings, situated mainly in Rosebank in Johannesburg. Furthermore, the building needed to be energy efficient, be able to accommodate around 7 500 staff and, above all, to create a physical symbol for the ‘home’ of SASOL as company.

In the SASOL Place Building there is a thoughtful and careful expression of form and function in a relatively uncontrolled urban context that portrays a deep and sensible knowledge and professionalism. It might just be that the multi-national conglomerate, SASOL, has finally found itself a ‘home’ from where it could now approach the future.

If anything expresses South African intellectual and corporate ingenuity on the world stage it might also just be this building as the new symbol for SASOL.

The Lake House

Koop Design, Richard Stretton Region: KwaZulu-Natal
Institute for Architects
Award for Excellence

Buildings like The Lake House require dedication and attention to detail. This building is set in the idyllic and undulating hills of the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, next to a small lake. The plan and section of the building is generous and deceptively simple and direct. The hands of the various levels of craftspeople who made the building are clearly visible and so is the pride in their handiwork. The Lake House is masterful in its relaxed simplicity. A simplicity that only the highly talented and dedicated can achieve.

NZASM Footsteps along the tracks

Nicholas J Clark & Roger Fischer assisted by Siphiwe Simelane, University of Pretoria.
Award for Excellence.

This research deals with, essentially, the rail infrastructure built by the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaanse Spoorweg-Maatschappij in the former Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek over a period of thirteen years. This work was undertaken with the material support from the Dutch Government and by staff and students from the Department of Architecture of the University of Pretoria. It follows on from their important and respected publication called; Eclectic Wilhelmiens. Collectively these two publications form an intellectual unity that have created a trusted source of knowledge that did not exist before in this form.

What is also noteworthy regarding this excellent research project is how much we can all learn from it to understand our current infrastructural position and that which might come in future.

Schedule Of Awards

Commendations

No. REGION PROJECT TITLE NAME OF CLIENT ALL ARCHITECTS’ PRACTICES NAMES
18 FS Clarens Primary School, Clarens DBE & DBSA Geldenhuys & Jooste Architects cc
6 CIA Community Residential Unit Development in Langa City of Cape Town Architects Associated
23 FS Stortemelk Hydropower Stortemelk Hydropower Project Earthworld Architects and Interiors
17 EC The Campanile Restoration Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University THE MATRIX…CC URBAN DESIGNERS and ARCHITECTS
15 EC House Whitfield John & Fiona Whitfield DMV Architecture

Awards of Merit

No. REGION PROJECT TITLE NAME OF CLIENT ALL ARCHITECTS’ PRACTICES NAMES
4 CIA 3-in-1 House Martin & Stacy Zahradnik L & L Architects
7 CIA House Burnett Prinsloo Jane Burnett Prinsloo Robert de Jager Architect
8 CIA Floating Dune House, Sedgefield Private Client Slee & Company Architects (Pty) Ltd
9 CIA Bosjes: Chapel, Kombuis, Manor House & Die Skuur Farmprops 53 (Pty) Ltd TV3 Architects and Town Planners in collaboration with Steyn Studio
10 EC Alterations and Renovations to Port Elizabeth Opera House Port Elizabeth Opera House THE MATRIX…CC URBAN DESIGNERS and ARCHITECTS
11 EC Aspen Pharmacare High Containment Suite Aspen Pharmacare Thembela Architects (Pty) Ltd in association with Danie Bekker & Associates (Pty) Ltd
24 GIfA 138 Jan Smuts Amber Property Group C76 ARCHITECTURE CC
25 GIfA Alice Lane Abland / Redefine Properties Paragon Architects
30 GIfA House Schütte Frank Schtte and Pamela Estment Kate Otten Architects cc
33 GIfA Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre Department of Public Works Impendulo Design Architects (Pty) Ltd
34 GIfA Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital Trust GAPP Architects and Urban Designers (Pty) Ltd in association with Ruben Reddy Architects (Pty) Ltd, Sheppard Robson International (UK) and John Cooper Architecture
35 GIfA Origins Centre Rock Art Gallery Origions Centre Association University of Witwatersrand Mashabane Rose + Associates CC
37 GIfA Westbury Clinic JDA/CoJ Department of Health Ntsika Architects
39 KZN K-Rirth Tower Building University of KwaZulu-Natal FGG Architects
42 KZN RCL Foods Head Office JT Ross Elphick Proome Architects
44 MP House CJ- UNFOLDING THE LAND Colin van Zyl and Johann Dittrich W design architecture studio
48 NC PATHWAYS BENEATH THE HILL: A new walkway through Wonderwerk Cave South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) Craig McClenaghan Architecture
49 NC Sol Plaatje University Building CX003 Sol Plaatje University Wilkinson Architects in association with Mashilo Lambrechts Architects and GXY Architects
50 NC Sol Plaatje University Central Campus Building 1 Moroka Hall of Residence Sol Plaatje University Activate Architecture (Pty) Ltd
51 NC Sol Plaatje University Central Campus Building C002: Moroka Hall of Residence, Dining Hall, Lecture Rooms and Offices Sol Plaatje University Savage & Dodd Architects cc
52 PIA Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool – Kunstekampus School Board of the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool Mathews & Associates Architects cc
54 PIA house LOUW – GRAVITY and LIGHT Cornelius and Hendrien Louw W design architecture studio
55 PIA House Nieuwenhuys Albert & Adéle Nieuwenhuys Earthworld Architects cc
57 PIA House Van Dyk Elias & Hildi Van Dyk Earthworld Architects cc
59 PIA I•Cat Environmental Solutions I•Cat Environmental Solutions Earthworld Architects cc

Awards for Excellence

No. REGION PROJECT TITLE NAME OF CLIENT ALL ARCHITECTS’ PRACTICES NAMES
5 CIA New Residence: 151 Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town Mr Graham Paarman Malan Vorster Architecture
27 GIfA Delville Wood Memorial South African Heritage Resource Agency The Creative Axis Architects in association with Mayat Hart Architects
32 GIfA Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and the City of Johannesburg Lewis Levin Architect
36 GIfA Sasol Place Alchemy Properties / Sasol Pension Fund Paragon Architects
40 KZN The Lake House Private Client KOOP Design
45 MP NZASM Footsteps along the tracks Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria and Royal Netherlands Embassy Pretoria Nicholas J Clarke and Roger C Fisher

A SCHEDULE OF ALL ENTRIES

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No. REGION PROJECT TITLE NAME OF CLIENT ALL ARCHITECTS’ PRACTICES NAMES
1 BK Buffalo Volunteer Rifles : Head Quarters Building (Heritage) : Repairs & Renovations Department of Public Works Smale & Partners Inc
2 CIA Louwville High School Western Cape Education Department 2 A-D Space Architects Incorporated
3 CIA New Residence: 191 Kloof Road, Clifton Pieter Bruwer & Jan-Heyn Vorster Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior Design
4 CIA 3-in-1 House Martin & Stacy Zahradnik L & L Architects
5 CIA New Residence: 151 Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town Mr Graham Paarman Malan Vorster Architecture
6 CIA Community Residential Unit Development in Langa City of Cape Town Architects Associated
7 CIA House Burnett Prinsloo Jane Burnett Prinsloo Robert de Jager Architect
8 CIA Floating Dune House, Sedgefield Private Client Slee & Company Architects (Pty) Ltd
9 CIA Bosjes: Chapel, Kombuis, Manor House & Die Skuur Farmprops 53 (Pty) Ltd TV3 Architects and Town Planners in collaboration with Steyn Studio
10 EC Alterations and Renovations to Port Elizabeth Opera House Port Elizabeth Opera House THE MATRIX…CC URBAN DESIGNERS and ARCHITECTS
11 EC Aspen Pharmacare High Containment Suite Aspen Pharmacare Thembela Architects (Pty) Ltd in association with Danie Bekker & Associates (Pty) Ltd
12 EC Bitumen Laboratory Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Ngonyama Okpanum Associates (Pty) Ltd
13 EC House Hidden Margie Hidden fdt Architects
14 EC House van Jaarsveld Johan & Amore van Jaarsveld DMV Architecture
15 EC House Whitfield John & Fiona Whitfield DMV Architecture
16 EC Seaside Residence Cape St Francis Helshoogte Trust (GT & Anne-Marie Ferreira) Bergenthuin Architects
17 EC The Campanile Restoration Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University THE MATRIX…CC URBAN DESIGNERS and ARCHITECTS
18 FS Clarens Primary School, Clarens DBE & DBSA Geldenhuys & Jooste Architects cc
19 FS Garden of Remembrance Anglo Boer War Musuem Roodt* Architects
20 FS Ntsu Secondary School, Bethlehem DBE & DBSA Geldenhuys & Jooste Architects
21 FS Reizis Square – Revitalisation DBE & DBSA p+arc Architects
22 FS Senmin International Industrial Oasis Senmin International Osmond Lange Architects + Planners
23 FS Stortemelk Hydropower Stortemelk Hydropower Project Earthworld Architects and Interiors
24 GIfA 138 Jan Smuts Amber Property Group C76 ARCHITECTURE CC
25 GIfA Alice Lane Abland / Redefine Properties Paragon Architects
26 GIFA Dainfern Square Abacus Asset Management dhk Architects
27 GIfA Delville Wood Memorial South African Heritage Resource Agency The Creative Axis Architects in association with Mayat Hart Architects
28 GIfA House Olivier – The garden Albert Olivier W design architecture studio
29 GIfA House Parkhurst Graham and Felicity Dempster jvr architects & interiors
30 GIfA House Schütte Frank Schutte and Pamela Estment Kate Otten Architects cc
31 GIfA House Wisse Eric & Soria Wisse Robert Serman Architects
32 GIfA Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and the City of Johannesburg Lewis Levin Architect
33 GIfA Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre Department of Public Works Impendulo Design Architects (Pty) Ltd
34 GIfA Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust GAPP Architects and Urban Designers (Pty) Ltd in association with Ruben Reddy Architects (Pty) Ltd, Sheppard Robson International (UK) and John Cooper Architecture
35 GIfA Origins Centre Rock Art Gallery Origins Centre Association University of Witwatersrand Mashabane Rose + Associates CC
36 GIfA Sasol Place Alchemy Properties / Sasol Pension Fund Paragon Architects
37 GIfA Westbury Clinic JDA/CoJ Department of Health Ntsika Architects
38 KZN Container Trader’s Shelters Business Support / Economic Development Unit, Ethekwini Municipality Architecture Department, Ethekwini Municipality
39 KZN K-Rirth Tower Building University of KwaZulu-Natal FGG Architects
40 KZN The Lake House Private Client KOOP Design
41 KZN Pixley House Propertuity Development (Pty)Ltd. designworkshop : sa
42 KZN RCL Foods Head Office JT Ross Elphick Proome Architects
43 Lim Pels Post Game Lodge John Legh Erasmus Fairbairn Architects
44 MP House CJ- UNFOLDING THE LAND Colin van Zyl and Johann Dittrich W design architecture studio
45 MP NZASM Footsteps along the tracks Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria and Royal Netherlands Embassy Pretoria Nicholas J Clarke and Roger C Fisher
46 MP Siyaphambili Office Park Siyamphambili Construction CO-LAB Architects
47 MP Weir Properties Weir Properties Gerhard Jooste Architects
48 NC PATHWAYS BENEATH THE HILL: A new walkway through Wonderwerk Cave South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) Craig McClenaghan Architecture
49 NC Sol Plaatje University Building CX003 Sol Plaatje University Wilkinson Architects in association with Mashilo Lambrechts Architects and GXY Architects
50 NC Sol Plaatje University Central Campus Building 1 Moroka Hall of Residence Sol Plaatje University Activate Architecture (Pty) Ltd
51 NC Sol Plaatje University Central Campus Building C002: Moroka Hall of Residence, Dining Hall, Lecture Rooms and Offices Sol Plaatje University Savage & Dodd Architects cc
52 PIA Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool – Kunstekampus School Board of the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool Mathews & Associates Architects cc
53 PIA Die Wilgers Medical Centre Danelle Serfontein Holm Jordaan Architects & Urban Designers
54 PIA house LOUW – GRAVITY and LIGHT Cornelius and Hendrien Louw W design architecture studio
55 PIA House Nieuwenhuys Albert & Adéle Nieuwenhuys Earthworld Architects cc
56 PIA House Smith C & R Smith .
57 PIA House Van Dyk Elias & Hildi Van Dyk Earthworld Architects cc
58 PIA House Winter Arthur & Leoni Winter Thomas Gouws Architects
59 PIA I•Cat Environmental Solutions I•Cat Environmental Solutions Earthworld Architects cc
60 PIA Oaktree Studio Mathews and Associates Architects Mathews and Associates Architects
61 PIA Two Floating Boxes Dimarox Properties Drew Architects

SAIA Benchmarking Survey – Drone Handover

Global Roofing Systems sponsored a drone as a lucky draw prize to one of the SAIA Practices that participated in the SAIA Benchmarking Survey. Shayne Lessing from GRS is handing over the drone to SAIA President, Maryke Cronje. They are joined by SAIA Past President Kevin Bingham and SAIA Vice President Luyanda Mpahlwa. Chen Sagnelli, Principal from Sagnelli Associates Architects is the lucky winner of this special prize.

From left to right: SAIA Past President, Kevin Bingham, Shayne Lessing – GRS, SAIA President, Maryke Cronje, SAIA Vice President Luyanda Mpahlwa

SAIA Past President Kevin Bingham hands over the drone to Chen Sagnelli, Principal from Sagnelli Associates Architects

Venice: A Place Where South Africa’s Work Shines

Three leading SAIA architects represent South Africa at the year’s Venice Biennale and concurrent Time Existence curated exhibitions. Here are their impressions of this event:

Peter Rich

“It was truly an honour to be invited by the 16 Venice Architectural Biennale curators (as one of 71 architectural practises from the world), to curate an aspect of my work at this year’s Venice Biennale. It was an elevated platform – this year focusing on humanity, beauty and generosity in the affirmation of Architecture as the mother of all Arts.

My thanks and appreciation go to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mc Namara, who curated this exhibition-like conductors of an orchestra. Their aptitude and insight, working from strong core principles of architecture ensured that I received valuable critique regarding my exhibition, while their efficient logistics made it a pleasure to participate in this the sixteenth International Architecture Exhibition.

There was furthermore reverence for those we learn from, and the buildings in which we exhibited the generosity exercised by the curators seemed to neutralize both ego and “ism’s” from this occasion.

During the exhibition I was able to display 15 drawings of eight selected projects of mine, including the Mapumgubwe Interpretive Centre and the Stone House in China. The drawings focus on the organic aspect of my work which the curators felt responded best to the ‘Freespace’ theme of this year’s Venice Biennale.

The sketches of these projects were reproduced on a monumental scale on printed canvas and transparent textile sheets. These were suspended from the Arsenale’s six-metre-high ceilings from a mobile structure designed and built in Johannesburg from South African Kiaat hardwood and aluminium.

Through this exhibition I was able to pay tribute to the context of the Arsenale as well as to all buildings inspired during the thirteenth to fifteenth century in Venice. The beautiful southern light, filtering through, gave the exhibition an ethereal feeling, as though the Arsenale was converted into a ‘temple of light’.

Looking forward

Whilst the exhibition is on display in Venice until the 26 November 2018, I intend to raise funding to allow for an exhibition which will travel throughout South Africa, I will also l be conducting architectural sketching workshops alongside the exhibition.

My recommendation to all SAIA architects is that, should you be given the opportunity to exhibit at the Venice Biennale, grab it because it will be an experience of a lifetime.

My wish is for SAIA and SACAP to support the Venice Biennale by facilitating assistance and helping to fund the exhibitions of South African architects, including ensuring a budget is made available by the Department of Arts and Culture. In this way South Africa’s finest architecture will be placed on a world stage, where it its uniqueness and substance can be profiled.”

To read more about Peter Rich and his work, go to www.peterricharchitects.com

Charl de Villiers

On receiving an invitation from the GAA Foundation to exhibit at this year’s private Time Space Existence exhibition, hosted by the Centre for European Culture, concurrent with the Venice Biennale, I worked on a time, cost and material efficient exhibition with highly pleasing results.

I have been working on this project for five years; a period in my life which has, at times, been challenging from a professional perspective, as well as a beautiful and richly rewarding opportunity that I have fully embraced. The project is the Mountain Home which is not only a private residence but also a so-called Light Seed, that is, a Secular Sacred Space, offering meditation and Noble Silence opportunities through a petite amphitheatre in the garden and a wetland courtyard, populated with indigenous fauna and flora. A three storey high concrete wall on a public street will feature a Sanskrit prayer.

Through this project I demonstrated how previously unused council land can be used for urban densification purposes, a universal theme which is presently particularly relevant to South Africa. I trust this will inspire other similar projects in future.

Presentation of the Mountain Home

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Photo Credit: Mountain Home at Time Space Existence exhibition photographed by Andrea Ferro

Photo credit: Time, Space, Existence Catalogue photographed by Rupert de Beer

My exhibition took the form of three large vertical banners, in black and white, printed on high quality Ferrari PVC. These were couriered to Venice. The curators installed the posters superbly. They were placed in a main room in Palazzo Bembo, filled with bronze male nude sculptures and featuring a spectacular doorway (with marble architraves) leading onto a passage. The posters were wall-mounted in this passage in such a way that they are centrally framed as seen when looking from the sculpture room though the doorway.

Experiencing the Time Space Existence exhibition concurrent to the Biennale

The exhibition was spread over several palazzos (palaces) alongside the Grand Canal and at the vernissage evenings (opening nights) a party atmosphere was tangible. Italian delicacies such as parma ham and parmesan cheeses were in ample supply on arrival and the prosecco flowed. The exhibition presented the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow exhibitors from around the world, both architects and artists, allowing for new friendships and connections to be made and thus broaden both my life and professional experiences, given South Africa’s sometimes insular local architectural landscape.

I was struck by the use of hand-made models in Venice and I feel so inspired that I will be taking up my somewhat rusted modelling skills again now on my return. Being in touch with international trends certainly inspired me to approach my future work in a different way.

The exhibition provided a glorious reminder of what Architecture could be and it provides an insight into the numerous topical issues with which architects currently grapple with globally. It re-awakened my appreciation for how architecture manifests in so many different ways within its various international contexts. I recommend participating in, or visiting, the exhibition to all SAIA members looking for fresh inspiration.

Photo Credit: Charl de Villiers with Time,
Space Existence catalogue photographed by
Rupert de Beer

Modernist ode: Charl de Villiers’s
Mountain Home project in Pretoria

03 Mountain Home_Outbuilding Perspectives

Mountain Home – Outbuilding

05Mountain Home Progress Photo

Mountain Home – Progress

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Nadia Tromp

I received an invitation from the GAA Foundation in 2017 to exhibit at the Time Space Existence exhibition, hosted by the Centre for European Culture, in the context of the Venice 2018 Biennale.

The curators were interested in the way I practice architecture in an environment with limited financial resources and at times within hostile communities. The challenges that architects face are specific to the site, the client, environment and end-users. The socio-economic context of a project is a critical indicator of the way I approach a project. Our discourse in exploring the contributions that marginalised communities could make to society and how this research is brought into our work, became a point of interest for the curators.

My exhibition is titled ‘(re) occupying the city.‘ Under this theme, I chose to do two separate exhibitions

One exhibition inside the Palazzo Mora, focussing on two recent projects, the Westbury Clinic, which won the World Architecture Festival Award 2017 for Health category in Berlin, a Gifa Award of Excellence 2018 and SAIA 2018 Merit Award of excellence. This is a new build in a previously marginalised community where we looked to address the historical injustices of that community through creating a democratic public space that could be shared by all. The second project, the Esselen Street Clinic, is the re-purposing of a heritage building design by Willem Pabst in 1943 in the densely populated urban neighbourhood of Hillbrow.

Our second exhibition is a sculpture in the garden, entitled ‘refuge’, under the theme of ‘(re) occupying the city’. We have revisited the theme of this project over and over again in the past 10 years within our practice, developing our thinking around the refugee crisis in Europe and our local condition of migrancy within Johannesburg along with the numerous xenophobic attacks which have played out on our streets. The sculpture in the garden reflects both of these conditions. We are curious about the role that design could play in raising awareness around current issues facing our societies and humanity. We collaborated with Tebogo Ramatlo on bringing the sculpture to life. His video plays poignantly alongside showing how a migrant woman from the north of Africa makes her way, with her two children, to South Africa.

A physical disruption of the urban landscape can become the catalyst for change. It becomes a reflection on a society that is supposedly orderly and well-structured, being juxtaposed to the perceived invasion and disruption by the refugees. It forces dialogue around issues that may be uncomfortable to confront.

In this case, the physical transformation of the landscape is temporary, not unlike the drifting migrant. The tactile materiality of the space allows viewer to become immersed in the art and the narrative.

The entire exhibition was designed and built in our Johannesburg office. This exercise was not without its challenges, most especially the shipping of the sculpture. It had to be dismantled for shipping and then welded back together in a workshop in Venice. This gave me a unique experience of working with local craftsmen and collaborating with local architects.

While the experience of being part of the global architectural community through the Venice Biennale was a great honour, I feel that it is still too exclusive. We have so many amazingly talented architects locally that are doing a wide range of projects which demonstrate our local skill and innovation. We should be looking to showcase our own architects and create the elevated platform for people to share their work and have the exposure deserved.

Thank you to the PPC Group for their generous sponsorship of my exhibition. We have plans to bring the exhibition back after November 2018 and to take it around the country as a travelling exhibition. We are currently looking for further sponsorship to enable us to do this.

Nadia Tromp showcased community-responsive designs such as her firm’s refurbishment of the Hillbrow clinic (Giovanni Vio)

View Nadia Tromp’s work here (videos)

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Venice Biennale: What is it about?