Thomas Heatherwick: “There was a real worry about whether we could get people to come inside”

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, designer Thomas Heatherwick reveals how he overcame early fears that no one would visit the art galleries in his new Cape Town art museum. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, opened last week and is now South Africa’s biggest art museum. Located inside a converted 1920s grain

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Thomas Heatherwick reveals Zeitz MOCAA art galleries carved out of Cape Town grain silo

Thomas Heatherwick has created South Africa’s biggest art museum – by hollowing out the inside of a historic grain silo building. Described by the British designer as “the world’s tubiest building”, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, is set to become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art. It

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Glazed corners peel back to allow sea breezes into Malan Vorster’s Cape Town house

The living spaces of this seaside house in Cape Town are lined with sliding glass walls that can be pulled aside to connect the interiors with a series of external decks, patios and balconies overlooking the ocean. Clifton House was designed by local architecture firm Malan Vorster for a site in the suburb of Clifton,

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Pink Cape Town house by Fold Architects features rooftop pool and vertical garden

A rooftop swimming pool offers views over Cape Town from this house, which was designed by local studio Fold Architects with pink-painted walls to offset a verdant vertical garden. House IIIA is located on in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, a historical area that was once the city’s Islamic quarter and situated on a slope above the city centre. A decked roof terrace makes the

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Pink Cape Town house by The Fold Architects features rooftop pool and vertical garden

A rooftop swimming pool offers views over Cape Town from this house, which was designed by local studio The Fold Architects with pink-painted walls to offset a verdant vertical garden. House IIIA is located on in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, a historical area that was once the city’s Islamic quarter and situated on a slope above the city centre. A decked roof terrace makes

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Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital combines concrete and brick with colourful details and big windows

Sheppard Robson and John Copper Architecture have completed a children’s hospital in Johannesburg, which features brick facades and large windows that allow patients to take in the landscaping. Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a 200-bed, eight-theatre paediatric facility serving the children of South Africa. The country’s former president was dedicated to improving medical care for children

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Mountainside villa by SAOTA frames Cape Town’s spectacular scenery

A+Awards: South African studio SAOTA received a 2016 Architizer A+Award for this residence in Cape Town, which enjoys views of the area’s dramatic rock formations. The 2,023-square-metre house, named OVD 919, looks down over the city’s affluent beachside neighbourhoods Bantry Bay and Clifton from a lofty perch on a mountain known as Lion’s Head. “Nestled

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Malan Vorster’s treehouse-like residence offers views of Cape Town forest

Four cylindrical towers are elevated on stilts to create this retreat in Cape Town, which was designed by local studio Malan Vorster to offer views among the trees. The Cape Town-based architects designed the residence for a client who wanted their hide-away in the Constantia suburb of the South African capital that resembles a tree house. The aim was to respond to the

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Jan Sofka takes cues from Japanese home for rural residence near Cape Town

Stone, brick and wood introduce subtle textures to this house near Cape Town, which was designed by architect Jan Sofka to resemble a Japanese home spotted on Dezeen. Hoptoad house was initiated in 2013 by entrepreneur Sven ten Bokkel Huinink, who was looking to build a second property on his existing smallholding in Noordhoek, a village around 30 kilometres south

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Steyn Studio’s chapel frames dramatic views of South African countryside below its sinuous roof

A bright white canopy undulates above the glazed walls of this chapel outside Cape Town, framing views right through it to scenic mountains, vineyards and pomegranate orchards. UK practice Steyn Studio worked with South African studio TV3 Architects to design the Bosjes Chapel, which is located on the Bosjes Farm in South Africa’s picturesque Witzenberg district. The surface of the cast-concrete roof rises

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Snøhetta presents memorial arch to Desmond Tutu at Design Indaba

Snøhetta has revealed a prototype of an arch in honour of South African social-rights activist Desmond Tutu, which will be built near the National Parliament in Cape Town. Developed as a partnership between Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta and Johannesburg office Local Studio, the Memorial Arch was unveiled during the finale of the Design Indaba 2017 conference in Cape Town.

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Concrete garden pavilion by Metropolis offers outdoor dining to a Cape Town villa

South African studio Metropolis has completed a concrete pavilion in the grounds of a house in Cape Town, featuring sheltered seating and dining areas with views of nearby Table Mountain (+ slideshow). The Midden Garden Pavilion was designed by Cape Town-based Metropolis as part of the renovation of the villa and its grounds in the affluent suburb of Constantia. The More

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Pearl Bay Residence provides ocean views from South African coast

Glass sliding doors surrounding the living areas of this coastal house in South Africa can be retracted to create open-air spaces overlooking the ocean (+ slideshow). Australia-based Gavin Maddock Design Studio designed the Pearl Bay Residence as a holiday home for a client who will eventually retire to the spot located in the harbour town of […]

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David Adjaye to turn Johannesburg high-rise into plant-covered apartment block

Adjaye Associates has unveiled a proposal to transform a 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg into luxury apartments and a hotel, with balconies covered in plants (+ slideshow). David Adjaye’s firm – which has also just revealed a £600 million scheme for London’s Piccadilly – will overhaul the 17-storey building known as Hallmark House, in the South African city’s fast-developing […]

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2015 Travel Bucket List

I’ve taken inspiration from one of my favourite bloggers and decided to create a travel bucket list for 2015. I love to travel and I always end the year feeling like I should and could have done more. Putting it down in words worked well for Lucy in 2014 and may well be the push […]
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Slot windows offer starry views from Swartberg House by Openstudio Architects

Small slots based on the position of constellations puncture the walls of this South African house by Openstudio Architects, bringing light in during the day and offering starry views at night (+ slideshow). Swartberg House was designed by London-based Openstudio Architects as a holiday home for a couple with a young child. Related story: High-level […]

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