South Africa

Goooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaal!!! by Michelle Linden








I really like the design of this World Cup Stadium in Durbin, South Africa. But, one of the things I like most is that I've never heard of the designers before.... It is always great to see work by new (to me) designers and architects!
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The team includes Theunissen Jankowitz urban, Amrbo-Afrique Consultants, Osmond Lange Architects and Planners, NSM Designs, Mthulisi Msimang, and gmp International.
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Ready for a Safari by Michelle Linden








I really want to go to Africa.... and yes, I realize the continent is too big to visit in one trip (or a lifetime). I've got some specific ideas, but I won't go into too much detail here. C & I had once upon a time planned on going when I turned 30, but that snuck up way too fast... so then we decided we'd go for our 10 year anniversary, but now the economy and time are in cahoots to make this a 40th birthday bash! Still, even with years to go to save up, I have a feeling that we won't be staying anywhere near as nice as these hotels... but a girl can dream, right?
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All photos via minimalist baths
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Mashabane Rose Architects by Michelle Linden

Mashabane Rose Architects is well known in their home in South Africa as well as abroad, but I have just been exposed to their work. Not only do they develop intriguing modern designs, but most of their work (including HIV/AIDS care facilities, memorials, and Oprah's new girls' school) also has a social conscience. They are quite a spectacular group of architects... and people.

University of Johannesburg Art Centre

The two photos above are the result of a winning entry for an October 2003 competition. Mashebane Rose provide this lovely design for the newly merged Johannesburg Technikon and RAU University contemporary theatre and art gallery.

Hector Pieterson Memorial

The two photos above are of the Hector Pieterson Memorial museum in Soweto. It is dedicated to the youth uprising against apartheid in 1976 and named after 12 year old Hector, who was the first student killed in the conflict.