The museum is at the foot of The Freedom Park in Pretoria, was constructed during the second phase of the project and is the first point of arrival for the visitor. It is here that the visitor begins their walk along the Vhuwaelo, a contemplative journey that spirals up the hill, stringing together ‘garden’ spaces like beads on a necklace.  

Conceptually and programmatically, the landscape spaces are considered extensions of the Boulders, and to this end, the red clay brick was selected as the primary material, opening up the possibilities for treating vertical and horizontal planes in a uniform manner, connecting the immediate landscape to the copper of the Boulders and the red soils of the hill. Rusted steel, timber, raw concrete finishes, and low-level lighting complement and accentuate this palette, furthering the effects of the metaphor. Circulation routes, gathering spaces (covered and open-to-air), viewpoints, and thresholds are cut into this ‘clay-like’ base, creating a series of ramps, terraces, and enclaves.

Project: The Freedom Park //hapo
Location: Pretoria, Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa
Type: Museum
Status: Completed 2013
Project Team: collaboration with Thinus Venter, NLA, Bagale, GREENinc, Momo JV
Photography: courtesy of GREENinc

ILASA Award of Excellence (2013)