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South African Apartheid Museum
Johannesburg, Gauteng

GAPP ARCHITECTS  and URBAN DESIGNERS: Architect
MASHABANE ROSE and ASSOCIATES: Architect
BANNIE BRITZ and MICHAEL SCHOLES: Architect
Sidney A ABRAMOWITCH: Project coordinator
LINDA MVUSI ARCHITECTURE: Architect
APARTHEID MUSEUM CONSORTIUM: Architect

Date:2001
Client:Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd
Type:Museum
Style:Contemporary
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
-26.238080,28.008747
26°14'17.09" S 28°00'31.49" E

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Award Citation

This project is closely linked to its theme and becomes the proscenium to the theatre-in-the-round of its presentation. The visitor becomes the participator in the drama of violent and violated memory. The architecture is not however overtly literal in its symbolism. Rather it exploits what is by now almost clichéd current technologies so as to elicit an emotive response and provoke a personal narrative. It reacts to the brashness of the mining culture and the recreational activities it has spawned - the gambling emporium for which it was the “sweetener” and the amusement park – and recontextualises these into the theatre of the museum. The screams of amusement of the riders of the big dipper take on an ominous and terrifying dimension. The project gives architectural expression in contemporary form to a yet unresolved past and is conferred with a national award of merit.


Writings about this entry

Unknown. 2004. Apartheid Museum. Hector Pietersen Museum.. Architecture S.A. Dec-04
Pauling, C. 2001. Real communication: the South African Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City. Planning November/December
Phaidon. 2004. Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, The. London: Phaidon. pg 637
Gerneke, Gus Apartheid Museum: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 126-129