Sol Plaatje University, Central Campus Building C002 - Moroka Hall of Residence Dining Hall, Lecture Rooms and Offices
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This building designed by Savage + Dodd is functionally far more complex than the other buildings. The building comprises a 174-room residence, a dining hall and kitchen, teaching venues, academic offices and ground floor retail space onto the square. This dining hall can cater for 500 students. Above this facility is an examination hall. This space also functions as a graduation venue and an indoor sports venue for students as well as for many other social functions.
This space is reached by two grand staircases that lead to a balcony in front of the hall. The balcony has been partially enclosed by a carefully designed metal screen. This remarkable screen, facing onto the courtyard, is full of colour and its components are designed to move in the wind, providing it with a kinetic quality. This use of colour is taken further with a much bolder usage of coloured glass in the courtyards of the residential section of the building.
The main entry from the university square into the dining hall, teaching spaces and the academic offices is marked by a boldly designed screen that, when lit up at night, becomes an impressive sculptural element.
This is a building of many parts using a rich architectural language to excellent effect.
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