Two impressive local buildings have been nominated for ArchDaily’s Building of the Year 2018. Both the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town and Bosjes in the Breede River Valley have been entered in the cultural architecture and religious architecture categories respectively.
The Zeitz MOCAA, designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studios in London, opened last year and is the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary African art, history and culture. It sits regally in the Silo district at the V&A Waterfont and has attracted numerous visitors from South African and the world. The striking design has retained the industrial feel of the old working Silo and features a mix of concrete, glass and steel.
Bosjes is the unmistakeable chapel built on a vineyard in the Breede River Valley and was designed by South-African-born but London-based Coetzee Steyn of Steyn Studios in London. Inspired by biblical passages, the structure resembles a flock of birds flapping their wings. The undulating roof is reflected by the expansive pond beneath it and offers picturesque views of the surrounding winelands.
This cultural news comes as a necessary bit of good news for the Western Cape, which is currently suffering the worst drought in over 100 years. The country is exceptionally lucky to have two such architectural feats and it’s great to hear that they’re being acknowledged internationally.
The awards, held by renowned architectural magazine ArchDaily, are now in their 9th year and the magazine have changed the structure of the awards slightly. This is the first time readers are able to vote for their favourite structure, one per category, as a way of ensuring the awards are unbiased. Voting opened on the 1st of February and closed on the 7th.
The Zeitz MOCAA took home the award for its category!
Read more about the awards here.
Zeitz MOCAA photography courtesy of Iwan Baan. Bosjes photography courtesy of Adam Letch.