WINNER: Buildings greater than 3-Storeys
Sol Plaatje University Library C004
This bold and original project pushes the boundaries of architectural and engineering design, which required very high expectations from the concrete to perform not only as a structural but also as an aesthetic material. The result is a spectacular three- dimensional envelope which allows a 2.7m wide perimeter void between the external envelope and the floor plates. This resulted in in an envelope as an integrated 'wall and roof' shell that is functionally, structurally and technically independent of the ‘building' within it.
The contractor managed the unusually demanding staging and shuttering of huge areas of free-standing external envelope walling at the highest possible standards and delivered a highly refined, consistently silky off-steel surface finish.
This landmark library not only celebrates concrete as its main material but it allows concrete a highly visible civic and sculptural presence. Concrete becomes one of the key features of the main pedestrian spine of the new university campus which links it to the surrounding city of Kimberley. This project is a worthy winner of the Fulton Award in the “Buildings Greater Than Three Storeys” Category.
Location: Kimberley (Northern Cape)
Submitted by: Murray & Dickson Construction
Client: Sol Plaatje University
Principal Agent: AECOM
Main Contractor: Murray & Dickson Construction
Specialist Sub-Contractors: Lafarge
Architect: Mark Horner - designworkshop : sa
Structural Engineer: Heinrich Stander - Aurecon Group