Peter Rich Architects - Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts
Peter Rich, a world renowned architect, recently exhibited his work at the Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts. Peter Rich is dedicated to the creation of contemporary African architecture. He creates places and spaces that are meaningful, moving and uplifting for all who occupy them. He has been a student, practitioner and teacher of architecture for the past four-and-a-half decades, and during this time he has carried out extensive first-hand research into African vernacular architecture.
He has been a pioneer of an architecture that translates the lessons learnt from this research into practice, and as a result is truly African in its essence. Peter Rich architects have had a long standing relationship with Hydraform, and have made use of Hydraform technology in the construction of award winning buildings such as the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre.
The Learnt in Translation took place from the 14 – 30 September in the Main, Mezzanine, Multi-media Gallery. Peter's work has won a host of national and international awards. Most recently the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre was awarded the World Building of the Year Award 2009, at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona and the David Alsop Sustainability Award, both in 2009. Peter Rich was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010.
Two main themes of Peter's work are reflected in the layout of the exhibition itself: ‘the house is not a home, unless it is a village' and the use of diagonal extensions. The exhibition is conceived as a series of ‘courtyards', defined by a number of ‘boxes', which are created by suspending fabric banners from a ceiling-mounted grid of dowel sticks, with canvas drapes forming their ‘roofs'. In plan, the ‘boxes' are arranged in a tartan grid, creating diagonal visual connections between the courtyards. Each courtyard deals with a project or with a group of projects that are linked by a common theme.
The eight courtyards had the following themes:
- + Early works and influences, including the architecture of the Southern Ndebele.
- + Westridge House, Elim Shopping Cente, Tembisa Sports Centre and Clinic
- + Houses
- + Community Projects (Places of Reconciliation)
- + Alexandra Interpretation Centre
- + Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre
- + Works in Rwanda
- + Works in Ethiopia and current African work