The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa

The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa

What is behind the elevation of this structure in South Africa is mud bricks. Designed by South African architect Peter Rich, the building located in a rocky landscape within Mapungubwe National Park, won the 2009 World Building of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival.

According to the architect, the structure was constructed with “a long-forgotten vaulting technique that bricklayers from North Africa took to Catalonia, and which was used by architects such as Antoni Gaudi”.

Mud has been a generational and a natural cooling system in Africa for ages. And has been innovated over time.

The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre was raised using soil from a construction site with 5% of additional cement to create the clay mixture.

It stands boldly today in South Africa as one of the favorites places in Africa for tourists across the world.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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