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South African Apartheid Museum
Johannesburg, Gauteng




Client:Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd

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26°14'17.09" S 28°00'31.49" E
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Award Citation

This project is closely linked to its theme and becomes the proscenium to the theatre-in-the-round of its presentation. The visitor becomes the participator in the drama of violent and violated memory. The architecture is not however overtly literal in its symbolism. Rather it exploits what is by now almost clichéd current technologies so as to elicit an emotive response and provoke a personal narrative. It reacts to the brashness of the mining culture and the recreational activities it has spawned - the gambling emporium for which it was the “sweetener” and the amusement park – and recontextualises these into the theatre of the museum. The screams of amusement of the riders of the big dipper take on an ominous and terrifying dimension. The project gives architectural expression in contemporary form to a yet unresolved past and is conferred with a national award of merit.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Unknown. 2004. Apartheid Museum. Hector Pietersen Museum.. Architecture S.A.. Dec-04
Pauling, C. 2001. Real communication: the South African Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City. Planning. November/December
Phaidon. 2004. Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, The. London: Phaidon. pg 637
Gerneke, Gus. Apartheid Museum: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 126-129

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