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Contract value R35-million
Design, as member Imbonofja Architects cc
Different, Modern, Xhosa, Functional, Accessible
The Mvezo school was part of a bigger development in the small but famous village of Qunu, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The project was the brain child of his grandson Mandla Mandela. He requested the design and redevelopment of an existing primary school to be a modern state of the art school designed to ensure aesthetics of the school to match that of any modern school in the country.
The normal school design in the old Transkei predominantly are designed by using a standard template as per specified norms and standards provided by the government. The clients brief was to design renovate and upgrade the existing to be a new unit.
Xhosa tradition was very important and design elements formed the Xhosa traditional shield in the gate and office building roof design.
The school had to stay functional and also function within the community in terms of its layout and positioning of functions that will be used by the community.
Areas that would be used by the community had to be positioned to ensure access was not granted to the rest of the school to ensure security of learners at all times.