WHIM architecture celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday with monument design in Cape Town
WHIM architecture has designed an educative, recreational and multifunctional centre that resembles the head of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionist Nelson Mandela for Mandela op de fiets fonds to construct a memorial for his legacy that will stand for past, present and future.
Designed for Mandela’s 95th birthday, the monument has been suggested for a location near Table Mountain at District Six in Cape Town, South Africa. The size of the building would be 30 m wide and 60 m high for purposes of visibility and accessibility on the mountain, providing a panoramic view of Cape Town and its coastline.
Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 and raised in the East-Cape in South Africa. He was a member of the Ixhiba clan and started to revolt against the apartheid regime in his early twenties which brought him in jail for 27 years after which he was released in 1990. After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize Award in 1993 he was inaugurated South Africa’s first democratically elected President serving from 1994 till 1999.
Due to Nelson Mandela approach to democracy, equality and learning, WHIM architecture designed this memorable centre to teach all generations about Mandela’s work and heritage. Consisting of two different appearances of the façade the monument will illustrate the use of natural resources.
From below the building will look green by its vegetative façade. Solar panels have been included to harness the sun rays, providing the building with sufficient energy with excess to power nearby neighbourhoods. A variety of open terraces are also included in the plan facing Robben Island to create attractive open areas and to protect the interior from direct sunlight.
The design and the location were selected by WHIM architecture to create a nostalgic area in memory of Nelson Mandela. District Six was inhabited by a racially mixed community until it was forcibly demolished in 1966. It’s also on the route of regular double-decker buses rammed with tourists. It is hoped that the monument will be able to take advantage of the 4 million tourists that visit Cape Town and District Six each year.