Boogertman + Partners complete Seth Mokitini Methodist Seminary
Named after one of the greatest leaders of the Methodist Church of African origin Seth Mokitini Methodist Seminary (SMMS) is a training centre for Methodist church ministers in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Africa.
As the largest multi-racial church in Southern Africa, its vision in training ministers is to form ‘Transforming Leaders for Church and Nation,' consistent with the Methodist belief in a practical theology of serving God by making a difference in the daily lives of people and societies. That is, to be Gods hands on earth. The Wesleyan Methodist outlook to the broader social and spiritual life has inspired a dynamic African architectural interpretation of this theological outlook.
The architectural language is intentionally uncompromisingly modern, yet the concepts are derived from the classics, just like Jesus preached from the old text things that were difficult to swallow from his contemporaries. This building challenges the stereotypes that relegate Africa's place in modern history to a nostalgic imaginary past.
Africa must be unapologetic about learning from other cultures, for no culture has ever grown without the contribution of other cultures. Here the architecture strides to reflect an international language in an African dialect. While Europe and her Western counterparts have done a great deal in industrializing and militarizing the world, herewith the missing contribution from Africa... GIVING THE WORLD A HUMANE FACE...