Guga S’Thebe Theatre

Collaboration:

The project is part of a collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, School of Architecture, PBSA Düsseldorf, School of Architecture, [Germany], AIT, magazine and exhibition gallery for architecture and interior architecture, Cologne/ Munich/ Hamburg/ Stuttgart [Germany] and Rotterdam [the Netherlands].

 

Outline:

The project is part of a program where students from the Georgia Institute of Technology design and build an extension to Arts and Culture Centre Guga s’Thebe in Langa in South Africa in collaboration with two German Universities (RWTH Aachen University and PBSA Düsseldorf) and local architects (Carin Smuts, CS studio) under involvement of the local community. Starting from the first design sketches and models to detailed design plans students experience all phases of a construction project. Detail design, calculating quantities, scheduling, financing/sponsoring and cost control are part of the task. During the construction phase students as well as unskilled local workers learn how to deal with different construction materials and their specific application as well as the entire building process from constructing foundations to the cladding of a building. Through teamwork and selective prefabrication of building components in the Digital Fabrication Lab at Georgia Tech the project can be built within a short time span.

The students learn to develop a strong awareness for built environment in another culture and the adequateness of applied construction methods. This includes understanding architecture as social practice and realizing it with all consequences.

The research linked to this program studies the appropriate use of indigenous materials in an industrial application process.  Within the Digital Building Lab at Georgia Tech different methods and standards for alternative building materials based on an empirical as well as scientific research approach have been tested. For an adequate design in a foreign culture, sub-saharan climate conditions and a poor community the implementation of the right materials and construction methods is essential. Which materials are locally available? Is it possible to use non-industrial materials that need a lot of manual labor? Which possibilities are given for re-use, recycling and up-cycling? Can a strong design let a ‘poor’ material become ‘rich’? Which potentials are contained in the material – constructively, energetically, and aesthetically? How can the selective use of high-performance materials improve an indigenous construction?

In Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township, the Arts and Culture Centre Guga s’Thebe attracts a lot of local children, adolescents and artists as well as international tourists. As Guga s’Thebe is a unique chance for the inhabitants of Langa to experience art and culture as well as an international dialogue, the development of the site to answer current needs is essential, as the adjacent space will otherwise be taken over by housing blocks. To offer an additional program a large multi-purpose space is needed. This could facilitate productions of local theatre companies, concerts, church services, marriages and festivals.

 

 

Site | Pre-construction

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main facade

Rendering | Main Facade

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Perspective View | Main Facade | Realized

Realized | Main Facade

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night perspective

Rendering | Exterior | Night

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08 Installing Insulation

Construction | Exterior

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50 Right Front High Ele

Realized | Exterior

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Floor Plan | Level I

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02 Foundation

Pouring Foundations | Construction

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Floor Plan | Level II

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03 Containers

Container Delivery | Structure | Construction

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interior-01

Performance Hall | Interior | Night | Rendering

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06 Drying Insulation

Performance Hall | Interior | Construction

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interior-02

Level II | Interior | Night | Rendering

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19 Red Bull

Level II | Interior | Realized

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Site Plan

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23 Birds Eye

Aerial | Exterior | Realized

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East Elevation

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04 Trusses

Truss Placement | Roof | Construction

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North Elevation

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05 Insulation

North Elevation | Insulation Panels | Construction

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West Elevation

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74 Night Time Back Faced

East Elevation | Exterior | Night | Realized

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Elevation South

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53 Right RIght Ele

South Elevation | Realized

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Cross Section

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Longitudinal Section

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76 Design Group

Phase 03 | Georgia Tech | PBSA

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