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Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa. Architect: Makeka Design Lab, 2019.

Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa. Architect: Makeka Design Lab, 2019.
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: View across courtyard. Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa. Architect: Makeka Design Lab, 2019.
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:Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
:Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa. Architect: Makeka Design Lab, 2019.
:Cape Town
:South Africa
:Makeka Design Lab
:Culture And Entertainment
:Historic Building
:2019
:VIEW Architecture
:One of Cape Town’s oldest and most storied buildings, presumably built by slaves and strongly associated with the setting down of colonial roots, has undergone a physical and spiritual metamorphosis to become the new home of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. Situated in the historic core of the city, a stone’s throw from the old fortified castle, City Hall and the Grand Parade, the Old Granary has retained its architectural integrity while being retro-fitted to suit the needs of a modern foundation and its work. The Old Granary is where the Foundation runs its programmes, houses its archives, mounts exhibitions and engages in dialogue through hosting events such as seminars, workshops, debates and press conferences. The Foundation took occupation of the Old Granary in 2018. It is anticipated that the Foundation will complete its settling-in process, and that all aspects of the building will be fully operational, by 2020. The Foundation and City agreed to a restoration philosophy that re-imagined existing space, as far as possible, rather than breaking things down and starting from scratch. Walls of glass are used to create office and archiving accommodation, maximising natural light and enabling one to visualise the original sizes and shapes of the building. Suitable environmental control and lighting technologies are retro-fitted without interfering with the building’s original structural integrity. Downstairs, at street level, modern exhibition spaces have been created, framed by old brick walls and curious windows and entrance ways. There are a few modern building touches such as a new glass walkway on the Longmarket Street side, and the introduction of lifts, not least to comply with safety and security regulations. The restored Old Granary complex comprises a total of 4 200 square metres of leasable office space, with nearly half of the space used by the Foundation. In March 2017, the complex was declared a provincial heritage site. There is a huge sense of irony that this building that once symbolised colonial advance and the subjugation of indigenous people is now in the hands of a foundation representing the legacy of one of the foremost exponents of post-colonial, post-apartheid thought.
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:Dennis Gilbert
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