A Threshold Architecture for the Creative Campus

Adrian Burgerhoff, South African, SAOTA

Nadiyah Burgerhoff, South African, SAOTA


The project suggests an extrovert architectural nature, more joyful and ecstatic, with a looser, more open framework that stimulates the spaces within us. An arts centre by its very nature allows for a whimsical freedom to approach the architecture as an artwork; the curvilinear gives rise to a poetry that influences life and transforms the university through an explicit spatial dimension, generating form innate to the concept.

The design accommodates ideas, relations and blended conditions to create an experiential space, acting as a precinct typology that functionally suspends the parallel dynamics of fluidity and rigidity to facilitate evolution and growth. Culturality is continuously dis-entangled and re-entangled through the medium of creativity towards generating a vibrant intercultural interchange.

The design intention is a move towards finding a renewed and revitalized vocabulary for human life in the city, simultaneously evolving through democratic, scientific, and artful aspects.

The successful integration of mutually evolving societies begins where differing idioms are laminated into a threshold architecture. This does not represent a compromise, inherent to our uncertainties, but as a dynamic ecological logic within our differences and reciprocation of ideas emanating from the rich capital, from which our architecture could begin to reinvigorate its educational paradigm.

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