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Marketplace: A collaboration

May 29, 2017 | Design and Decor, Featured


With residential skyscrapers along 57th Street in Manhattan a growing trend, architectural firm Oiio has conceptualised a building set to be the world’s longest. The Big Bend draws attention to the questionable  trend in Manhattan of a building’s height impacting price, namely  the higher it is the more expensive  the square meterage. But instead of height being the prestige factor, they ask, how about changing the narrative to length?


A collaboration between world-renowned architectural firm Snøhetta and South Africa’s Local Studio was revealed at Design Indaba in March. Arch for the Arch is a memorial to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his work over the years as a human rights activist. It’s also a reminder to all South Africans that the trust between government and the governed is of critical importance now more than ever. Through various workshops the two firms came up with the shape of an arch that will consist of 14 intertwined strands of bent wood, representing the 14 chapters of the South African constitution. The first arch will take its permanent location in Johannesburg at South Africa’s highest judicial court later this year. The second arch will take its place in Cape Town between St George’s Cathedral, where Tutu served  as archbishop, and the National Parliament. These two sites serve to symbolically link the sites of Parliament and the Constitutional Court.,

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