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Project Summary

Stabilized earth visitors’ center

The Stabilized earth visitors’ center, Mapungubwe National Park was completed in 2009 and builds relationships amongst people as well as between people and the environment.

The building’s form uses materials and techniques which reflect the landscape and cultural traditions of the place. The innovative construction uses stabilized earth tiles in a system of lightweight vaulted spaces.

Project Timeline

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“Global knowledge must meet local building materials”
Mapungubwe Interpretation Center completed
Peter Rich wins World Building of the Year award
Sustainable construction projects applauded across Africa Middle East
“An innovative construction technique using a light-weight vaulted-system for roofs and walls fabricated using stabilized earth-tiles” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2008 for Africa Middle East
Project Details
Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
Peter Rich
Main Author
Peter Rich
Lerotholi Rich Associated Architects, South Africa
Michael Ramage
Further Author
Michael Ramage
University of Cambridge , United Kingdom
Acknowledgement prize 2008
Middle East Africa
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