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Entrance Gate

Bendor Village Entrance Gate

  • Location:

    Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa

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Introduction

This is a tectonic node which marks the entrance to Bendor Village security estate. In Geology, tectonic is the process that controls the structure and properties of the Earth’s crust and its evolution through time. In architecture, tectonics refer to the science and art of construction, both in relation to use and aesthetic design. According to a publication by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tectonics not only refers to the activity of making the materially requisite construction that responds to certain needs, but rather to the activity that raises this construction to an art form.

Introduction

This is a tectonic node which marks the entrance to Bendor Village security estate. In Geology, tectonic is the process that controls the structure and properties of the Earth’s crust and its evolution through time. In architecture, tectonics refer to the science and art of construction, both in relation to use and aesthetic design. According to a publication by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tectonics not only refers to the activity of making the materially requisite construction that responds to certain needs, but rather to the activity that raises this construction to an art form.

The creative choice of slate stones as the primary material on this project signifies the architectural position. That while the natural processes in the creation of natural forms remain divine, our man-made interventions or architectural processes should occur in absolute harmony with and within the natural setting. Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale type sedimentary rock composed of volcanic through low-grade regional metamorphism. The design explores the two extremes where natural processes occur to result in slate stone on one hand, while on the other hand architectural processes occur to result in high-tech fusion of harvested materials to produce building form.

The creative choice of slate stones as the primary material on this project signifies the architectural position. That while the natural processes in the creation of natural forms remain divine, our man-made interventions or architectural processes should occur in absolute harmony with and within the natural setting. Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale type sedimentary rock composed of volcanic through low-grade regional metamorphism. The design explores the two extremes where natural processes occur to result in slate stone on one hand, while on the other hand architectural processes occur to result in high-tech fusion of harvested materials to produce building form.

Staff-Months

6 Months

COMPLETION DATE

2003

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Project Sheet

Staff-Months

6 Months

COMPLETION DATE

2003

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Project Sheet