Media24 judges selected eight designs that they felt were notable for their creativity and imagination.
In all, we received 94 entries in response to the call for submissions to reimagine the Media24 building. In a two-phase judging process, a panel of independent curators and internal Media24 judges selected eight designs that they felt were notable for their creativity and imagination. They are:
Tsai Design Studio, Cape Town
Turning the building into a medium of communication with strong visual connections to the city to create a bold urban sculpture that enhances the landmark location of Media24 within a new cultural precinct. The building is wrapped in a ‘canvas’ of a series of perforated aluminium fins placed around the building, with media screens on the north wall. Solar harvesters are fixed to the fins and a glazed box introduced to the bottom two floors.
Wilkinson Architects, Pretoria
Wrap Down was conceived as a way to give the city back to the people by creating a new media plaza that connects the existing pedestrian avenue with all planned precincts, incorporating public art installations and creating a new events space for the city. An inspiring and ambitious urban design proposal which premises the revitalisation of the foreshore to reconnect the M24 with the city. Yellow, grey and black Perspex clads a galvanised steel frame to the core utilities block for the building. On the north-west elevation, a cut-out of galvanised steel sheeting presents a profile of Walter Sisulu to the avenue that carries his name. The design is completed with a treed plaza at the back to create quality public spaces.
MLB Architecture and Urban Design, Cape Town
Reimagining an Icon
Retrofitting the original Nationale Pers building to retain its historical elements, by using separate façade systems on the different elevations that respond to each elevation’s specific context, mixing geometry and form with diaphanous membranes, louvres and natural materials. This design retrofits the building with new modern materials using curved geometries, sun screens and louvres. Layered stainless steel mesh is fixed to a steel support structure on the north-east and south-west elevations, and an aluminium patterned feature is illuminated at night.
DBM Architects, Pretoria
Roots serve as anchors, gripping tightly into Mother Earth, growing from the ground forming new branches and leaves. This is symbolic for Media24, anchored into the Mother City for 100 years. By using principles of sustainable design and without altering the structure, the rigid building transforms to showcase Media24 as a media company on-the-move and to fit in with the company’s mission of informing, entertaining, educating and connecting people. Using the analogy of anchoring or rooting Media24 in the city, the bold design features full height glazing to the lower floors with aluminium sun screens. Roots are formed with a steel structure made of composite aluminium cladding, and canopies appear at slab levels between the roots. The design also features a green roof top and entertainment area and aluminium or steel artistic metal meshwork on the sides completes the design.
DHK Architects, Cape Town
Media Coverage uses the metaphor of a magazine cover to associate the print media rejuvenation with the rejuvenation of the existing building. Using multi-media materials, the northern façade becomes a magazine cover, and louvres on the southern façade represents the magazine’s pages. This design uses inspiring modern technology to wrap the building in LED ‘media mesh’. Photovoltaic solar panels are placed on the roof to generate energy, and greenery mesh is added to the harbour facing façade.
OVP Associates, Cape Town
News never occurs in a vacuum, but builds on old events. The concept draws on the notion of meeting, in the joining and layering of two facades; one old and one new. The new façade is an additional layer of information that frames and builds on the old. The neutral and transparent image of glass skin on both sides (future) contrasts with the opaqueness and solidity of concrete (past). This design features a new outer glass skin on the north-east and south-west façades to create a new double-skin façade. Aluminium framing is used with photovoltaic panels or solar cells. A steel structure and rooftop garden is added to the roof, with new planters for trees.
Collaboration between three practices: BFR lab, P-en-M and Blacklines on Whitepaper Johannesburg and Cologne, Germany
Shades of Colour
Shades of Colour proposes a fresh, colourful, sustainable and dynamic façade that refers to the iconic bris-de-soleil facades in Cape Town’s CBD. Window shading reduces air conditioning; the colour gradient links Media24’s colours with the urban surrounding; and the prismatic, faceted geometry of the modules generates varying views of the building depending on the viewer’s position within the city; and on the 22nd floor the façade forms a terrace with views to the city. Metal powder-coated aluminium canopies are attached to each window bay to provide solar shading and colour.
Lesley van Schalkwyk, Cape Town
Green, Cultural, Ambience, Proudly South African
This design aims to create a strikingly beautiful, unique and original work of art designed to best complement its surroundings. The proposal celebrates the wealth of natural talent among South African artists; promotes indigenous South African foliage in a vertical green wall; brightens the windows and provides clean energy using new solar glass technology; and a new walkway from the circle intersection joins an upper level at the entrance of the building that will encompass a garden, restaurants and art installations. Solar panels are added to the roof, colourful glass panels brighten the façade, and a vertical green wall and outdoor botanical themed garden provides a new green environment. A footbridge connects the Coen Steytler traffic circle with the building.