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Top ten ‘cool wall’ projects: design summaries

While these submissions were not awarded any prizes, the judges felt that they were notable for their unique innovation, their creativity, or use of technology to bring an old building to life.

Shoes, a coat and a hat
Shoes, to create a decent pedestrian realm around the building’s base in the hostile Foreshore. A coat to soak up the sun and convert it to electricity. A hat to create a sheltered roof garden, with pool, rooftop bar and outdoor gym.

Designed by Riaan Steenkamp & Charlotte de Klerk – Cape Town

Shoes, to create a decent pedestrian realm around the building’s base in the hostile Foreshore. A coat to soak up the sun and convert it to electricity. A hat to create a sheltered roof garden, with pool, rooftop bar and outdoor gym.

Kaleidoscope
A new façade comprising a screen structure, with coloured vertical turbines which change colour on rotation due to the south-east and north-west wind force.
Designed by Ebesa Architects – Cape Town

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Memory / Restoration / Vision – Adaptation
Phase 1: restoring the façade to its original form to best demonstrate and reveal the building’s history and architectural qualities.
Phase 2: re-narrating the building’s contemporary meaning to enhance the heritage and improve accessibility for public enjoyment.
This project received an honourable mention from the curators, in recognition of its proposal to reinstate the building’s original façade.
Designed by Peter Buttgens Architects – Cape Town

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MIMS|Kin
Using a mimetic skin that expands or retracts in response to current weather conditions, and providing an interactive broadcasting platform to introduce a new level of communication within the city.
Designed by Earthworld Architects & Interiors – Pretoria

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Print/Project
Reinterpreting the once-hidden traditional media production machinery – the roll and rollers – and revealing them, transforming the building to a blank canvas that can be used to receive and transmit information using light projections.
Designed by The Workplace Architects – Port Elizabeth

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Reimagining an Icon 2014
Reinventing the building to provide a contemporary image using four key implementations:
-    Recladding the building with photovoltaic solar panels
-    Installing a printer mechanism on each side wall to enable an ever-changing façade
-    Redeveloping the rooftop with a coffee bar and courtyard
-    Reviving the building’s overall surface and cosmetic detailing
Designed by Exposure Industries – Cape Town

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Drum
Embracing the rich tradition of African arts and crafts, precious metals and  vibrant natural colours to transform the building into a  double-skin drum as an analogy of Media24’s communication function, wrapped in a mesh blanket to enhance sustainability.
Designed by Architects Office – Pretoria

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Design24
A dynamic architectural façade that reflects and reacts to its surroundings. Creating two new additions to the existing north-east and north-west facades: installing a faceted media façade and experiential staircase and photovoltaic panels to collect solar energy during the day to power the media façade. The south-east and south-west facades are left purposefully untouched.
Designed by Makeka Design Lab – Cape Town

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Solar Skin
Solar Skin explores ideas around facades, energy production and consumption, and the iconic nature of investing boldly in the future. The design wraps the building in a skin of 2700 Crystalline Silicone photovoltaic panels. Coloured glass panels playfully tint the light during the day and brighten up the foreshore at night. And an art installation facing Walter Sisulu Ave hints at our national and personal stories.
Designed by Boukuns Architecture & Design – Cape Town

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Visual Turbulence
Visual Turbulence proposes a high impact visual solution that combines the use of an available energy source with recycled materials into a façade system, creating a landmark which illustrates prominent characteristics of the context in which it is found. The proposed façade system consists of recycled bicycle wheel wind turbines connected to LEDs that change colour according to varying air velocities.

Designed by Architecture for a Change – Johannesburg

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  • Jolanda De Villiers Morkel
    April 5th 2014

    09:09 AM

    Where are the student entries? Not in the top 10?

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