Thinking outside the box
I love good surprises. So I almost started high-fiving everybody around me when I saw THIS on the Maboneng Township Arts Experience tour in Alex (Alexandra township). Read more about the Experience here.
Constructed out of two shipping containers, this colourful surprise is in the MC Weiler Primary School's grounds. It is used as a library by the school and now also as a gallery by the guys from the Maboneng Township Arts Experience. Yes, that means Alex now has a small gallery!
Architects of Justice, a Johannesburg architectural firm, which doesn’t do boring and predictable, was commissioned by the Make A Living (MAL) Foundation (an extension of ad agency Net#work BBDO) to create an imaginative multi-purpose school library. Budgets didn't allow for the first design to be put up, so the architects came up with this cost-effective, modular solution which can also be constructed at and moved to other schools. Man, after seeing it, I'm an even bigger fan of shipping containers' possiblities!
Named the SEED library, the concept is now blowing minds at other places in South Africa too. The library recently won a silver Loerie award in the architectural category and is a finalist in the 2013 Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) awards.
All photos supplied and credited to Architects of Justice / Andrew Royal Photography.