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Snøhetta designs Memorial Arch for Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Mar 03, 2017

Snøhetta’s most recent project was unveiled today at South Africa’s globally renowned Design Indaba Conference. In partnership with South African office, Local Studio, and Design Indaba, Snøhetta has designed a memorial arch for human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Once completed, the Arch will be situated at the intersection of Adderley Street and Wale Street at the northern end of Cape Town’s cultural precinct known as The Company’s Garden, between St. George’s Cathedral, where Tutu served as Archbishop, and the National Parliament. 
 
Following Craig Dykers’ closing keynote at Design Indaba, the first prototype of the Arch design was revealed.  To the surprise of the audience, Archbishop Tutu joined the celebration, making his first public appearance in nearly two years for the announcement of the memorial. Archbishop Tutu,affectionately known as The Arch to South Africans, was accompanied by the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, Archbishop Ndungane, Archbishop Makgoba and Bishop Vertue for the celebration. 

In late 2017, the first Arch revealed at Design Indaba will take its permanent location in Johannesburg at South Africa’s highest judicial court, The Constitutional Court.  The second Arch will take its place in Cape Town, symbolically linking the sites of Parliament and the Constitutional Court with sister Arches of 14 intertwined strands of bent wood, representing the 14 chapters of the South African constitution.  Snøhetta and Local Studio will also design the improvements and seating to the surrounding plaza behind St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.

 

Snøhetta designs Memorial Arch for Archbishop Desmond Tutu