Hills of Music

Richard Kroeker Design, Mochudi, 2014

 

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An outdoor music and dance space in Botswana

This project is a performance space for dramatic dance and music performances.

The tensile shade structure design is derived from the drum structures of Southern Africa.

The thrust stage layout with the backdrop of earth rondavels is patterned after a Setswana village.

The structures are built with local earth and local grass thatch. The shade structure is demountable using the cable and pulley network.

The large thatched pavilion is a place for local people to market crafts and refreshments to the audience that comes from the local village, as well as further afield from Gaborone and other larger centres.

As well as providing employment for local singers, dancers and craftspeople, the profits from the theatre events go to support the local HIV-AIDS Hospice and Day-Care Centre in nearby Mochudi.

The project is sited to take advantage of the acoustic space created by the rock outcrops of the Rasesa Hills.

Data

  • Begun: Aug 2013
  • Completed: Feb 2014
  • Floor area: 1,100m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £8
  • Funding: Unity Dow
  • Tender date: May 2013
  • Procurement: design - build
  • Address: Hills of Music, Rasesa Botswana, Mochudi, Botswana

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