Kigelia Conference Centre & Overnight Facilities/ Cullinun
The client approached Wilkinson Architects, to adapt existing farm buildings to create a new conference centre and club house on a spectacular piece of land outside of Pretoria, where indigenous trees are abundant and wildlife roams freely.
The buildings complement a series of straw bale-constructed chalets currently under construction by the client. The conference centre is adapted from an existing stone barn, its new steel roof hovering over the existing structure to create clerestory windows. The steel structure touches lightly on the earth, expressing an architecture that is sensitive to its beautiful surroundings. The proposed clubhouse also springs from an existing farm building where a similar construction method is employed.
In addition to these buildings, a series of self-catering overnight facilities have been designed. These freestanding pavilions, of steel and glass construction, hover sensitively above the natural landscape.
Date of completion: 2011