Chemical Engineering Building
University of Cape Town, South Africa
2006 South Africa Institute of Architecture - Merit Award
2005 Cape Institute of Architecture Merit Award
2002 Competition Winner
The new Chemical Engineering Building, situated on the Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town, is the product of a 3-year collaborative process involving academics, researchers, architects, engineers, artists, builders and students.
From the outset it was apparent that the professional team were to engage with a highly motivated and enthusiastic client body, having an acute awareness of their role in the campus environment not only as a learning and research facility for post-graduate study, but also as a business, interfacing with industry through research.
This is a client who is aware of its responsibility toward the built environment of the campus as a whole and also the real business image that they wish to project. It was in the synthesis of these ideas that the challenge lay.