Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature

The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature complex is a microcosm of the province’s landscape, geology and diverse cultures.

Soundspacedesign's entry in this invited competition was ultimately the preferred bid out of the finalists but unfortunately the legislature is yet to be relocated.

KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Drawing on the accretive nature of building in Africa, and indeed in most life-forms, the architecture fuses vernacular and futuristic geometry into a hybrid that is able to change and grow without compromising the aesthetic. 

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

A landscape of ceremony and celebration is devised by emphasising outdoor eventing particular to Zulu culture, and by imbuing certain areas like the Ensamo (sacred space) and Olwandhla (artificial ocean) with ceremonial functions that incorporate ancestral approval and blessings. 

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney
Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Graphic divination technique to determine an accretive geometry for the complex.

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

The building is conceived to render unto the nation, an elevated status of the province known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, whilst giving the Legislature and Administration the authority, space and technical ability to perform its duties.

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Event based security configurations

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Plans

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Views & Phasing Diagrams

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Ministerial Offices

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Lobbies and Toilet interiors

Organic design of the KZN Legislature Parliament building design by SOUNDSPACEDESIGN Architects Sydney

Office of the Speaker

Legislature Chamber

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