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Nina Maritz: Understanding and responding to context

Nina Maritz: Understanding and responding to context

Namibian architect Nina Maritz discusses her architectural journey, and her strong focus on an ecocentric architecture rooted in culturally sensitive, environmental, sustainable and community-based projects.

Freedom Park

Driven by the necessity for the diverse people of South Africa and the world to understand and appreciate the country’s struggle for liberation, The Freedom Park was born as a national and international icon of humanity and freedom. The Freedom Park, with its Garden of Remembrance, is located on a 52-hectare site on Salvokop Hill at the entrance into Tshwane (Pretoria) from Johannesburg.

Freedom Park Museum

Inspired by the African tradition of carving a grave from within a Baobab trunk as repository for the remains of important community members, the Memorial can be seen as a hollowed-out tree trunk. Its voided interior 30 meters high, 20 meters in diameter and open to the elements through an oculus 5 meters in diameter, it will be more suggestive of a womb than a grave.