World Building of the Year


Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa

  • The World Architecture Festival has just drawn to a close in Barcelona.
  • Winner of the World Building of the Year award was Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg, for the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre.
  • Designed to illustrate the fragility of its national park environment, the centre uses local resources and cultural iconography in its construction.


    Mapungubwe marks the site of an ancient civilisation

  • Delicate walkways and vaults create a zigzag route through the complex.
  • Local people were trained in the manufacture of stabilised earth tiles and in building the timbrel vaults.

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