• Seth Mokitini Methodist Seminary / Boogertman + Partners

Architects: Boogertman + Partners Architects  
Location: Pietermaritzburg, KZN,  South Africa
Interior Décor: Boogertman + Partners
Project Year: 2012
Photographer: Boogertman + Partners
Website: www.boogertman.com

Religious architecture has and will always be on of the closets way to deity, the tenets manifest themeselves in all aspects godly and the faithfuls daily invent new ways to approach religion through these spaces. The Seth Mokitini Methodist Seminary is no different and Boogertman + Partners have managed to demonstrate this through an architectural language that is intentional, contemporary and absolutely malignant in the mind that upholds it. The building is described as being uncompromisingly modern with concepts derived from the classics, just like Jesus preached from the old text things that were difficult to swallow from his contemporaries. This building challenges the stereotypes that relegate Africa's place in modern history to a nostalgic imaginary past.

Africa must be unapologetic about learning from other cultures, for no culture has ever grown without the contribution of other cultures. Here the architecture strides to reflect an international language in an African dialect. While Europe and her Western counterparts have done a great deal in industrializing and militarizing the world, herewith the missing contribution from Africa... GIVING THE WORLD A HUMANE FACE...

 

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