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100  JOHANNESBURG AFRITECTS /  SOUTH AFRICA: THE SOWETO THEATRE, 2012 STUDIOMAS /  SOUTH AFRICA: CIRCA GALLERY, 2009 Johannesburg is both a cultural centre and a focal point for new experimental architecture. Two projects demonstrate the cultural diversity of the city. During the apartheid regime the theatre scene was a nomadic entity – any box would do for performances. With The Soweto Theatre Johannesburg gets a stage that does justice to the tradition for theatre. The theatre appears with a compact exterior made up of sculptural, organic forms, each of which represents a function in the theatre. Circa Gallery is an alternative to the white, cubic space of the traditional museums. The building is not defined by firm lines, but had to be adapted to the narrow site on a busy corner – hence the sculptural expression and the name Circa.


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