MULTIPURPOSE CS Studio Architects / South Africa WESBANK MULTI-PURPOSE CENTRE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 2008 Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and for many years has been plagued by a high crime rate and a large number of drug abusers. When a new school was to be built, there was at the same time a wish for a place that could house several functions: an assembly hall, meeting places, and spaces for exhibiting arts and crafts. The greatest need, however, was for a secure rallyingpoint. 198 Interest in the new centre was great, and 450 residents from Langa met at the ideas and design workshop that laid the basis for the programming and final form of the project. The solution was an open-plan space allowing for many functions – including unforeseen ones. The centre is not large, and the funding for the project is limited. To create more room the two main buildings are kept separate such that a courtyard space arises that can be used in various ways. The centre is painted in bright colours that give the place a striking visual identity, and has become a new landmark and social midpoint for the citizens of Langa.
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