Javett Art Centre in Pretoria to host “the art of Africa”

by Ofentse Sefolo
Javett Art Centre in Pretoria to host “the art of Africa”

The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP), located on Pretoria’s Lynnwood Road, is a product of the partnership between the University of Pretoria and the Javett Foundation. The Javett-UP, which opened to the public in September 2019 after three years of construction, will engage with what has been described as “the art of Africa’’ by hosting exhibitions and programmes which feature and reflect on the art and creativity of the continent.

AECOM was the constructing engineer group, with Mathews and Associates Architects and GREENInc Landscape Architecture + Urbanism tasked with design of the three-storey complex. The Javett-UP comprises nine art galleries, three public squares, a restaurant, an auditorium and a special gallery space where selected works in gold from the Mapungubwe collection, as well as the Barbier-Mueller collection of West African gold are exhibited. It also acts as a new bridge between the two UP campuses on either side of Lynnwood Road.

More than 430 000 of Corobrik’s Burgundy and Piazza pavers were used to craft the exterior walkways, public squares, ramps and parking area. The pavers create the perfect visual with their unique texture and colour aesthetics. The structure was built using Corobrik’s Terracotta Satin and Onyx face bricks.

Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director, comments: “Corobrik’s robust Burgundy paver range, used cleverly alongside the Terracotta Satin and Onyx Satin face bricks of the building, allow the artistic beauty of Javett-UP to infiltrate the city streets.”

Wouter Labuschagne of GREENInc Landscape Architecture + Urbanism explained that the pavers’ robust nature and colour palette pushed them to first choice. “The colour works very well with the new building, aesthetically complementing it. We selected the pavers to create a texture of patterns, generally with a simplistic layout, the reason being that we are more concerned about the space than the pattern.”

For more information, contact Corobrik on Tel: +27 (11) 871 8600 or via www.corobrik.co.za.

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