Mapungupwe

As part of the Studio I was recently part of, we went for an amazing trip up to near the Botswana and Zimbabwe borders with South Africa.  This stunning almost finished Museum is being constructed to store many of the ancient artifacts found on a nearby hillside where there was a flourishing civilisation for a few hundred years.    I’ll put up more photos of the landscape soon, but for now here is the remarkabe building by Architect Peter Rich, with engineering by Michael Ramage at MIT, and Ann Fitchett at Wits University.  The dramatic structure is a very rare use of an old method called Timbrel Vaulting, which is characterised by the remarkable fact that it can be built incrementaly so does not require expensive formwork.