African Design Magazine April 2017 - Page 32

The Elective Student Entertainment Facility by Roelof Rabe Argitekte is a welcome addition to International Student Housing at Stellenbosch University. The Facility is located on the University’s Tygerberg Campus in Bellville, and is adjacent to the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Tygerberg Hospital and multiple student residences. The client required a permanent entertainment area that also serves as a multi-purpose space for both formal and informal functions. Having such a separate space also serves as a strategy to minimise noise to neighbouring student houses from students socialising and soaking up South African culture. Photography by Johann Lourens ( T he concept behind the Facility as a whole is based on the International Student’s experience in a foreign environment, where they need to comply with a structured system, but still want a unique experience. To dramatise this concept, the Architects wanted to create a distorted geometric shape in the courtyard, in contrast to the uniform, symmetric, existing building. The key element showcasing the distorted, unique shape is the roof. The roof structure represents the 32