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Bridge of art The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria, designed by Mathews and Associates Architects, not only houses some of the finest artworks in the country – including the Mapungubwe Collection – but also reactivates and unifies the university campus and profoundly changes the face of Pretoria East.
he Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP), which officially launches this September, will provide a public showcase for the art of Africa, and will include some of the country’s national art and heritage treasures such as the worldfamous Mapungubwe gold collection. It consists of two main parts: a public art gallery and the Mapungubwe Museum, which is linked to an open Museum Square and includes a restaurant and outdoor exhibition space located in a publicly accessible portion of the university’s South Campus. The gallery extends over Lynnwood Road with a raised pedestrian concourse and a bridge gallery, stitching together the university’s Hatfield Campus and South Campus and touching down on a new University Art Square positioned above a new student gallery. Continued next page
18 LEADINGARCHITECTURE & DESIGN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019