Additions to the Parliamentary complex in Cape Town have been proposed for some time. Conceptual renders and drawings of the new developments have recently come to light, however. Designed by DesignSpace Africa Architects, the proposed buildings are certainly unique, and unlike anything else the Mother City has seen before.
Consisting of a three-storey domed structure and a number of multi-storey blocks attached to it, it will address the serious need for additional space currently. According to National government, the architects drew their design inspiration from traditional African grass huts. They view the building as being a unique, “iconic” version of the simple aforementioned structures. This, they believe, will be a major tourist drawcard, and will cement the property as a landmark additional to the Cape Town skyline. Parliamentary Spokesperson at the time – Luzuko Jacobs – said that “we want the new building to capture the spirit of freedom and democracy and break the sense of claustrophobia.”
R350 million has been made available for the “Legacy Project” thus far. Should it go ahead as planned, this would likely ensure that Parliament remains in Cape Town for the foreseeable future.
The idea behind the building is the encourage public participation in Parliament through the development of new spaces that will make room for members of the public to sit in on meetings, debates and addresses. These new developments would also be able to host the media and additional Parliamentary members. The plans also make provisions for a new banqueting hall and parking.