Magnificent 21st Century Gateway Skyscraper in Africa
Conceived as an iconoclastic intervention which implodes the conception of skyscraper at the global and local scale, Adamastor’s Throne exists to reveal and respond to the social fabric and cultural framework of an entire country, South Africa, but specifically Cape Town and its complex and contradictory history.
The tower is an ontological experiment to provide spatial models toward recalibrating the relationship between technologies, social structure, and values of South African culture.
Designed by Makeka Design Laboratory the tower is a sentinel which embraces earth and sky into a series of enveloping shards as a new topography of architectural expression that embraces light through a fractal thread.
Located in a contested coastal city, the tower is primed as a 21st century gateway to Africa seeking to reconnect a dispossessed people with their harbor and a vibrant Intermodal transport development strategy with rail as the backbone.