Northern Cape Legislature Building
Not a historic building in terms of time, but a historic building in terms of design. The Northern Cape's Legislature building in Kimberley was opened in February 2003 by then Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Premier Manne Dipicio. It is a truly inspiring work of art in terms of the creativity that has been unleashed in its construction and is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.
This striking building reflects Kimberley and the Northern Cape’s culture, nature and history. The cone-shaped brown tower, studded with tiles and the faces of South African icons, resembles the outlandish plants and trees found in the province’s open spaces. The main buildings recall the rock facades and corrugated iron that dominated early Kimberley, and walkways flow between them like the province’s long roads.
The buildings of this legislature complex fall around a central kraal or gathering place like a sangoma's bones. From the air it can be seen that the outer walls as you approach the Legislature are in the shape of buffalo horns protecting the kraal. Local context was of prime importance to architects Luis Ferreira da Silva who won the design competition that launched the project. Thus it was also a prime motivator for the landscape, the aim of which was to provide an apparently natural setting for the indigenous buildings. Only plants occurring naturally in the province were used, and stonework evokes local textures.