2017 Johannesburg, ZA

FAT Walls


Enoch Sontonga Gate House, Wits University, Braamfontein. Issued for tender. 300 mpa concrete with fluorescent yellow aggregate, night 1000 lux level night glow for 6 hours. Detail 09 – Double skin translucent yellow polycarbonate sheets made to form a box, backlit, attached to steel staircase to create social balcony and waiting area for students. Cat tail grass bioswale, micro-climate readjusted, edge softened, edge fattened. 

FAT Wall was conceptualised as a parallel commentary and provocation to our work with Wits University to reconceptualise their gatehouses. A speculative strategy around thickening functions, social and economic life of edges of the university were considered – eventually illustrated through a 3 minute film demonstrating the production of life and what we deem healthy social functions from the physical gestures built in to the wall’s physical make up.