Activate Architects

Forum Homini

Cradle of Humankind, GAU


In building a boutique hotel in a game and residential estate in the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng, the team were inspired and constrained by the landscape of a World Heritage Site. Existing timber structures and mine dump-rock were reused in the development, endemic landscape was reintroduced, a water treatment plant built and a natural wetland reinstated. Drawn to an evolution narrative, the architects also commissioned a set of contemporary artworks by local South African artists that enhance the unique place that is the Cradle of Humankind.