Team n° 45
South Africa

The Middle Ground

Project description

The nature of the building is that of a spatial mediator which brings together urban, natural, and historical informants in a multi-functional core known as the middle ground, which acts as a missing puzzle piece on an urban scale that connects to the green wedge. The soft, yet eccentric, building form attracts new youth to the area and prioritizes social interaction between residents. In the design sustainability becomes a cheerful expression in winning the hearts of the residents.

City : Port Elizabeth / Gqeberha
South Africa


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Architectural plans


Students team members

Zander Deysel
Josh Baynes


Boban Varghese

Boban Varghese is the studio leader of the BAS Hons studio. He has well over three decades of academic experience as a studio leader in various architectural design studios. He acquired his architectural degree and Masters in Design in India, travelled and worked extensively in India and Japan before working in South Africa. Boban has acquired a deeper understanding of the role of design in developed and developing economies and its impact on space and placemaking for an inclusive society. Currently, he is the Director of the School of Architecture, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.