DHK Architects - South Africa
Amandla Edufootball is an international NPO based in Cape Town tackling social inequality in South Africa’s townships through its combination of education and football development, drawing young people off the streets into a safe and enriching environment. This approach is activated through the innovative Safe-Hub model, focusing on the provision of a football turf with floodlights, and a clubhouse/pavilion that provides a safe place for local youth to gather, socialise, learn and develop. At this site in Diepsloot, the pavilion is situated along the east of the football field facing the street, providing the opportunity to engage the community in the Safe-Hub’s activities and acting as a gateway to the safe space created within. The building includes a youth centre with café, changing facilities, and associated office space a simple and cost-effective construction that doesn’t compromise on design quality. The building is formed by three main elements; a robust ground floor building, an upper level of a more lightweight construction with timber cladding and glazed walls and a carapace-like roof that encloses the upper level. The ground floor comprises a reception with access control, changing rooms and café with outdoor seating terrace. The upper level provides offices for AMANDLA’s team and their development programmes as well as shared space for other NGOs. A covered walkway along the upper level forms a viewing platform, and the full height glazed wall provides the offices with ample daylight and views to the field. The Diepsloot Safe-Hub designed by dhk architects will be the third AMANDLA Safe-Hub in South Africa, developed with the support of two major players in the sports development arena, Tsogo Sun and the Oliver Kahn Foundation.