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IWC - 1426
Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade / rs Serbia
3 members
Olga Marelja
Igor Sjeverac
Stefan Vasic

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Kruger National Park can be seen as a sea of wild nature due to its size; a sea with one big island – Muntshe Hill. The concept is an attempt to create a new type of nature, a small island which is the
essence of what the park offers. The idea of a small island in the “Kruger sea” presents the design of a man-made structure that draws from it’s surrounding nature and creates a new landscape.
We’re no longer imitating nature, but meeting it for the first time.

We have created conditions that perhaps don’t belong, and in doing so, developed a new reality which functions perfectly with its true original form.

The new landscape that we are creating can help to meet, explore and understand the specifics of nature.
The architecture of the small “island” utilizes the latest developments in structural geometry along with traditional South African construction techniques in order to implement contemporaneity.

“You have to know the material before you can alter it.”

Generating form repetition, we tried to create conditions for the smooth functioning of the scheduled program.
The main feature of the architecture represents a dome that covers the open space and enables work in all conditions. It also incorporates a *circular shape which has its own symbolism in
African tradition.

*In traditional African culture and spiritualism, the image of a circle is a prominent feature that permeates all facets of life. In essence, the circle represents completeness and fullness. It is also the primal source of energy and wisdom. The circle is thus an image of what is named God – that which is the source of all things and continues to give birth to new possibilities, thereby, offering hope.

The use of nature is intensified near the object, so it acts as a buffer zone and semipermeable membrane. It defines a common ground for those inside the object and its surroundings. After a certain time, architecture with flora and fauna will create a totally new environment that allows teaching and exploring from another perspective.
“The island of new nature” allows Kruger National Park to have one environment suitable for all
species of plants and animals.

The whole process can be assembled in a few steps:
- creation of the structure
- designing a place for nature
- setting nature
- “birth of a new nature”
- flora and fauna of the Kruger National Park as its own “island”

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