Plantations, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal. Nsika Architects for eLan Group.

2009.07.09

Plantations

Let’s start with the obvious. It’s Tuscan. It’s gated. It’s god-awful! It sits on top of a hill overlooking the M13. If it had arms it’d be throwing stones at the passing traffic. It’s the essence of all that’s wrong with current South African urban design, planning and architecture.

I’ve tried to find the parties responsible for this. Unsurprisingly, I can’t.

Edit: It seems as though Owen Kemp for the eLan Group and Brent Buchanan of Nsika Architects are largely responsible. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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