EMATHAFENI (On the Plains) - Xhosa Villa Resort & Cultural Center: CPDI 2020 internship Design by Nomvuzo Gingcana
Emathafeni African Cultural Villa is a resort situated in the southern region of Africa being south Africa, east cape province. it is located on the rural region of Matatlele. It is cultivated with representing the Xhosa culture and celebrates ubuntu.
The African cultural resort has a cultural center that showcases the Xhosa tradition and culture to visitors. the accommodation is ideal for couples, groups and family that wants to explore the cultural architecture being expressed in different elements.
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The architecture of EMATHAFENI (On the Plains) Xhosa Villa Resort & Cultural center is to reflect the unfolding journey of a Xhosa women - from being a girl to a women yet incorporating it the process of clay pot making.
Women are the craft makers for clay pots; which traditionally are symbolic elements for the use of storing water, drinking umqhombothi (traditional beer) for traditional ceremonies.
In modernization they are seen as ornamentation for pot plants, deco vases and deco elements in spaces.
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Below are more views of the resort design:
PROJECT: EMATHAFENI (On the Plains) Xhosa Villa Resort and Cultural center
25 ELEMENTS OF TRADITIONAL XHOSA (NGUNI) ARCHITECTURE. SOUTH AFRICA
Read also some of Nomvuzo research work on Xhosa architecture that guided her design:
Play video below to watch the Presentation on 5 Proposed Standard Elements of Xhosa Architecture.