BPAS Architects, a pioneering Cape Town-based architecture and interior design firm, is delighted to announce its selection as a finalist for the coveted Plan Award 2023. This distinguished international accolade which honours excellence in architecture, interior design, and urban planning, recognises BPAS Architects’ extraordinary contribution to the Curro Durbanville High School project.
“Being shortlisted for the Plan Award 2023 is a true testament to our team’s unwavering dedication and creative spirit,” says Landseer Collen, Architect and Director at BPAS Architects. “Our journey with the Curro Durbanville High School project has been nothing short of inspiring, and this recognition fuels our passion to continue pushing the boundaries of architectural innovation.”
Nestled in the picturesque expanse of Durbanville, just outside Cape Town, the sprawling 9,800 square metre campus masterpiece emerged triumphantly amidst the challenges of the pandemic and was unveiled to the world in 2022.
Showcasing BPAS Architects’ visionary approach, the harmonious blend of cutting-edge design and collaborative efforts with learners, educators, and experts resulted in a high-caliber institution boasting avant-garde cultural and sports facilities. Among its standout features is a 360-seat dedicated auditorium, music rooms with adaptable partitions, and a state-of-the-art 400-metre athletics track.
“The architecture of the school seamlessly intertwines with its natural surroundings, capturing the essence of form, texture, and proportion. We challenged the traditional classroom conventions by opting for an unconventional U-shape building layout. Not only does this help create a welcoming courtyard, fostering engagement among learners and visitors but it also ensures flexibility and adaptability for future educational needs,” adds Collen.
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Held annually in Italy, the internationally acclaimed Plan Awards spotlights exceptional designs in architecture, interior design, and urban planning. With over 1000 projects nominated each year across 20 thematic categories, the award is a platform for the global design community to engage in meaningful discussions and showcase their visionary contributions.