building heritage, brick by brick
Posted: 25 June 2018
The new uMkhumbane Cultural Museum at Cato Manor, Durban.House and Leisure’s obsession with beautiful brickwork continues this week after we discovered the extraordinary central column of the uMkhumbane Cultural Museum at Cato Manor, Durban. Designed by Rod Choromanski and Dean Ramlal of Choromanski Architects, the building’s five-storey museum tower saw approximately 500 000 clay bricks used to create the sculptural monolith. 'Because of its inherent strength, brick achieved higher walls utilising the method of diaphragms, thereby avoiding extra reinforced concrete beams and added cost while providing ideal thermal and environmentally sustainable properties,' says Sada Naidu from LSC Brunette Consulting Civil/Structural Engineers, who worked on the project. https://www.instagram.com/p/BeGMbN8HTko/?tagged=umkhumbanemuseum[/embed] The team used 'Firelight Satin' from Corobrik to shape the tower, with 'Silver Grey Travertine' used on the ancillary spaces.