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joburg's kate otten up for world architecture festival award

David Ross
Law on Keyes works to connect the building directly to the landscape.

Kate Otten Architects, known for designing some great South African buildings such as the Women’s Jail Museum and Gabriel’s Garden Pavilion, among others, has just been shortlisted for the prestigious World Architecture Festival Award – for outstanding design in various categories. Otten’s building ‘Law on Keyes’ in Rosebank, Johannesburg, has been nominated in the Office Category of the 2018 awards.  The building is unique in many aspects, especially in that it features no passages in the design, with visitors and staff instead moving passed courtyards, roof gardens and informal meeting spaces.
'We’re very excited to be shortlisted on such a prestigious international awards programme and to be representing great design from South Africa,' Otten tells House and Leisure. 'This isn’t your standard office building. The design challenges assumptions of what corporate and commercial architecture should be.  It is quite sculptural with planted walls, roofs and courtyards as well as specifically commissioned artworks, in response to the context of its location on the Keyes Art Mile,' she says. Otten, who is one of the country’s foremost woman architects, has also recently won an ArchiAfrika award in the Public Buildings and Community Services category for the Wits University Rural Facility near Hoedspruit. For more of the firm’s work follow them on Instagram @kateottenarchitects.