The Eastern Cape Institute of Architects (ECIA) has recognised Volkswagen's PeoplePavilion as one of the Eastern Cape's leading architectural buildings at a prestigious ceremony in Port Elizabeth recently.
Twenty submissions were received for work conducted in the Eastern Cape, from local and national architectural practices.
Adendorff Architects and Interiors, based in Port Elizabeth, received the award for outstanding work on the design and construction of the new Volkswagen PeoplePavilion building and sports field in Uitenhage.
"We view the award as recognition of our contribution to architectural discourse in the Eastern Cape," said Dr Gillian Adendorff from Adendorff Architects & Interiors.
The PeoplePavilion, which was opened in 2013, is a multi-faceted building catering to a number of needs and requirements within the Volkswagen and Uitenhage community. It consists of a gym which has a full time Biokineticist, a Club House which has views of the netball courts as well as the rugby and cricket facilities. One of the outstanding features of the PeoplePavilion is the Multi-Purpose Hall which can be used for indoor sports such as indoor cricket, karate, indoor soccer and volleyball to weddings, dinners and conferences.
Thomas Schaefer, Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa said: "The PeoplePavilion has had more than 172 000 visitors since it opened over two years ago. This confirms that our decision to embark on this ambitious project was the right one and whilst the PeoplePavilion is first and foremost for the use of our employees and their families, the community of Uitenhage and the surrounds have also made good use of this world class venue."
Adendorff Architects and Interiors will be submitting the project for the South African Institute of Architects Awards, which is the highest architectural accolade that can be achieved in South Africa.