Light on a Hill

Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa

The new Constitutional Court of South Africa was inaugurated in 2004, ten years after the demise of apartheid and South Africa's first democratic elections that brought the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela to power. The historic new building was the work of a team of young South African architects who had won the international competition for the design and building of the Court. Shortly after the opening of the Court, David Krut Publishing was approached to manage a competition for the design of a book on the architecture of this important building. The book design competition was won by Adele Prins of Flow Design and work on the book began in 2005.

The Artworks Committee of the Constitutional Court wanted to create a beautiful book that would celebrate the Court and reflect the character of the building. The book would have to show not only the architectural innovations in the structure, such as the large-scale use of a passive heating and cooling system, but the atmosphere and mood of the Court, its openness, its ability to convey warmth and dignity at the same time, its reflection of the South African landscape and climate, its relationship to the surrounding metropolis, and its incorporation of the troubled history of the site the old Fort Prison of Johannesburg upon which the Court would stand.

Early in the building of the Court, the architects had commissioned South African photographer Angela Buckland to document the building process. Her magnificent photographs of the site and the new building persuaded the Committee and the publisher that she should be the photographer for the book.

Working closely with the architects, the book designer, and the photographer, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen Managing Editor of David Krut Publishing compiled the text for theibited consistently in Britain and internationally from the 1940s onward, and was included in several surveys of the St Ives School, including "St. Ives Past and Present" at the New Academy Gallery in London in 2001, and a solo retrospective "Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: an enduring image" at Tate St Ives in 1999-2000. Her works hang in major collections throughout the United Kingdom, including those of the British Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Editor: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen
Photographer: Angela Buckland
2006
176 pages
28 x 28 cm
Softcover
Full colour
ISBN: 978-0-9584860-7-1
Price: $65