Makeka Design Lab wins competition for Nelson Mandela Memorial

Makeka Design Lab led a design vision and consortium that has won a bid to design a new precinct for Nelson Mandela Bay to honour Madiba’s contribution to South Africa, as well as elevate the city’s status as a hub for socio-economic transformation, tourism and employment opportunities. The city hosted a competition open to all South Africans to submit their ideas, but it was the Nelson Mandela Bay Tower of Light concept that ultimately won.

“My concept was to create a towering beacon of light that spoke to the light that Mandela brought to the world, a light that resides within all of humanity. By ascending 27 flights, to a pinnacle point of reflection; a proverbial vertical long walk to freedom, the memorial becomes an experience, a transcendental sculpture that connects land to sea, ground to sky, the body to idea, and our current freedom to past sacrifice. We have positioned the landmark as crucial generator of economic growth and access to new public assets, by catalysing a reimagined waterfront neighbourhood for the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay and the world.” - Mokena Makeka

 Yolandi Vorster of Makeka Design Lab further adds, “the project adds to the legacy of Mandela and positions the city on a world stage in conversation with all of the great monuments of our time”

 The monumental Nelson Mandela Bay Tower of Light is a 27-storey high interactive museum, with every storey marking each year that Nelson Mandela spent in prison. It will take visitors on a multisensory journey through the life and times of Nelson Mandela, culminating in a reflective tower on the top floor that includes a chrome statue of Madiba.

 The Tower of Light consortium, is composed of MDL, Gregg Scott and partners, M&C Saatchi and Abel on marketing and communications with prominent P.E. businessman Khusta Jack delivered a winning concept that encapsulates the spirit of Madiba.”


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