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kate otten architects


  • TUE - SUN
    20/05 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 26/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Kate Otten (Durban, Republic of South Africa, 1964)
lives and works in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa


The golden thread of Johannesburg’s history started some two billion years ago when a massive meteorite crashed into the earth approximately one hundred kilometres south of the city. Gold deposits were buried in seams deep below the surface, coming to rest in an arc-shaped ridge. The discovery of gold in 1886, and the gold rush that followed, led to the establishment of Johannesburg.
Unlike a linear, patriarchal recording, this story is presented in The Laboratory of the Future as a simultaneous, intuitive reading of landscape narrated by women through craft and making.
Materials used are natural, decomposable, and specific to South Africa. The makers are women’s collectives, crafts, age-old traditions. The play of light and shadow, the use of colour and pattern, and the hand-making and collaborative process all represent our approach to architecture that is particular to a place and nurtures the human spirit.


Salma Wadee, Lele Ramphele, The Herd Design, Frances van Hasselt, Katriena Kammies
With the additional support of
The Lucky Bean Trust

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