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Msikaba Bridge

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Msikaba Bridge

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Situated adjacent to the North tower of the under-construction Msikaba Bridge in the Eastern Cape, the Msikbaba Bridge Village & Visitor’s Centre forms a crucial part of the N2 Wild Coast road project. This strategic location is intended to improve travel between Durban and East London, specifically benefitting heavy freight vehicles.

In the context of the region, which already hosts established tourist accommodations and nature-based activities along the coastal area, the project anticipates a significant boost in eco-tourism due to the upcoming N2 route. The envisaged visitor’s center is poised to serve as a pivotal introduction point for visitors, potentially prolonging their stays and engagement within the area.

Beyond its infrastructural significance, the project is designed to honor and showcase the rich cultural heritage ingrained in the region’s tribal governance structures. This initiative not only aims to exhibit the area’s historical depth but also seeks to generate economic opportunities for the local community through tourism and skill development programs.

The project unfolds across two phases, meticulously crafted to ensure both functionality and sustainability. Phase 1 centers on laying the groundwork by constructing essential elements like the viewing deck (The Boma Viewing Deck), pathways connecting key areas, public facilities, and platforms for mobile trade. Phase 2 entails the creation of the Boma Visitor’s Centre, which includes diverse amenities such as a restaurant, stalls, exhibition spaces, security facilities, gardens, and a service station, meticulously aligned with an environmentally sensitive architectural vision.

This architectural vision prioritizes harmony with the surroundings by employing organic aesthetics using natural materials like stone, timber, and biomas concrete, paired with corten steel elements. It emphasizes optimal positioning for sunlight, wind, and views of the Msikaba bridge, echoing a commitment to sustainability by encouraging reciprocal relationships between buildings and nature. This approach guides landscaping decisions and encourages suitable plant selections for both public and private areas, underpinning the project’s commitment to environmental sensitivity and design excellence.

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