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Q&A with Top South African Architect Sarah Calburn

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How does the South African climate shape your work as an architect?
We have the most beautiful climate—we live with our doors open for most of the year. We have extremely beautiful natural landscapes throughout the country. My buildings form themselves in tandem with their particular landscapes, clients, and weathers in a mutual dance. My aim is always to heighten, to excite one’s experience of space and place, wherever that might be.

Thanks to these surroundings, I see buildings not necessarily as containers of space but rather as openings into space. They expand one’s mental frameworks. More than simply framing views, I am of the conviction that buildings can set up generous and optimistic points of view on society and the world.

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