Designed in collaboration with Joy Brasler and Cecile & Boyd
Sweni is located just up from the confluence of the Nwanetzi and Sweni rivers, two veins that rejuvenate the vast landscape they traverse as linear clearings in miles and miles of unyielding terrain, dark shadow-deep in a brightness and heat that only subside when the sun goes down, and only last until it rises again.
With the same requirement for impermanence as Lebombo but deploying the opposite strategy, the main idea of Sweni is to create a cool, shaded oasis deep in the protection of the bush. Firstly by locating every space along the side of the river like a row of animals drinking from it. And secondly by making every space a shadow – in its sheltering spatial quality, tone and colour range, temperature, and with furniture that invites a low surrendered body posture. And pupils dilate after a day of taught contraction.
If Lebombo is delicate elevated nest, Sweni is a cool crevice, where reptiles go to release themselves of accumulated heat.
Nwanetzi, Kruger National Park, Mozambique border, South Africa