V&A’s craft shed awarded

2015-10-13 06:00

The new home for African craft and design, the Vandamp;A Waterfront’s Watershed, has been recognised twice over for its design and redevelopment at two prestigious award ceremonies.

The R50m redevelopment of a former craft market and disused workshop into a hub for quality African art and design now known as the Watershed, was recognised at this year’s Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) Awards and at the 19th Annual South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Congress.

Formerly the Craft Market and Wellness Centre and commonly known as the Blue Shed, the historic warehouse structure of the Watershed was opened to the public for trade in October last year.

The Watershed was one of only 12 developments in the Western Cape to receive a CIfA Award for Architecture this year, with the Institute commending the re-imagining of a closed, warehouse space into an open-ended “indoor street”.

The Watershed was also named a co-winner in the Redevelopment of Existing Space award category at the SACSC Congress’s Annual Retail Design and Development Awards (RDDA).

The prestigious awards recognise exceptional shopping centre design combined with economic success. They have a particular interest in developments with excellent design solutions and those that achieve a clear overall development goal.

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