Winner of a national design competition for Cato Manor’s forced removals museum – 2003
current phase 1a + b
client : eThekwini Municiplality
location Cato Manor – Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
publication :KZNIA journal issue 3/2003
uMkhumbane Museum Grand Prix Winner-
of the first Africa Architecture Awards 2017
The 2003 architectural competition, conceptualised the design of a cultural museum to mark the Heritage of Umkhumbane (Cato Manor).
Choromanksi Architects are currently developing the project as a cultural urban complex comprising of the following elements:
1.Queen thomo memorial crypt
internment : 7 may 2011
construction : early 2012
2.uMkhumbane Museum – construction 2017
3. Forced Removals Museum – future phase
4. uMkhumbane Public Square – future phase
5. umkhumbane park + amphitheatre
6. Concession Buildings – future phase
The heritage of Umkhumbane holds national relevance and global significance as one the worlds largest forced removals site.
Community uprisings, subjugation and eventual emancipation form a major part of the sites history. The heritage of the people who resisted oppression permeates through the present as a triumphal spirit of freedom. This spirit is an inspiration for the development of a complex which celebrates life, growth and the transition of a community of people.