For The Love Of Music
In townships, and other areas where poverty persists, young talented kids are often attracted to a lifestyle of gang culture and criminal activity. However, for many of them music has become a driving force to overcome their struggles; but they lack the appropriate resources to assist them in furthering their careers.
The Bridges Academy, an electronic music school with strong entrepreneurial and social focus located in the Langa Township, is designed to be a creative hub where young budding musicians are given the resources to pursue their dreams and hone their skills. The new building, inspired by the dynamic shapes of music instruments, is tapered both in elevation and in plan to create a strong sculptural presence from the street. The trapezoid shaped building also contributes to the diffusion of sound and reduction of reverberation within the interior space.
The building includes production facilities with the latest equipment to provide lessons on all aspects of music production and video editing. There is also a large outdoor area to host music events and performances for both the school and the communities. Since its inception, the school has hosted workshops with local and international artists such as Black Coffee, Skrillex and Ed Sheeran etc.
The project is sponsored by Nandos. The interior and furnishings are designed by famous South African designer Tracy Lynch.