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The Architect behind calabash styled FNB Stadium

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Tshego Moiloa’s hunger for what she calls 'urban regeneration' has been shaped by her favourite architects and buildings from around the world.

Tshego MoiloaShe is the brains behind the uniquely styled calabash design of the world-class FNB Stadium at Nasrec, Johannesburg.

The stadium was demolished and rebuilt specially to host Africa’s first Fifa World Cup in 2010, with her as the project’s lead designer.

Tshego Moiloa was also in charge of the redesign for the entire Nasrec Precinct and Soccer City projects.

The stadium hosted the finals of the World Cup, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and recently the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day.

Moiloa, 31, says being part of the massive project had inspired her to establish Moiloa Office of Architecture + Design. She started the company two years ago and employs five people. The company is at present overseeing seven projects.

“After the World Cup I had learned a lot and wanted to explore my passion in architecture. You don’t have a lot of black female architects out there. I wanted to show that it can be done,” Moiloa says.

The Mahikeng, North West, entrepreneur graduated top of her class with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cape Town in 2003. She did a two-year internship in the US. Her dream is to transform the City of Johannesburg into a well designed haven and to build a competitive African firm.

Moiloa’s company works on various projects from high-end luxury homes to office complexes. It is not just the knack for good architecture that keeps Moiloa’s business afloat.

Her business ethic includes understanding your staff to get the best possible results. She says maintaining a consistent cash-flow is also an important element in business.

“You have to perform and make sure that you are producing on time. I have to carry the vision and make sure that we get more work,” she says.

Peak time for Moiloa’s business is when one of her projects is on site and the construction is in process. She says while the project is still in the design phase you still have to push yourself to bring the client’s vision to life. But Moiloa’s love for her work is so vast she welcomes the challenge.

One of her burning ambitions is to start a foundation to give academic and financial support to young women who want to enter the field.

“Architecture becomes a part of your life. You see design in everything – from the teaspoon and cup you use in the morning to the car you drive.

These include Iraqi-born and Britain-based Zaha Hadid, who was the first woman of colour to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

Hadid’s works include the Bridge Pavilion in Spain and the BMW Central Building in Germany.

Moiloa says she admires the timeless quality of Brazilian architect Oscar Miemeyer’s work.

The Circa Gallery building in Rosebank is also one of her favourite structures.

Source: Sowetan

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