Adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, the Norval Foundation will offer visitors a multisensory experience that combines the exhibition of art with an appreciation for nature. Housed in world-class facilities, the foundation includes a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces, a research library, a restaurant and bar, a shop and a children’s playground.
The Skotnes Restaurant is the culinary arm of the Norval Foundation. Named after legendary South African artist Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant is naturally at home in the world of art. Overlooking the foundation’s serene wetland and innovative sculpture garden, the Skotnes seamlessly integrates nature and architecture. The menu pays homage to classical South African cuisine, whilst updating its flavours and distilling its ingredients to their simplest possible presentation. All ingredients are sourced from local, small-batch suppliers, with the intention of supporting and uplifting local communities. At the helm of the Skotnes is Executive Chef, Phil de Villiers. De Villiers previously led the Primal Eatery, which was named Eat Out’s Best Steakhouse of 2017.
Guided by director Elana Brundyn and her team of museum professionals, the Norval Foundation aims to create high quality exhibitions and public programming. The Norval Foundation is the custodian of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive.
The gallery building, envisioned by dhk, is located on the stretch of site between Steenberg Road and the wetland. It has a simple, sculptural longitudinal form, with two parallel off shutter concrete walls that enclose the gallery spaces, public facilities and offices within. These walls sit on top of a granite clad podium that anchors the building into the site.
Glazed ends to the north and south capture spectacular views from the double volume sculpture gallery and restaurant respectively, while the parallel concrete walls are broken at the centre by a glazed double volume atrium and the main circulation core. This naturally lit atrium space orientates the visitor within the building, while offering spectacular views of the wetland sculpture park. The building is topped with a floating, wing like roof structure that houses a solar field which will power the building.
The Norval family are the founders and initial funders of the Norval Foundation. Their aim is to make art widely accessible to local and international visitors, by creating a self-sustainable centre for art. The proceeds from capital donations will be used to secure the foundation for future generations.