Denis Goldberg House of Hope

Name Denis Goldberg House of Hope
Client Denis Goldberg Memorial Trust
Location Hout Bay, Cape Town
Status Built, 2022
Denis Goldberg is a revered figure in South African liberation politics. He was the only white person sentenced to life imprisonment at the infamous Rivonia Trial in 1963 which also saw Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the African National Congress sentenced to life imprisonment and banished to Robben Island. At the time Denis was described by the apartheid government as the most dangerous white man in South Africa. Denis retired to Hout Bay in 2002 and devoted the remainder of his life to supporting youth development through the arts which culminated in the Denis Goldberg House of Hope.

The new center is in a beautiful, treed site surrounded by heritage buildings including the Hout Bay History Museum. The area used for the new building is at the back of the site on an existing double tennis court. The building has been designed as an open building – small and large spaces are tucked beneath a covered walkway open to the site on all sides. The largest space accommodates an exhibition of Denis Goldberg`s life, his art collection, a teaching space, and a mezzanine area for a library and archive which is connected to the space below.