As you make your way through the streets of Cato Manor, there appears before you an incredible site, the newly built uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum. With its tower of red clay bricks, partially enveloped in an aluminium screen, the building really is quite breathtaking. It’s the work of Choromanski Architects, an award winning firm responsible for many of Durban’s public spaces.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of founding director, Rodney Choromanski, who passed away this week after suffering a fatal heart attack. Rodney’s design for the uMkhumbane Museum, which was the Grand Prix winner at the inuagral 2017 Africa Architecture Awards, was a great example of his work, taking into account not just the physical built structure, but also the history of uMkhumbane (Cato Manor), and the lives of the people who live in the area. For Rodney, the people who used his buildings were an integral part of the process, something that distinguished him as an architect, and as a person.
The Durban Local History Museums’ team send their deepest condolences to the Choromanksi family, as well as Rodney’s friends and colleagues. Durban has lost one of its greatest talents with the passing of Rodney Choromanski.
A funeral service for Rodney will take place this Saturday, the 27th October, at 09h00. The venue for the memorial is the uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum