A number of elements of the project are now constructed. Local labor was supported by a professional project manager and training mentor who played a critical role in bringing things together on-site. The camping facilities, natural pool and gate house building were completed.
The construction included a full palette of local natural building methods, utilizing a mix of sandstone and straw bale construction with natural plasters, pole structures harvested locally and eco-friendly treating with moon phase harvesting and boron based preservative methods. It also made use of rubble trench foundations – recycling rubble from the nearby dump, and a planted roof showcasing the local succulents and bulbs. The remainder of the project is on hold until funding can be secured to continue.See more
Following five regional competitions, 15 Award-winning projects including Caravan Site Upgrade, Nieuwoudtville, South Africa, will now compete in the first global Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The global phase of the competition showcases the best entries from more than 1500 submissions from 118 countries, and encourages innovative, future-oriented and tangible approaches within the building and construction industry.Holcim Awards competition goes global » Pour en savoir plus (French) » Más información (Spanish) » Leia mais (Portuguese) » Lesen Sie mehr (German) » Per saperne di piú (Italian) » 更多详情 (Chinese) »
The second prize of USD 50,000 went to a project to develop a gatehouse, six chalets and conduct renovations to the existing ablution block at a caravan site in Nieuwoudtville, South Africa by architects Andrew Raymond Horn, Flavio Tedeschi, and Anne Marie Moore of Cape Town, South Africa. This project aims to support the holistic development on the Bokkeveld Plateau, known as the bulb capital of the world.
Head of the Holcim Awards Jury, Daniel Irurah, said the project was praised for its systematic approach to addressing the target issues of sustainable construction in a non-invasive manner that respects the context in which the project is situated. “Highly-transferable and well-considered selection of local materials and construction techniques optimize renewable energy,” he said. The use of use of composting toilets rather than water-based sewage allows great water recycling following preliminary treatment in a constructed wetland.Africa Middle East sustainable construction projects receive prizes in regional Holcim Awards » Pour en savoir plus (French) »
The work is highly commended for its systematic approach to addressing the “target issues” in a non-invasive manner that respects the context in which it is situated. In order to ensure the requisite natural conservation standards necessary for such a site, the authors apply a well-considered balance between a selection of locally available materials and construction technology – with straw bale walls, timber structure and sod-roof as key elements – and new technologies that optimize renewable energy – vacuum-tube collectors for solar water heating as well as PV for low-level appliances and lighting.
Equally significant is the use of composting toilets rather than water-based sewage, thereby providing an opportunity to recycle grey water following its preliminary treatment through a constructed wetland. The possibility to transfer these principles and technologies is highlighted by the fact that critical applications have already been proven effective in a project implemented elsewhere by the design team.
Also important is that the aesthetically subtle and refined solution sponsors broad-based stakeholder participation in the conservation of “biodiversity hotspots,” thereby fostering committed involvement from a wide sector of the community to plan their mutual future.See more
This scheme takes us to South Africa, specifically to a small community that is rigorously engaged in the making of its own physical environment. The work proceeds by means of bottom-up decision-making processes at the political level, as well as through the participation of the community in construction. A catalogue of low-technology building components was devised and tested – pertaining mostly to energy, sewage treatment, water collection, and material management. These components and methods will be applied to a camp site, providing a source of income for the local population.Download project entry poster (PDF, 5.26 MB) »
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