The Guba Centre / Swaziland

The Guba Team in Swaziland has recently gone ahead with the construction of the structures for their centre.

The brief to Eco Design Architects was that “the buildings must demonstrate a variety of different eco-building techniques that are replicable within the Swazi community at homestead level using locally sourced materials.”
The full design layout includes a training centre, a versatile production space, an office and admin building, ablution facilities, a roadside stall and a nursery.

Guba - Swaziland

The green building technologies which have been incorporated are Adobe Construction, Wattle and Daub Construction, Rammed Earth Construction Planted Roofs, Compost Toilets, Moonphase Harvesting of Timber and Renewable Energies (Photovoltaic, Hot water Solar heating, Windpower).

For more images and updates: Eco Design Project Gallery.
For more information about Guba, please visit their website: www.gubaswaziland.org or for current updates click here to access the Guba facebook page.


The designed centre aims to demonstrate good practices in farming, natural resource management,  eco-building & energy efficiency.
Training opportunities are held using Permaculture approaches to demonstrate practical & appropriate solutions for the homestead, harnessing natural resources & promoting sustainable living practices.


 

 
Nieuwoudtville Award

Eco Design Architects was awarded the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2005 & took silver in the Africa and Middle East Region for their designs for the Nieuwoudtville Caravan Site Upgrade

Click here for more info on the award.

 

Mamre Revitalization Project is an initiative by the City of Cape Town to promote the preservation and restoration of Mamre’s rich heritage resources, while helping to alleviate poverty and promote skills transfer. Eco Design Architects have been appointed by the city to assist the community with this project. Click here for more info or go to Mamre Revitalization Project Website