Cape Town's first low cost earthen house Print E-mail

Earth Rising Foundation in collaboration with Eco Design Architects completed Cape Town’s first low cost earthen house in Masiphumelele.  The house is home to a family of six, with four bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and kitchen.  The plan was based on a Habitat for Humanity low cost house model and built with an earth construction method called Cob replacing concrete blocks and a rubble trench foundation instead of the usual concrete.  Everyone is very pleased with the product and hopefully a trend will start.

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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