PUBLIC BUILDINGS

Nieuvoudteville Caravan Site upgrade for Hantam Municipality has been awarded the  silver medal in the Holcim Awards for sustainable construction for Africa and the Middle East and in 2006 was one of the 15 finalists competing for the Global Holcim Awards for sustainable construction held in Bangkok. David Leukes from the BVI consulting Engineers (Capetown) was part of the development team. The project was constructed with local labor and David Roberts was the project manager and training mentor, playing a critical role in bringing things together on-site.

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.

Completed Gatehouse - View from South East
Completed Gatehouse - View from South East
Dry stacked straw bale walls
Dry stacked straw bale walls
Finished gatehouse seen from North-East
Finished gatehouse seen from North-East
View of Planted Roof
View of Planted Roof
Detail of succulent planted roof
Detail of succulent planted roof
Model of Gate House and Ablution Facility
Model of Gate House and Ablution Facility
Site plan with concept sketches
Site plan with concept sketches
Typologies
Typologies
Re-stacking of dipped straw bale walls
Re-stacking of dipped straw bale walls
Sandstone cone storeroom
Sandstone cone storeroom
Dipped bale wall is reinforced with stakes
Dipped bale wall is reinforced with stakes
Mixing of earth plaster
Mixing of earth plaster
Dipped bales left to dry before re-stacked
Dipped bales left to dry before re-stacked
Plaster & steel drip detail
Plaster & steel drip detail
Strip windows provides extra light between pole rafters
Strip windows provides extra light between pole ra...
Western facade of Gate house
Western facade of Gate house
East Elevation
East Elevation
 
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