PUBLIC BUILDINGS

The Twinstreams Environmental Centre's Staff Housing is based near Mtunzini, in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This sand bag and timber pole construction made use of the available local natural material to allow for the local community’s maximum involvement, while minimizing costs. Other features include, dry composting toilets, solar water heaters and grey water reuse. In 2004 this project was awarded Africa’s sustainable building best practice award for residential projects by the union of African Architects. Geof Bold was the engineer on site involved in the design of the structure and its innovative building system. Martin Wolhuter of JIL plumbing and construction was the main contractor.

In 2004 this project was awarded Africa's Sustainable Building Best Practice Award for residential projects by the Union of African Architects.

Exterior view of finished building
Exterior view of finished building
Structural model
Structural model
Construction process
Construction process
View of finished building from the back
View of finished building from the back
Front view of finished building
Front view of finished building
Truth window showing the contruction
Truth window showing the contruction
View of finished verandah
View of finished verandah
Veranda view showing half plastered walls
Veranda view showing half plastered walls
Detail view of roof and skylight
Detail view of roof and skylight
 
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