PUBLIC BUILDINGS

In this Flower Valley Edu-care Centre near Gansbaai, in the South Western Cape, cob, stone and timber pole construction meant that most of the material was gathered from the building?s immediate surroundings. Even the doors, windows and cut timbers were recycled from an old farm shed.The timber paneling provides good insulation, which is balanced by the thermal mass of the cob and concrete floor slabs. Rainwater is collected from the roofs and the grey water is diverted to support a bank of fruit trees. Due to the severe budget constraints, it was not possible to be involved during the construction process, other than for providing for one day of training. This resulted in some of the finishes and detailing being changed from the original design.

View of Building from North East
View of Building from North East
East Elevation
East Elevation
West Elevation
West Elevation
North West Elevation
North West Elevation
South West Elevation
South West Elevation
Detail of South East Facade
Detail of South East Facade
View of Building from North
View of Building from North
Multi Purpose Room
Multi Purpose Room
Veranda- Main Entrance
Veranda- Main Entrance
Cob Mixing Process
Cob Mixing Process
Veranda
Veranda
North corner of Building
North corner of Building
Multi Purpose Space
Multi Purpose Space
View of Multi Purpose Space
View of Multi Purpose Space
 
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