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House Eglin - Gqunube Green Eco Village

Much progress on House Eglin has been made recently. The dwelling which is part of the Gqunube Green Eco Village, near East London (Eastern Cape) is predominantly an Adobe (Mud Brick) and Stone Construction with a planted roof. All Adobe Bricks where made on site. Alien gum trees from close by where harvested according to the Moon Phase harvesting principles. The timber will be used for the pergolas and roof trusses.  The design of the house includes a bedroom and a study with open plan living. Furthermore it also has a separate flatlet and garage/workshop, which is connected to the main house via a courtyard.

Additional green technologies which have been integrated are Dry Composting Toilets (Twin Vault System), a Trombe Wall, LED lighting throughout the house, Hot water Solar heating and a natural pool which is combined with the rain water collection.

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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

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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