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A record number of entries were received for the fifth AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects Awards for sustainable architecture and innovation.
The six-member adjudication panel whittled down the number of entries received across four categories – sustainable architecture, research in sustainability, sustainable products and technology, and sustainable social programmes – to just 14 of the best and most ingenious designs.
Ebeth van den Berg, Afri-Sam group marketing manager, said the awards recognise the importance of green building and “acknowledge the contributions made by forwardthinking industry players towards bringing sustainable innovation to human living environments”.
The winners will be announced on October 26 at Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
City Press picked some of the most striking designs, attached to the architects’ own descriptions. –
MALAWI CHURCH Designed by Architecture for a Change
Our main aim was to create a building that could be built by the community builders themselves, but still pose a challenge to them so that through the construction process critical skills could be developed. We looked for inspiration within the community and elements of safety the community could relate to. Throughout the concept, design and implementation stages we acted more as facilitators, providing guidance to the community
HOUSE BURNETT PRINSLOO Designed by Robert de Jaager The project emerged from the client’s desire to create a new home appropriate to the needs of a single person, and flexible enough to comfortably accommodate alternative uses, including work from home, potential accommodation for an elderly person together with caregiver accommodation, potential for independent rental accommodation and single-family usage. The house should accommodate changing needs through the stages of life