Sasol’s new headquarters in Sandton provide unified premises for 17 of the company’s former buildings across Johannesburg in one dynamic sculptural groundscraper.
The vision for the new Blythedale coastal resort, a luxury development on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, is centred on imvelo, a Zulu word for a collective responsibility for protecting the environment and living sustainably.
A beautiful timber house, perched atop a hill, is an integral reflection of owner, Bernelle Verster’s passion for water and nature. The house, which has a nautical feel, cascades down the steep site like falling water.
In Delft, an impoverished township on the outskirts of the Cape Flats, local government is changing its approach to building early childhood development centres with a pioneering project showcasing a hybrid of natural building methods and up-cycled waste materials.
Sanral’s striking new Southern region building in Port Elizabeth is the first 5-Star Green Star SA rated building under the Office certification, in the Eastern Cape and signals the roll-out of a promising stretch of sustainable development for the city.
Making the most of nature’s canvas, the compact Crafford home and art studio in Pretoria uses local materials, works with the site and climate, and accentuates views to create an inspirational living and working space.
The newly launched Central Square – a large scale mixed-use development in Pretoria’s Menlyn Maine precinct – ups the stakes for sustainable design in South Africa’s retail sector, having piloted a new custom rating tool for Green Star certifications.
Sustainable academic outreach finds a new home at the redesigned Wits Rural Facility in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Seeming to draw inspiration from Southern African folklore – which tells of the gathering of village chiefs and elders beneath the heavy limbs of the baobab tree – the newly upgraded Wits Rural Facility (WRF) has found its place beneath, and between, the hardy indigenous trees of its Highveld home.
The project that was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s aspiration to improve medical care for children will become a reality when it opens to patients early 2017 in one of Southern Africa’s biggest cities, Johannesburg. The funding structure and stringent requirements for a highly specialised care facility at this scale created huge challenges for the introduction of sustainability elements. At all times though, the building holds at heart the needs of its main users: children in need of healing.
Set to be Africa’s third tallest building after South Africa’s Carlton Centre and Ponte Tower in Johannesburg, the elegant prism-shaped Britam Tower will stand proud over the city skyline of Nairobi, Kenya by February 2017. It features an innovative performance facade and – despite being 31 floors tall – is nearly 100% naturally ventilated.
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