KUBE architecture was recently approached to conceptualize a development in a rural farm area in Limpopo. Although the project predominantly focuses on an upgrade of the farms fruit processing facilities, the local employees’ residential area is also a top priority. The architectural significance of these villages lies in its prevalence of traditional African architecture. The intention of the development is to transition the landscape into systems of sustainability that is indigenous to its culture and environment.
The challenges when working with the hallmark of African architecture within a vulnerable community, are complex. The well-being of the individual and the village takes a front row seat at the table of development. A research study by Sonia Mountford, director of Eategrity, was conducted on the villages’ strengths and weaknesses in terms of food scarcity, economical vulnerability and social practices. While it is the clients’ intention to address these issues and opportunities, this article follows the ablution facilities and its introduction into the existing fabric.
“Each shed is shifted to allow light through the roof and walls which renders the interior space a warm dignified working environment and ameliorates its industrial aesthetic. This is its biggest accomplishment and a quality that is so often absent in these architectural building types. “
2019 AFA Booklet, Cape Institute for Architects
On Wednesday evening KUBE architecture received an Architectural Award of Merit from the Cape Institute of Architecture. The award which acknowledges excellence and noteworthy contributions to the field of architecture was conferred at the CIFA Awards for Architecture held at the Cape Institute for Architecture. All submissions and Award Winners are exhibited for public viewing at The Architect Gallery, 71 Hout street.
You can find out more about the Award Winning Mouton Citrus Packing Facility here
The full write up as issued by the Cape Institute for Architects follows:
The landscape is a powerful presence. Within the landscape there lies unborn potential to create space and sustain livelihood.
KUBE architecture was recently approached to conceptualize an education centre with a sharp focus on didactic and sustainable strategies. The main intention was to conceptualize buildings with intentions and functions that optimize both educational and sustainable practices. The individual identities of the different buildings and their functions should therefore gravitate towards regional green building techniques, that stimulate and influence the doing and thinking of young pupils and visitors.
The Harrington is located in the East city precinct of Cape Town. The area has silently been growing in popularity with creatives and corporates alike. Earmarked by the city as a special design and development district, the area has slowly evolved into a breeding ground for small businesses . KUBE architecture was appointed by BLEND property group to assist with the refurbishment of then titled “Harrington House” completed in 2018. The String installation is located at the entrance to the Open 24 Hours Gallery which also doubles as the foyer to The Harrington. Martin Epstein, of Blend worked closely with artist Morne Visagie to refine the details and achieve the desired effect.
KUBE architecture was approached by Mouton Citrus to develop a new citrus packing facility. The architects had previously developed an affinity for the area after working on the alterations and additions to the existing Mouton packing facility, just outside Citrusdal, +/-200km from Cape Town. When the opportunity arose to develop a new green fields project, they were able to draw on their experience and knowledge of local conditions. Construction on the second phase of Mouton Citrus began in early 2018, with the clients need for additional automated citrus processing on site. Continue reading →
KUBE architecture recently completed a new residence in the Waters Edge Estate Blouberg. The external architectural character was dictated by the architectural guidelines as set by the estate. A pallet of neutral tones and materials retains the focus on the scenic beauty of the area and the Atlantic ocean. Mass components establish the presence of the unit in its context while the contrasting delicate, light timber elements reiterate the humble yet hardy nature of the Cape fynbos fauna and flora.