Category Archives: Rural Architecture

Phenomenology through the lens of an ablution block

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. 

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