Category Archives: Environmental

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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Mindful Education: A Dialogue with Nature

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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.

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Immediate Implementation of Water Rationing across Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has activated water rationing to forcibly lower water usage in line with water restrictions across the metro as phase 1 of its critical water shortages disaster plan.

Water usage remains dangerously high above required levels.

Rationing will lead to intermittent supply, likely during peak water consumption hours in the mornings and evenings. It won’t result in a complete shutdown, but some areas may experience short water outages. Service will be restored as quickly as possible. Continue reading

Residence 1485 Franschoek

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Residence 1485, a new edition to the KUBE architecture portfolio is nestled in the mountains overlooking the town of Franschoek. The appointment is the result of an invited competition. You can see the original entry here. With neighbours Chamonix Wine Estate and Black Elephant Winters the location suggests a lifestyle of congeniality, Continue reading

KUBE architecture receives Special Commendation for Sustainable Construction

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The FynBloem Protea Packing Facility, designed by Cape Town based architectural Practice KUBE architecture,  received a highly commended award in this year’s ‘AfriSam Sustainable Construction’ category. The project, which acts as the face of the FynBloem brand uses creative initiatives to lessen the environmental impact and increase sustainability, not only during construction but also in the everyday running of the facility. The facility was also awarded the CSR award for Socially Responsible Development!  You can read more about what makes this project so successful here.

Which Cities are leading the Green Revolution?

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Which Cities are leading the Green Revolution?  New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm? The following infographic explores which cities have been most successful in reducing their carbon footprint. Continue reading

Fynbloem Packing Facility receives CSR Award for Socially Responsible Development

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The Fynbloem Protea Packing Facility by Cape Town Architects, KUBE architecture was recently awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the Investment Fund for Developing Countries. The CSR Award is the industry’s showcase for the most powerful and successful, social responsibility and green campaigns. Christian Friis Bach, Minister for Development Coordination, explains why FynBloem walked away with this honour… Continue reading