Category Archives: Green Building

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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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

How the FynBloem Packing Facility used TABS to cut Electricity costs

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Cape Town based architects KUBE recently completed a sustainable Protea packing facility in Riviersonderend. One of the methods employed towards greening the building is called TABS.  Continue reading

Kasteelberg Nature Estate

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KUBE architecture is compiling the architectural guidelines and concept for a new residential estate on the slopes of the Kasteelberg Mountain Estate just above the town of  Riebeek Wes in the Western Cape.  Continue reading

KUBE architecture is now Competent and Registered: SANS10400XA

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A first-of-its-kind, the FynBloem Sustainable Protea Packing Facility in Riviersonderend by KUBE architecture.

Cape Town based architectural practice, KUBE architecture is now capable of acting in the capacity of Competent Persons with regard to the new SANS10400XA Energy legislation. What this means is that we are able to perform Rational Designs according to the Regulation and Standards, and make use of the Deemed-to-Satisfy route for compliance. Continue reading

Implementation of New Energy Legislation (SANS10400XA): 14 May 2012

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Like many other Cape Town architects we received this letter in the electronic mailbox the other day…What it says is that all new building work, alterations and additions included, would have to comply with these regulations which targets the amount of electricity consumed by households for heating water, temperature regulation and lighting. Continue reading

Fynbloem Update: Cracking the Social Code of Sustainability

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Back in 1987 a couple of smart people gathered at an event known as the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations. Sustainable development was defined as development which meets the needs of the current generation without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability as a term is commonly used to collect all the trendy carelessly tossed about terminology such as environmentally friendly, green, organic etc. etc., but it doesn’t end there, in 2005 at the UN World Summit, it was noted that sustainability required satisfying environmental, social and economic criteria. Continue reading