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.
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 East city precinct has silently grown in popularity with creatives and corporates alike. Earmarked by the city as a special design and development district, the Cape Town coffee capital has slowly been cultivating its culture with major role players such as Haas and the steampunk inspired Truth claiming their piece of the sidewalk. Cultural bodies such as the Cape Town City Hall, the Central Library and the District 6 Museum have been drawing locals and tourists alike to the area while the Cape Technicon has ensured that the area is fueled by a steady flow of fresh intellectual capital. Bree street and the foreshore have been taking the lion’s share of the spotlight, but competitive property prices and potential is what drew the attention of the Blend Property Group to this sector of the city. Continue reading →
KUBE architecture recently started working on a new residence in Perth, Australia. The house is located on the beachfront in Burns Beach with uninterrupted views of the ocean to the South-West while fronting onto the pedestrian beach access way to the South-East. These are the first images of what they’ve been busy with. Continue reading →