Category Archives: solar

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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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

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