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.
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 →
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? 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“It can take up to 140 litres of water to produce each cup of coffee”
Ruth Matthews, Executive director of the Water Footprint Network [source]
The fact that KUBE architecture is run on a constant supply of good strong coffee coupled with an increased passion for sustainable development means that we found this statement rather alarming. Adding to our discomfort was the indication that the upcoming dry months will place severe strain on the City’s water resources. Luckily Cape Town is famous for the amount of coffee consumed rather than produced but the coffee scenario did highlight an uncomfortable truth. Continue reading →