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Green Building - The best of South African Designs

We love innovation and South African designers have gone above and beyond when it comes to green building designs. Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of the best designs from across South Africa and decide for yourself.

Visserhoek School



The designers, Tsai Design, designed a classroom for underprivileged children living just outside of Cape Town by using colourful shipping containers and green design principles.



At just 12 square meters, the colorful classroom provides learning space for 25 5-6 year olds in Grade R, and it turns into a library for the entire Vissershok primary school in the afternoons. Equipped with a stepped gathering area and a fun jungle gym, the school is also growing a vertical garden that enhances the air quality and provides shelter from prevailing southeasterly winds.

Hemp House

The Hemp House is definitely one of a kind, designed by Tony Budden and his partner Duncan Parker, the duo was so convinced of the redeeming qualities of this versatile and renewable fiber, they persevered with the construction of the country’s first hemp house. 



If the sustainable construction material is not enough for green building enthusiasts, the house outside of Cape Town also has a verdant green roof.

Karoo Wilderness Centre

The Karoo is one of the most diverse and beautiful places in South Africa and that Karoo Wilderness Centre was designed to showcase the beauty of this breathtaking place.



Field Architecture designed this amazing building to compliment the landscape without damaging the fragile eco-system, and because water is care in the Karoo they also integrated a rainwater-capturing system into the design.

House in the Tree Tops

Designed by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects, this stunning home in Cape Town, creates the illusion that you are living amongst the trees. 



New Jerusalem Orphanage



This beautiful orphanage was started by two sisters who were concerned with the growing number of South African children who have no home. Designed by 4D and A Architects, the sanctuary for 80 orphans was built out of affordable shipping containers and features a host of brightly colored rooms filled with light and inspiring mosaic detailing.

House Abo

House Abo is another contemporary design that reveals an intimate knowledge of the most up to date passive solar design techniques. 



Designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects, the energy efficient house wrapped in glass features a series of pools and water features that create not only a wonderful place of leisure, but also a comfortable microclimate to counter the country’s hot summers. 


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