Andrew Michler

South African Wilderness Center Captures Rain in its Roof To Keep Cool

by , 05/06/11

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The roof is lined with solar electric panels, enabling the entire faculty to run off the power grid. Waste water is processed and reused on-site, so the buildings are self-sufficient in terms of water use as well.

The materials in the building were sourced locally as well — concrete aggregate is produced in the area and its texture and hue reflects the qualities of the landscape. The low-slung buildings are also designed to mimic the strata of the landscape, and the prodigious ceilings reflect the gum-pole ceilings common in the area.

The carefully conceived center responds to the delicate nature of the region and highlights the beauty and wealth of the desert it is designed to celebrate. Construction is set to take places with respect to the rain cycle to minimize disturbance, and dislocated aloe plants will be replanted.

+ Field Architecture

Via Green Architecture Notes

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  1. caeman May 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Simple, effective. I like it.

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