Gallery: studioMAS Transforms Farmland Into Picture-Perfect Sustainable...

The Boers were hardworking farmers and committed savers, and they could practically survive on a single drop of water for weeks. It is this close-to-the-land ethos that studioMAS is re-inventing with their tidy retirement village De Land, which will be built on re-zoned farmland just outside of Potchefstroom. Like the Forum Homini boutique hotel featured here previously, this design incorporates many of the green techniques available to South African architects, including solar-heated water and passive design.

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  1. lazyreader March 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Is this a concept or something they want to build. They don’t seem to have a lot of parking for all the people. Still I don’t care either way. I’ve been rather dismissive of new urbanism. But everyone knows if you don’t build enough parking spaces, no one will live, work or shop there. Even mixed used developments fail to understand convenient parking drives retail and residential, no matter how pedestrian friendly we try to make towns and cities. In Fort Worth for instance built a 10 story garage next to pretty historic office building but the garage has a facade to make it more attractive.

  2. seamusdubh March 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I can understand the need of a city to expand at times. But rezoning agricultural to commercial or residential is not good.

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