South Africa

Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel

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Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

No stranger to Inhabitat, the designers of South Africa's precious Ubuntu Center have taken a very gentle but also contemporary approach to this home renovation by gutting the claustrophobic interior and

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Daring Chef at Planet Restaurant Creates 6 Course Vegan Menu in Carnivore Country, South Africa

Daring Chef at Planet Restaurant Creates 6 Course Vegan Menu in Carnivore Country, South Africa

The Mount Nelson Hotel hosted us and a guest two weeks ago while we were touring Cape Town's numerous eco-initiatives. Our appetizer consisted of light pastries filled with beetroot, eggplant, turnip and

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EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

When Janice went on holiday to Zimbabwe in 2008, she discovered handmade paper products with texture and colors she had never seen before. She immediately contacted their maker, Walter Ruprecht, who had

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

Even on a sunny day, even though it's fairly high up, the Grand Daddy trailer park hotel is very comfortable thanks to plenty of shade and green space, which keeps air quality high despite pollution

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Missing Link Builds an Awesome Indoor Treehouse Inside Their New South African Office

Missing Link Builds an Awesome Indoor Treehouse Inside Their New South African Office

Samantha Dean is Missing Link's Managing Director and one of several people who went without sleep and fought with contractors on a daily basis in order to bring this incredible project to fruition.

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The “Climate Train” is Greeted by Zulu Dancers and COP 17 Officials in Durban

The “Climate Train” is Greeted by Zulu Dancers and COP 17 Officials in Durban

The train has already stopped in 17 cities and towns across South Africa to raise awareness about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint - just in time for the 17th climate change conference

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South Africa’s First Electric Vehicle is a Real “Joule”

South Africa’s First Electric Vehicle is a Real “Joule”

We first heard about South Africa’s exciting first electric vehicle named the “Joule” last year, and are happy to bring you updated information and images. This 5 seater passenger

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Fusion Properties to Build Beautiful Green Roof Topped Houses in Baakens Valley, South Africa

Fusion Properties to Build Beautiful Green Roof Topped Houses in Baakens Valley, South Africa

One of the first GBCSA registered Multi-Unit Residential Pilot projects in South Africa is being planned for Port Elizabeth, South Africa. To be developed by Fusion Properties, the project will consist of

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South Africa’s Historic Babylonstoren Farm Retreat Reconnects Guests with Nature

South Africa’s Historic Babylonstoren Farm Retreat Reconnects Guests with Nature

The getaway lets guests take a step back in time to the Dutch settlement of South Africa. The farm, manor house, bell tower and other buildings have been carefully preserved, and date back to the 1700s.

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Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

StudioMAS has taken huge strides to reduce the building's carbon and energy footprint by relying mostly on passive design to keep the building cool and warm. In certain rooms, where passive design was

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VIDEO: New Pronto Superfast Application Condom Staves Off the Spread of STDs

VIDEO: New Pronto Superfast Application Condom Staves Off the Spread of STDs

Nothing kills the mood more than a condom wrapper that simply.won't.open, but in South Africa, uncooperative condoms can be more than just an inconvenience. With one of the world's highest rates of

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South Africa’s First Vertical Garden is a Living, Growing Billboard for Emirates Airlines

South Africa’s First Vertical Garden is a Living, Growing Billboard for Emirates Airlines

Different varieties of succulents were planted on a biodynamic felt screen imported from Germany. Behind it, a sensor-operated hydroponic drip irrigation system delivers both water and fertilizer to the

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South Africa’s Mankgaile Primary School Doubles as a Thriving Community Center

South Africa’s Mankgaile Primary School Doubles as a Thriving Community Center

The project was sponsored by PetroSA and now is the commanding focal point for the village in the Limpopo province. Replacing a set of basic and dilapidated buildings, the school is now an organized,

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Gorgeous South African Home Sits Amid the Treetops

Gorgeous South African Home Sits Amid the Treetops

Located in a lush area next to a valley and stream, the house offers 2,475 square feet of living space. Echoing the trees surrounding the property, Van Der Merwe Miszewski created five tree-like

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Bee-Friendly Furniture Grows Herbs for London’s National Theater Restaurant

Bee-Friendly Furniture Grows Herbs for London’s National Theater Restaurant

Furniture designer Ryan Frank has created a series of sustainable timber furniture for the National Theater in London. The furniture flanks the outdoor area of theater’s sustainable restaurant, Terrace

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C-Shaped Wright House Extension Gives Thatched Roofing a Modern Twist

C-Shaped Wright House Extension Gives Thatched Roofing a Modern Twist

The lines of the house are incredibly smooth and fluid and reaches out to the surrounding landscape, which has been left wild and untethered. The art gallery consists of a transparent tunnel that further

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Flight 101: Reverse Graffiti Hits the Streets of South Africa!

Flight 101: Reverse Graffiti Hits the Streets of South Africa!

JP Jordaan, Nick Ferreira, Stathi Kougianos and Martin Pace are all Vega graduates, a brand communication school in South Africa. The group's surprising and thought-evoking eco art is designed to draw

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Hemp House: South Africa’s Most Sustainable Home Made From An “Illegal Narcotic”

Hemp House: South Africa’s Most Sustainable Home Made From An “Illegal Narcotic”

Tony Budden and his partner Duncan Parker aimed to give the Hemp House the lightest carbon footprint possible, but had to import most of the materials since South Africa lacks a domestic supply of hemp

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Five Star Didimala Lodge Is The World’s Largest Strawbale Building!

Five Star Didimala Lodge Is The World’s Largest Strawbale Building!

The wheat straw bales were wrapped in chicken wire (a kind of light metal fencing ubiquitous in South Africa) and then covered in a layer of gunite. While an expensive and not-so-earth-friendly material,

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Daffonchio Architects Gives Samios Heritage House a Green-Roofed Addition

Daffonchio Architects Gives Samios Heritage House a Green-Roofed Addition

The building's glass exterior ensures fantastic views of the surrounding Magaliesburg mountains, but it is also a potential sauna. To mitigate unwanted solar gain, two different types of louvers are used.

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Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Clothing Line For Charity

Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Clothing Line For Charity

Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is the last person you'd expect to be dabbling in fashion, but then again, he's never been known for sticking to convention.

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Forum Homini Hotel Rehabilitates Cradle of Humankind in Africa

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Forum Homini Hotel Rehabilitates Cradle of Humankind in Africa

Although the existing buildings could not be incorporated into the new design, many of the materials were donated elsewhere or broken down and recycled as a new construction material. This includes much

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EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

The name 360º refers not only to the zen surroundings, but also to nature's never-ending cycles: the seasons, the planetary movements and their trajectory within the universe, and our cyclical

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Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

An intermediate mezzanine floor provides for more space, but keep the houses compact and comfortable. Large north-facing windows with sliding aluminum louvers make optimum use of the Western Cape’s

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Dodeca’s Cocoon Hotel Shields Guests From Hard Industrial Environment

Dodeca’s Cocoon Hotel Shields Guests From Hard Industrial Environment

The outer skin rooms are wrapped in a tensile fabric that allow the entire building to breathe. Each guest can operate their own "skin" electronically, opening and closing it according to their needs.

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Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Image ©Julian Abrams Due to the project's tight turnaround time, RUFproject decided to forgo incorporating more complicated green strategies and instead focused on more basic principles, like sun

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Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Schnetzer and Gregor built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, improving upon their original design to make it even more affordable. In previous designs, the pallets were used

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Ecomo Homes: Modular, Compact, Solar Powered Prefabs

Ecomo Homes: Modular, Compact, Solar Powered Prefabs

The Ecomo Home modular housing system is based on square modular units that can be used as living spaces, "play" spaces or sleeping quarters. The units can be easily joined together in a variety of

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