- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 2, 2012 @ 11:28 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Disaster-proof design,gallery,humanitarian design,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Reconstruction of the Indluvo Centre began in 2009 when Architects Without Frontiers  went to assess the community’s needs. They worked with Zvi Belling  and Lani Fender to design the project pro-bono to ensure the community had the facility they needed. The project consists of two, two-story buildings to house learning centre, clinic, soup kitchen, neighbourhood lookout, administration facilities and guest house. In addition, the new facility also needed to be built by local inhabitants and be fire-proof and bullet proof.
To meet the needs of the community, the design team settled on using the low-tech sandbag and Ecobeam  truss system. This way, they could hire unskilled local workers and utilize locally sourced sand. Ecobeam’s prefab truss system is simple to assemble and the sandbags serve as sturdy walls that provide excellent thermal mass and insulation. The exterior is covered with wire and plaster and was painted in bright colors. The project was recently completed and actress Halle Berry celebrated at its opening.
+ ITN Architects 
Images ©Zvi Belling
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/the-indlovu-centre-is-a-fire-proof-bullet-proof-community-building-in-south-africa/
URLs in this post:
 Indlovu Centre: http://www.architectswithoutfrontiers.com.au/site/component/content/article/253.html
 Shaster Foundation: http://www.shaster.org.za/
 Planter Wheeler Foundation: http://www.planetwheeler.org/
 Zvi Belling of ITN Architects: http://www.itnarchitects.com/
 Ecobeam: http://ecobeamhomes.com/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-indlovu-centre-is-a-fire-proof-bullet-proof-community-building-in-south-africa/dsc00690/
 Architects Without Frontiers: http://www.architectswithoutfrontiers.com.au/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.