Buildings of the future | Afrisam-SAIA awards

Buildings of the future | Afrisam-SAIA awards

At the prestigious 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation, held in the Silo precinct next to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (a project supported by AfriSam), there was a tangible feeling of hope as video footage introduced each one of the finalists.

‘These projects all make the world a better place by minimising their impact on the environment,’ said Richard Tomes, sales and marketing executive at AfriSam. ‘They also bear the hallmarks of great architectural and social design. Together they represent the very best in sustainable architecture and innovation.’

Three main criteria (regeneration, reconciliation and restoration) governed the judges’ final selection and the winners were divided into four categories. Click on the relevant images to be redirected to the respective YouTube videos.

The first category, Sustainable Architecture, included three awarded projects. These were: 

• DEA Building by Boogertman+Partners Architects

Optimized-DEA Building Main entrance_Awarded Project

• Gorgeous Green House by Sagnelli Associate Architects

Optimized-Gorgeous Green House 6_Awarded Project

• Oudebosch Camp Kogelberg by Architecture Co-op

These were joined by four commended projects:

• Earthworld Architects’ iCat Eco Factory

Optimized-icat eco factory05_Commended Project

• Local Studio’s Outreach Foundation Community Centre

• Daffonchio & Associate Architects’ Maboneng Precinct

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• WWF SA Braamfontein by Alive Architecture

In the second category, the award for Research in Sustainability went to:

Designing Hope for Pathways to Regenerative Sustainability, a book by Chrisna du Plessis

Optimized-Designing for Hope_Awarded Project

In the third category, the award for Sustainable Product/Technology went to:

• Paul Marais’ Otto Cottage

Image: TimesLive

Finally there were two awarded projects in the fourth category: Sustainable Social Programme. These were:

• buildCollective NPO with Carinthia University of Applied Science’s Bridging Mzamba

Optimized-BridgingMzamba_Awarded Project

• Architecture for a Change’s Malawi School

‘The awards are a resounding endorsement of sustainable and innovative design practice in the South African built environment,’ said Kevin Bingham, awards convenor and SAIA vice-president. ‘We have entered a new era in which sustainable design is becoming a non-negotiable, integral part of the building industry. Alongside significantly impacting the lives of those who use them, the awarded and commended projects provide fantastic inspiration for architects – and indeed everyone playing a part in our built environment.’

The adjudicators of the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation were Kevin Bingham (convener), Daniel Irurah, Llewellyn van Wyk, Sebasti Badenhorst, Eric Noir and Richard Stretton.

Contact details

South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)

Words Michelle Snaddon
Photographs Supplied


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