Lafarge-Holcim Awards 2011
The Oudebosch Mountain Camp won an international Holcim award for Sustainable Architecture.
The following is the comment which was provided by the jury:
The project’s strength lies in the thorough research and planning and careful execution of this resource conserving and spatially-inspiring dwelling on a site within a harsh Cape-coast climatic zone in South Africa. The result is a very attractive living space which is in harmony with its environment. The light, open frame-like structure, sliding screens and glazing as well as the continuity of fi nishes blur the boundaries between inside and outside.
The house seeks to make use of and recycle any available natural resources so as to put minimal strain on the environment. In addition, solar energy, solar heating, rainwater harvesting and biological waste processing will ensure independence from any public utility network. The jury has commended this project both for its formal and light-structure approach to the sensitive site and the smart implementation of sustainable materials and construction techniques.
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