The Sustainable public eco-tourism facility has been completed and was officially opened to the public in February 2012. Architects, Justin Cooke and Jessica Cohen, led the client (CapeNature) and a full team of consultants in a process of Integrated Project Design and Delivery (IPDD). The facility consists of five self-catering cabins and a small function room that integrate modestly into the surroundings.
The contractors influenced the design and delivery strategies during site planning and construction, using a guiding ethos of touching the earth lightly: simple buildings and a place that blends into the landscape. Lightweight timber frames and a panel system were constructed off-site to reduce impact and shorten the construction period. The use of natural, sustainable and ethically sourced building materials; together with the minimization of energy use was an important element of the project.
Eco-friendly and aesthetic
The five self-catering units, with views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, are linked by wooden walkways and were constructed with renewable materials with care taken to have as little impact on the surrounds as possible. Located in South Africa’s first biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1998 and a World Heritage Site, the new accommodation makes use of innovative solutions to reach a high degree of ecological compatibility.
Each cabin features an interesting planted roof that acts as insulation and keeps the accommodation cool in summer, and for winter days, there’s an indoor fireplace. Chandeliers and lights are finished off with recycled bottles, the dining table is a basic trestle style and quirky bedside tables add character to the simple but modern and classy rooms.
There’s a braai (barbeque) area in each courtyard and all units have a walkway that leads to the central eco-pool. The pool has no chemicals and includes a shallow section with aquatic plants that assist in the cleaning and regeneration process. The original design of the buildings used elevated stilts to position the buildings above the landscape, but this was modified to accommodate a solid plinth for fire prevention.
The Oudebos Mountain Camp replaces an existing facility and aims to provide reconcilable facilities for sensitive eco-tourism. The project consists of five self-catering cabins and a small function room which are lightweight, stilted structures that integrate modestly into the surroundings.
Renewable materials such as local or recycled wood and further recycled materials are used for the insulated construction, which in large parts consists of elements prefabricated off-site. Operationally self-sustaining, local water resources are restrainedly used; energy consumption is minimized through the use of low energy systems. Wastewater is avoided by means of self-composting toilets and low-flow showers.See more
One of four Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes for Africa Middle East was presented to a sustainable eco-tourism facility in Cape Town by South African architects Architecture co-op.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Africa Middle East » أقرأ المزيد (Arabic) » pour en savoir plus (French) »
The jury acknowledges the strength of this project lies in the consistent implementation of its initial idea to minimize impact on this valuable biosphere and to rehabilitate natural conditions on the previously operated site. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on the planet, and as a contextualized feature the Oudebos Mountain Camp is a commendable example for good practice of balancing tourist needs and preservation aspects.
Located in the UNESCO world heritage Cape Floral Region, the Oudebos Mountain Camp replaces an existing facility and aims to provide reconcilable facilities for sensitive eco-tourism. The project consists of five self-catering cabins and a small function room which are lightweight, stilted structures that integrate modestly into the surroundings. Renewable materials such as local or recycled wood and further recycled materials are used for the insulated construction, which in large parts consists of elements prefabricated off-site.Download project entry poster (PDF, 80.57 KB) »
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