Green House in Shona Langa eco estate

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Province Residence, Mabula home photos

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo

28 December 2022

Design: A4AC Architects | Architecture for a change (pty)Ltd

Location: Shona Langa eco estate, Mabula district, Limpopo Province, South Africa

New bush house in the Shona Langa eco estate

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Provinc

Photos by Ernst van Biljon

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo, South Africa

No project can be completed without a team: Client, Architect and Builder. The project was built during the pandemic. This was a difficult time for the team (client, architect, and builder), but through teamwork a loving bush home was completed.

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Provinc

The project brief called for a small, cost-effective bush house in the Shona Langa eco estate. The challenge was to create a unique building that merge with the undisturbed landscape and resembles contemporary architecture. It was key to merge the interior and exterior through transparency.

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Provinc

The house was designed on minimal – yet functional; – dimensions. Due to a tight budget each square meter that could be saved mattered. The 3d bed, 2-bathroom dwelling is only 70sqm floor area. The external patio is 50 sqm, ideal for the African climate.

The house has a double roof system. The 1st layer is the signature floating roof. This element provides the building with a unique form. It also functions as a ventilated void. Harsh African heat is reflected away from the main roof. The rounded eaves end the elevations in a soft manner. This helps to blend the building mass with it natural context.

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Provinc

The building structure was prefabricated as light weight steel panels. The framing was clad with a steel mesh and light weight concrete pumped into the cavities. The mesh received a plaster.

The glazing is a mix of single and double glazing. This achieved a balance between cost and thermal performance.

New bush house in the Shona Langa eco estate

The walls sit on a concrete raft foundation which absorbs solar radiation during the day and emits heat during the cool nights. The main roof that sits behind a parapet is an insulated IBR sheeted roof. The floating roof is an opaque polycarbonate sheet.

New bush house in the Shona Langa eco estate

The dwelling is electrified by PV panels. Water heating is done through bottled gas. Plumbing is done through a septic tank and French drain. The only grid service used is potable water.

This makes the house very low-key to run in the remote location.

New bush house in the Shona Langa eco estate

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Province – Building Information

Project Name: Green House

Office Name: A4AC Architects

Office Website: https://www.a4ac.co.za/

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Contact email: info@a4ac.co.za

Firm Location: 22 Davy Rd, Industria North, Johannesburg, 1719

New bush house in the Shona Langa eco estate

Completion Year: 2022

Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 105 m2

Project Location: Shona Lange nature estate, Thabazimbi, South-Africa

Program / Use / Building Function: Dwelling

Lead Architects: Dirk Coetser

Lead Architects e-mail: dirk@a4ac.co.za

Photographer

Photo Credits: Ernst van Biljon

Green House in Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Province images / information received 281222 from A4AC Architects

Location: Shona Langa eco estate, Limpopo Province, South Africa

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