AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture

Following a vigorous adjudication phase aimed at identifying outstanding South African architectural projects that reflect sustainable outcomes, 12 qualifying entries for the 2011/2012 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture have been announced. 

The entries will be exhibited at the SAIA Architecture ZA 2012 Biennale, hosted by the Cape Institute for Architecture in September, in the run-up to the announcement of the awarded projects in October.

Entries for the 2011/2012 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture were submitted under two categories — one for built work that has been beneficially (for the purpose it was constructed) occupied from 15 March 2011 and the other for works of social importance, including research.

Three of the built work nominations are for cutting-edge sustainable commercial buildings — The Energy Works in Parktown North, Johannesburg; Pick ‘n Pay on Nicol in Sandton and the Nedbank Ridgeside Building in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal.

Residential properties among the entries include a house in Lynnwood, Pretoria, by Arca Architects & Designers that anticipates change and future expansion through flexibility; a Lanseria property by Claude Bailey Architects & Designers featuring a backbone comprising a 50m long rammed earth wall; and a Melville house designed by Kate Otten Architects that wraps around a Dombeya tree.

The prestigious AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture was first introduced in 2009 to recognise and promote projects in the South African architectural arena that have effectively shifted paradigms with place making buildings that are ecologically sustainable and which also uplift the community. The awards reflect SAIA and AfriSam’s commitment to promoting architecture that meets the social, cultural, economic and environmental needs of the people it serves.

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