Vlakkeland Innovative Housing, Paarl
Innovative Housing, Paarl, WC South Africa
Winner of the Pioneer of Innovation Award 2017 – Sponsored by National Home Builders Regional Council.
Awarded to Riefqah Abrahams, Pr. Architect and co-founding director of Archi.
The project is a pilot catalyst project, developed to transform the housing landscape in South Africa. The standard RDP Subsidy House was a departure point. A design was explored within the subsidy quantum allowance. Aesthetics was improved in order to facilitate social enhancement and transformation. Each element of the house was interrogated to ensure that the most value was achieved for the most marginalized citizen and community.
Design Objectives: Normalising enhancements. Normalising intelligent buildings. Prioritising innovation.
Elements of green building design were incorporated for the first time. Social enhancements were introduced to subsidy housing for the first time. Biophilic design was incorporated.
This ‘pioneer’ project strives to achieve an innovative outcome that will benefit thousands in its rollout. This is the beginning of the future of housing in South Africa, and in turn, Africa. We need to inventively think about the structures we place that continue to deplete our limited energy resources without giving anything back to the environment. We need to be vigilant in creating architecture of consequence that enhances and uplifts the communities within which they are placed, and benefit humanity at large.
The design, incorporates;
Safe Environment/ Surveillance
Water Mitigation Plan
Social Equity and Expansion.