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simeka heights

venda, limpopo

in progress

 The University of Venda's student housing development is found in the rural region of Venda, Northern Limpopo.

As the site is host to numerous indigenous plant species with natural flora and fauna in abundance, the design concept called for a development which would become a backdrop for this natural landscape. The position of a natural wetland in the centre of the site promoted this concept as the natural elements dominate the arrangement of buildings on the site, with a number of green fingers infiltrating the spaces between the proposed buildings on site.

The design intends to use mostly locally available materials and resources in combating the warm local climate. This is achieved through the inclusion of a curved brick façade punctuated by many glazed openings protected by steel sun louvres, and a steel roofing structure with large overhangs.

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