During the latter part of 2009 we offered our service gratis for the design of the Intaka Island Visitors Centre, an educational eco-centre serving school groups, bird-watching groups and members of the public visiting the Intaka Wetlands Conservancy in the centre of Century City (approximately 16Ha). The design of this small building incorporates an office component, lecture/meeting room and foyer/exhibition space, as well as toilet facilities and a kitchen.
During the process considerable effort and research was undertaken to ensure that the building was energy efficient and incorporated off-grid sustainability.
The building incorporates exposed-truss thatched roofs over the main areas (low technology, good insulation, deep overhangs, recyclable) combined with separating elements of planted flat roofs (rooftop indigenous gardens visible from nearby apartment buildings, fire prevention/spread), and the toilets + kitchen are served by water-saving taps, solar heating, and a special bio-degrading sewerage treatment plant that purifies waste for recycling on site (composting, irrigation, worm-farm).
Solar and wind power are currently being harvested to provide electricity sufficient to greatly reduce on-grid requirements. Decking (and outdoor furniture) is made from treated wood from certified sustainable forests, and all the above features are incorporated into the educational talks/briefings that precede nature walk-abouts.
2010 - SAPOA Award for Waterstone Development (Best Residential Development in S.A.)