Marketplace September 2016
This underground parking lot in Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands, is a classic case of modern architecture with a dual function: it’s a garage that solves an environmental hazard. While it helps to accommodate the annual influx of tourists with 663 parking bays, it’s built beneath sand dunes and protects the town’s 3 000 residents against floods. The project won Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV an award for 2016’s Best Dutch Building of the Year.
Long before the first brick is laid, a floor plan is designed. Architect, graphic designer and illustrator Federico Babina has created artistic interpretations of these plans to capture the work of some of the world’s best-known architects – Le Corbusier, Gehry, Van der Rohe, Hadid – placing the simple geometric designs against bold backgrounds.
All about community
In a milestone land restitution settlement, Richmond Park is a multibillion-rand mixed-use property development in Milnerton – one of the largest of its kind in Cape Town – to be developed on a 84ha site. The land is owned by the Richmond Park Community, which was forcibly removed between 1972 and 1984. In 2014, it was transferred back to the community, comprising 401 families spanning five generations.
In a major boost for employment in the area, 120 people have graduated with new skills as part of the Richmond Park Treasury Trust development programme. The candidates completed training in various disciplines in the building industry, with companies involved in the development of Richmond Park already taking on graduates. Over the next five to 10 years, during the construction period alone, Richmond Park’s development should create some 15 000 jobs. Leading South African property investor and developer Atterbury, as well as the Richmond Park Communal Property Association, Qubic 3 Dimensional Property and Bethel Property are behind the project.
Meanwhile, along the north shore…
With construction of the first phase of Sibaya Coastal Precinct underway, KwaZulu-Natal’s northern coastline will reach a new standard of residential developments. The projected completion date is 15 to 20 years’ time, with the project, developed by Tongaat Hulett, set to be a mixed-use lifestyle development covering 1 000ha of land between the Ohlonga and Umdloti River estuaries. It will also be in close proximity to Umhlanga and King Shaka International Airport.
Because of the idyllic surrounds of beaches and coastal forest, Sibaya Coastal Precinct will prioritise the environment and its preservation. Sixty per cent of the land will be rehabilitated and the coastal dune forest of Hawaan within the development’s borders will be protected. The 75km of paths, trails and boardwalks will provide access to the 6.5km of beach and forests. A central green boulevard with cycle lanes will also feature.
Home improvements: insider input
Renovations, in the end, are rewarding and worthwhile – and ultimately add value to your property. The process, however, can be headache-inducing and drawn-out, good reason to consider a drywall system. Construction time is lowered, which means less time dodging the builders, and there’s also less material waste. The amount of water needed to install drywalls is also far less, making it an environmentally friendly alternative.
For spaces that tend to be damp and cold, such as south-facing bathrooms and kitchens, Gyproc’s RhinoBoard MoistureResistant is a feasible product option – and is warmer to the touch. The moisture-resistant, lightweight gypsum plasterboard includes water-repellant additives and can be used to dryline internal surfaces. A range of alternative products, along with helpful tools and demos, are available online.
Text Genevieve Putter, supplied