Aurecon, a global engineering consultant, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA
Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the company’s second office building in Century City, Cape Town. Aureconâ€™s earlier premises in Century City were completed in 2011 and achieved the distinction of being the first 5-Star Green Star SA rated building in South Africa.
“Aurecon is leading by example in designing and occupying green buildings for our own offices,” says Aurecon’s Cape Town Office Manager, Coenie Fick. “We are reaping the benefits of much lower electricity costs with more than 60 per cent saving, pleasant and productive environments, as well as an enhanced reputation as one of the world leaders in sustainable development.”
Rapidly outgrowing their first 7 000 mÂ² Century City office premises, Aurecon developed a second building that is connected to the first one by a sky-bridge. The new building is called Aurecon West. The versatile design of the new Aurecon West makes provision for the company’s continuing growth in the Cape region, comprising 4 700 mÂ² of premium office space on three levels together with 3 200 mÂ² of parking space on two levels. Aurecon is initially only occupying one office level. The remaining floors have been made available for other tenants to experience the benefits of a 5-Star green office environment. In addition, the lowest office level has been adapted for use as a third parking area, which will enable a convenient expansion of the office space in the future.
Continuing the successful project partnership established with the first Aurecon Century City offices, the second building has been developed by the Rabie Property Group for owners Ingenuity Property Investments. Aurecon was responsible for the engineering services and the Green Star rating application, assisted by Ludwig Design Consulting. MaC Architects were again involved with the design of the building.
Aurecon West was completed in February 2016 at a cost of R92.7 million. “The steep learning curve to address the ground-breaking challenge of achieving the country’s first
5-Star rated building with Aurecon East had the benefit of enabling a seamless delivery on Phase 2,” comments Aurecon Technical Director, Heinrich Stander. “This was also in line with the international trend as supply chains for green materials and technologies mature, and the industry becomes more skilled at delivering green buildings.”
The power efficiency that Aurecon achieved for the Phase 1 building had a spin-off for Phase 2. With efficiency far exceeding expectations and the consequent reduced requirement for back-up power, it was possible for one of the two back-up generator sets to be relocated to the Phase 2 project. Another interesting development was in the approach used for water conservation and management. Instead of the rainwater harvesting system used in Phase 1, the new project exploited its access to treated effluent water from the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works. The effluent water is processed within the building to an acceptable level that completely eliminates the demand on potable water for toilet flushing.
Aurecon has accumulated first-hand experience of the positive return on investment achievable with efficient green building design. Phase I was the first green rated building in Century City and Phase 2 has become the tenth. “The trend doesn’t stop there,” claims Stander. “The cost-neutral and beneficial green design principles that Aurecon engineers and designers have experience in applying are also proposed for, and generally incorporated in, our ‘non-green’ rated projects.”
This recently constructed shipping container home is another prime example of just how versatile cargotecture really can be. Irish architect and farmer Patrick Bradley built this home using four shipping containers, which he obtained from the Belfast Docks. The home is located in a rural area of Northern Ireland, where his new home is by far the most modern one around.
The hardest thing was getting the precut shipping containers to the building site, since the access roads are so narrow in places the trucks that delivered them had a hard time getting through. Once there, the containers were placed atop the concrete pad foundations, which were a perfect fit for the containers. The containers were then welded together to form a large cross-shaped structure.
The home is designed in a very innovative and modern fashion, and is cantilevered over a stream. Little on the outside of the structure reveals that that home is actually built out of shipping containers. The ground floor is clad in wood paneling, while the first floor has metal cladding. Due to the innovative placement of the containers, the home also features two patios, one on the ground floor, and the other on the first floor, which is accessible via an outdoor staircase.
The home contains many large, floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow for great ventilation and let in plenty of natural daylight. Heating is provided via a wood stove. Shipping container origins of the home are nowhere in evidence on the inside either. The walls are painted white and the flooring is of grey tile.
The initial budget for the home was £100,000, which is approximately 160,000 USD, but the final cost of the home, including all the interior design elements and decorations, came to £133,000, which is just under 215,000 USD. A lot of this cost is made up of the expensive and luxury interior decorations and extras, such as the £16,000 (25,773 USD) bathroom.
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An innovative black barn structure has been awarded the 2014 Supreme National ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Award. It was designed by Waikato designer Tane Cox of Red Architecture.
This year’s winner, “Modern BarnForm,” is a design centred on two black barn-like structures at Whatawhata in the Waikato.
One of the black barn structures houses the main living and sleeping areas for the property while the entry and ablutions are in block forms to the south.
The secondary black barn form holds the garage, which is detached from the main dwelling.
Staying true to barn typology, a vertical run steel was chosen as the primary cladding. Bricks from a warehouse that was a casualty of the Christchurch earthquakes were recycled and used as cladding for the block forms on the south side.
A cedar-clad recess was cut at the centre of the house and provides a covered outdoor area to the home while creating an outdoor foyer with framed views from the entry and loft.
The recess also functions as a passageway to a deck.
Modern Barn Form designer Tane Cox says he loves projects that begin with an idea and grow into a design that embraces the idea.
“It’s a home that the client has been stoked with and, although modest in appearance, the two black barn-like structures are hard to miss when they reveal themselves as you wind round a quiet country road, said Cox.
“The house won’t be everyone’s idea of perfect but I think the approach to the design is an important aspect that anyone can take on board regardless of whether they want to spend a little or a lot.
To me, there’s nothing worse than a house that’s designed around a grand entrance or a certain new cladding material or a “style” or “feature” that is not fitting for the environment.
Designs that are simple and fit the context will always in my opinion achieve their architectural responsibility.”
ADNZ general manager Astrid Andersen said Tane Cox’s work is an exciting glimpse at where young designers are taking home design in New Zealand.
“This design is a true testament to the innovation and creativity of young New Zealand designers – in particular it demonstrates how young designers are proving inventiveness and good design are possible with a limited budget.
The judging panel was impressed with the work of the Waikato designer, commenting that the design was a fresh interpretation of a traditional form.
“A disciplined palette of colours and materials is enriched by the use of recycled materials and off the shelf elements.
It is a clever and economical design using simple yet effective material selection creating a warm, functional, modern, industrial home,” they say.
Mr Cox also won the award for the 150-300m2 new home architectural design award. He was joint winner of the residential interiors architectural design award.
Eight other designs from across the country and awarded national awards at the ceremony. They were:
- Ducansby Rd in Red Beach, Auckland designed by David Maurice of Ltd Architectura;
- Norton House in Coromandel Town designed by Kris Wilson of Design House Architecture Ltd;
- SoYo in Christchurch designed by Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Ltd;
- Marina Point in Fiji designed by Greg Young of Life Style Architecture;
- Il Viaggio in Shotover River by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture;
- Heritage View Townhouses in Dunedin by Brent Alexander of The Design Studio; and
- SiloStay in Little River by Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design
- Redwood Visitors Centre – Public Toilets in Rotorua by Darryl Church of Darryl Church Architecture Ltd.
The judging panel for the 2014 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards included Dr Andrew Barrie, professor of design at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning, Dr Duncan Joiner, chief architect at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Graham Sawall, award-winning architectural designer and life member of ADNZ.
The supreme award winner is selected from across all categories including commercial design, residential new homes, alterations and multi-unit dwellings.
Architectural Designers New Zealand is a professional body for architects and architectural designers of New Zealand.