To expand an existing preschool in a cost effective manner using unrecyclable waste material and to develop skills among the community in the process.
Site response: This intervention offers a precedent of densifying the typical RDP block house landscape. By lifting the residential component to a new first floor and positioning the new component up against the boundary meant that every square metre of the ground level could be maximized.
The Upcycled Wall:
The project’s team of professionals have developed a system that packages Ecobricks (two liter plastic bottles filled with compressed plastic packaging) in such a manner that the end product is fire resistant and equipped to handle our coastal climate. In this way plastic waste is upcycled into an insulating building material.
The Recyclable Wall:
This system of construction has been designed around the (probable changing) lifespan of the building. Together the Ecobricks act as insulating infill panels supported by a lightweight steel structure and protected from the elements by fire resident boarding. Should alterations/relocation of building ever be required the boarding may be removed, the Ecobricks and steel frame reshuffled accordingly and the same boarding can be reused.
This project simultaneously addresses the early educational needs of a small township community as well as the environmental awareness of an entire metropolitan area.
This project brought together people from vastly diverse backgrounds in order to create the target amount of Ecobricks.
This building will form a tangible example of what can be accomplished when communities unite to addresses shared challenges.