Shortlisted projects announced for AfriSam-SAIA Award

14 projects have been shortlisted for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation for 2017/18.

The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation acknowledges excellence in best practice and innovation in sustainable architecture, recognising the contributions that bring sustainable innovation to human living environments through integrated approaches to communities, planning, architecture, design, building practice and technology.

RBDIZ Entrance Gate by Jeremy Steere Architect. Credit: SAIA

Entries were required to demonstrate sound sustainable practices that respond to innovative architectural and design thinking in the field of sustainability, that complied to the criteria of harmonisation, people upliftment, evolutionary paradigm and placemaking performance.

Spanning across four categories – Sustainable Architecture, Research in Sustainability, Sustainable Products and Technology, and Sustainable Social Programmes – the shortlisted projects were selected following a rigorous screening process which included assessments and on-site inspections by a six-member adjudication panel.

The adjudication panel includes Maryke Cronje (SAIA 2018 president), Dr Sechaba Maape (sustainability architecture academic and architect), Philippa Tumubweinee (academic and co-founder of IZUBA INafrica Architects), Niraksha Singh (AfriSam Raw Materials and Sustainability Manager), Dr Emmanuel Nkambule (academic with particular interest in the social environment) and Richard Stretton (founder of architecture and furniture design studio Koop Design).

“We live in a very rapidly transforming world, and this has become evident through the evolution of entries received in the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation over the past decade. In 2009 when the award program was conceived, sustainability still seemed like an architectural style. Today, no development can happen without it,” said Cronje.

The biennial award reflects AfriSam’s drive towards reducing the carbon footprint of building and manufacturing of concrete materials and providing innovative solutions in architectural design that are less harmful to the environment, and which help conserve natural resources for future generations.

“Now in its 10th year, we are excited about how the Award recognises individuals, teams and projects that push the boundaries of what is possible in the sustainable built environment whilst at the same time making it part of our everyday lives and accessible to all,” said Richard Tomes, AfriSam executive, cement sales and marketing.

The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation will form part of a prestigious gala event on 26 October 2018 at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).

The shortlisted projects in each of the categories are as follows:

Category A – Sustainable Architecture:

  • Northcliff House by Architecture for a Change (A4aC);
  • Khayelitsha Shared Services Office Building by ACG Architects and Development Planners/ Ngonyama Okpanum Associates;
  • House Burnett Prinsloo by Robert de Jager Architects;
  • Fulham Heights by Local Studio;
  • House Gardiner by Simply Sustainable;
  • RBDIZ Entrance Gate by Jeremy Steere Architect; and
  • Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre by Lewis Levin Architects.

Category B – Research in Sustainability:

  • A framework for a green infrastructure planning approach in the Gauteng City-Region by Gauteng City-Region Observatory.

Category C – Sustainable Products & Technology:

  • Rambrick by Use It Waste Beneficiation (RF) NPC; and
  • hearScreen by hearX Group.

Category D – Sustainable Social Programmes:

  • Malawi Church by A4aC Architects;
  • Silindokuhle Preschool by Collectif saga;
  • The Wilds – revitalising a forgotten public space by James Delaney; and
  • Table House by Noero Architects and Rainer Hehl.