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Nelson Mandela University

GP GREYVENSTEIN

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Congratulations to our 2019 Student Architecture Award winner + R70 000 cash prize!

Entitled ‘The Design of a Merino Wool Processing Facility in Barkly East, Eastern Cape’, Greyvenstein’s thesis focuses on a sustainable factory as a rural regenerative system. The subject was sparked by the concerning state of the rural Eastern Cape, where high-impact programmes are needed to boost agrarian reform to revive dying small towns. The project revisits the typical exclusive factory type to create an inclusive space where the community is involved and celebrated.

The building is constructed using materials of the region, local clay bricks and a lanolin-treated timber structure, methods familiar to local craftsman and builders. The building takes inspiration from the cultural, immediate township scale and mountainous context to generate a unique architecture responding to the harsh climate of the highlands of South Africa.

Congratulations to our 2019 Student Architecture Award winner + R70 000 cash prize!