This week on Win A Home, Cindy and property expert Simon visit eco-friendly, architecturally impactful homes across the country. Meanwhile, Maps checks up on our multimillion rand dream home – the one you could stand a chance to win – before going in search of a talented sculptor.
Wait, there’s drama too – our fab four aspiring designers are matched with their mentors as well as an elements-themed apartment in Steyn City.
Sustainable living is a major global trend, and was critical to the design of Steyn City. Wherever they could, the architects and designers involved in the estate chose to save energy and resources.
One of the ways in which the estate is giving back to the environment is by planting thousands of indigenous trees like the Olea Africana or Wild Olive. These trees clean the air, provide oxygen, limit soil erosion and when grown up, provide a home for wild life.
Another impressive feature of the estate is the Clubhouse which was designed to completely blend into the environment.
Tucked below the ground level and with a completely planted green roof the building is almost totally invisible when approaching it from behind.
The new clubhouse fulfils the requirements of a sustainable building, due to a minimal environmental
impact and also for being a source of employment for the local communities of Diepsloot and Cosmo
City. The clubhouse façade of gabion walls will be built with blasted rock salvaged from the site during
the bulk earthworks phase. Local people have been employed to lend their skill and instil a rustic touch to
the building, from the gathering and sorting of the granite rock through to the actual building of the gabion
Mirroring the gorgeous curves Clubhouse Steyn City’s concrete skate park, designed by famous American pro-skater Geth Noble, is pretty impressive too and was the source inspiration behind our commissioned sculpture for our grand prize apartment.
The sculpture is being created by two talented young artists, Bongani Dlamini and Ncedani Fobo, who recently won second place in the PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Award. The sculptors used the pick axe as a powerful symbol to challenge perceptions about manual labour.