Architecture Fabrik

Architecture Fabrik

Residential Typologies

This project aimed at formalising housing in an area that housed approximately 40,000 people in semi-formal and informal structures. The poor road network presented a  problem for the local authorities as there was no vehicular access for emergency, policing or refuse collection purposes. 

By designing some basic typologies on a theoretical land parcel, it was calculated that a thousand people (housed in 250 units) could be accommodated in a about six thousand square metres, using a medium density model. At R500,000 per unit, it would cost R125 million for the top structures alone. With available budgets, one of these blocks could be built per year to accommodate a thousand people in formal housing. But what about the other thirty-nine thousand people?

This led us to move away from an architectural mindset towards a strategy to influence a built environment geared to support economic, social, and environmental well-being, where everyone would benefit, not just a select few. The City of Cape Town has done large amounts of research and pilot studies on similar topics. Based on this research, a ring road was planned using the re-blocking methodology. The ring road will provide access for service vehicles, lighting, and wash houses in key locations. This strategy aimed to impact the lives of all residents incrementally. 

Location: KZN
Main Consultant: Royal Haskoning DHV