This is a concept proposal for the development of a 1 acre site in the mining town of Cullinan, about 50km from Pretoria. The development is to yield approximately 90 residential apartments comprised of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. In an effort to reduce costs and simplify construction, modular buildings in the form of 2 & 3 storey walk-up apartments blocks are utilised. Parking is provided with a ratio of 1:1 parking bays/ unit. Access to the site is on the south off Zonderwater Road.
The site is located in a predominantly residential area consisting of primarily single stand houses as well as a church within walking distance. The design approach focuses on maximising the sites natural features, vegetation and orientation, with a minimal environmental impact. The site layout is permeable with legible and logical movement patterns. A series of semi private courtyards in close proximity to the residential blocks improve the quality of the public realm. The majority of the residential blocks are ideally north oriented. The main parking areas, divide and create a buffer between the residential clusters.
The proposal envisions passive buildings for active people. In these buildings, one breathes a healthier air and living conditions are more interactive and friendly. Sustainability and low operational costs are a priority for the developer hence the extensive use of appliances utilising renewable energy sources were specified.