Building the future from the remnants of the past
From the brickwork, timber and rubble to the metal pipework, every element has been considered. The original building was taken down brick by brick to retain as much as possible.
Simon Cretney of Alive Architecture sums it up, "We salvaged all the bricks, all the wood including the timber from the roof, and all the timber that was used from the ground to the first floor. We are talking huge beams here – 400 mm deep, 120 mm wide, 6.7 m long. Lovely Yellowwood stuff. We also salvaged all the floorboards, the pressed steel ceilings and the corrugated metal on the roof.”
If the refurbishment is awarded 6-star status, it will be the first of its kind in South Africa. The Green Building Council defines such a status as 'world leadership' in sustainability. The objectives of Green Star SA tools are to establish a common language and standard of measurement for green buildings, promote integrated, whole-building design, raise awareness of the benefits of green building, recognise environmental leadership and reduce the environmental impact of development.