Architecture for Social Gain

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Construction company, Saint-Gobain, has partnered with Adopt-a-School Foundation to implement special education-focused campaigns in celebration of their 350th anniversary.

In addition to infrastructure development for three schools on the outskirts of Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, the main element of the celebrations include The Architecture for Social Gain Awards. This competition aimed to recognise and reward local talent in the design of educational spaces.

One of the categories allowed for architects to design a proposal for an adopted school. Motshegofadiwa Primary School in Hammanskraal, Gauteng, is the school selected to benefit from the category winner, Kate Otten Architects. The winning entry involved a strategic intervention to upgrade the existing school facilities. It involves the adaptive re-modelling of an existing carport into a temporary administration facility which will free up a much needed classroom. It also includes the installation of gutters and rainwater tanks, provision of access to running water to the existing ablution facilities, the planting of an orchard and a sustainable vegetable garden. The proposal includes opportunity for skills development and a further 6 phases of proposed interventions to upgrade the entire school.   Phase one will be built in partnership with Adopt-a-School Foundation, Kate Otten Architects and Saint Gobain in 2016.

View the winning entry here.

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