The Lufhereng project is a colloquial of everyday living in sustainable and low cost architecture. It is perhaps the synonym for a deeper understanding in human dignity, human spirit and the power of design towards venerating and exalting personal spatial disposition in low cost architecture. The architects Deckler and Graupner from 26’10 South sort to conceive an urban cultivation of seamless services and daily living in simple, affordable yet normative principles of design that seeks to guide the future and development of the area around West of Soweto.
From the Architects
The Lufhereng Greenfields Project functions as an extension to the west of Soweto and is conceived as a residential area in which low, medium and high density housing is integrated with urban agriculture, transportation as well as social and commercial facilities. The initial brief required a move away from the typical township landscape towards a more socially and economically sustainable environment.
Firmly locked into a RDP¹ / BNG² brief as well as severe geological constraints, it took six years to realise 1 200 subsidised houses out of a proposed 25 000 unit development.
Our practice was involved from the inception of the project in 2004 drafting the Spatial Development Framework for the entire area as well as Urban Design Frameworks for the first phase. The houses depart from the RDP norm in order to provide a greater variety and a better animation and surveillance of the street supported by thresholds in the form of verandas.
Subsidised, lower-bonded and bonded housing (denoted by different roof colours on the model images) are mixed in order to avoid economic ghettos. Architectural and urban design guidelines have been drawn up in order to guide the future development of the area.
These principles are concerned with engendering better community surveillance and to allow for growth and economic development along certain activity streets defined by row housing and flexible live-work units.