Summary of Geoplast residential projects in South Africa
Geoplast’s solutions have been chosen many times for residential projects in South Africa. Our products have proved to be a warranty for the development of modern and eco-friendly buildings, always up on new construction methods. Our solutions offer many advantages, that any other traditional method cannot offer. That’s the reason why they were selected so many times and are still an excellent and high-performance choice for any type of project.
The following is a list of the latest luxury residential developments in South Africa to which Geoplast’s solutions contributed:
1. The foundations of Acorns luxury homes in Bloemfontein, naturally ventilated with Modulo
Acorns Residential Development is a new townhouse complex located in prestigious Somerton, in northern Bloemfontein. Designed with a contemporary, green and refined vision by Architect Johan Naude, Acorns is a sectional title development consisting of 11 free standing two-story homes, which mix luxury and energy efficiency. Geoplast Modulo, permanent crawl space formwork, favored modular construction at Acorns. According to green building efficiency, Modulo was chosen as it offers a total protection from humidity and a natural ventilation while guaranteeing fast installation and high structural performance.
2. Geopanel for the building of hemp walls in Baardskeerdersbos, South Africa
Geopanel is the reusable formwork system in ABS technopolymer for walls by Geoplast. Thanks to its versatility, it can be used not only with concrete but also with a large variety of eco-friendly materials, such as rammed earth (with 6% lime) or hemp, thus allowing substantial timber and time savings. In this project in Baardskeerdersbos (locally known as B’bos), a village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, Geopanel peculiarities have proven to be decisive. The prominent Eco Architect Oliver Wolf has chosen this Geoplast innovative solution for the creation of hemp walls, a material that has innovative insulating properties. Here, all the walls were entirely made with hempcrete, without any concrete. Geopanel minimized the use of plywood and timber shutters while guaranteeing great results and the on-site waste reduction.
3. Geoplast Modulo and Geopanel for a new residential development in Namibia
Geoplast Modulo and Geopanel were chosen to build a residential development consisting of 22 single and double storey houses, in a new residential area in Namibia, called Elisenheim. The 22 housing development by Sahara Commodities was awarded to OJ Construction and covered a total area of about 4,236 m². Geoplast Modulo, the permanent crawl space formwork in 100% recycled polypropylene, favored modular construction at Elisenheim, while offering total protection from humidity and natural ventilation. Fast installation and high structural performance were also guaranteed. Geopanel formwork was used as shutters to foundations, to avoid the use of timber, thus reducing waste and operating costs. The panels are fully recyclable at end of their life cycle.
4. Modulo for St. John’s Penthouse: a luxury development in Cape Town, South Africa
St John’s Penthouse is a luxury development located on St John’s Road in Sea Point, in the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town. It consists of a series of two- and three-bedroom apartments and a Penthouse, which is the 17th Apartment that will have a unique design. For the Penthouse construction, engineers at Moroff & Khune chose Modulo H3, H6, H9, H13, H30 and H35 in order to meet the client’s request for a light and elevated surface, in respect to the existing flooring that reflected depth differences.After the concrete pouring, it was possible to continue to ensure the water flowing during rainfalls. In fact, cuts have been made in proximity of the edges to adress the outflow of water under Modulo. Our solution replaced conventional backfilling material without adding any weight to the existing structure; in fact, the lightness of the element was a critical element. In particular, the smaller solution Minimodulo was very useful in this project. In fact, the height range of the product permitted to intervene also with reduced thickness.
5. Drainroof for a new luxury residence in Bantry Bay, Cape Town
Drainroof, Geoplast’s high-performance green roof drainage board, was selected for a new luxury residence in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. Drainroof was installed by Landscape Art, Garden & Home Center and allowed to realize a 350 sqm roof garden. Our enviro-friendly solution offers a high rainwater disposal capability, avoiding stagnation and protecting the waterproofing layer. Drainroof high load capacity allows the creation of any type of garden, extensive light gardens and more usable intensive gardens. The panels of two different heights, 6 and 2.5 cm, allow the ventilated crawl space to grow and they also help to limit the coverage thickness.