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Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
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Darren Sampson’s innovation and technical skill resulted in his award at the University of Johannesburg regional event
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development
A heritage portal created on the ruins of Westfort, a fort originally protecting the west of Pretoria, wins the University of Pretoria regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award.
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Mario van Wyk to represent Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year event
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Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
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Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
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The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
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Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
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Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
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Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
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Corobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
Traditional mud brick rondavels can be easily and affordably upgraded to increase thermal efficiency and aesthetics with the addition of a face brick “skin”.
Architect and lecturer, Mthembeni Mkhize, has been researching methods to improve on the traditional Nguni housing structure for the past few decades.
“I visited Okhahlambeni area, Maphumulo, as a baby and then later in life,” explained Mkhize, recalling the area that ignited his architectural passion and initial introduction to rondavels. “I wanted to contribute to improving the quality of life of the people living there.”
Mkhize spent the next few years of his life researching various traditional housing structures across the globe, visiting places such as Egypt and the United States of America.
“In 1994 I visited Arcosanti in Arizona, USA, where there is an urban design experimental project in the mountains done by architect, Paolo Soleri,” said Mkhize. “I focused on the innovation of the design and environmental accountability,” he said, explaining that improved thermal designs decrease the need for electricity, particularly pertinent in modern South Africa.
Mkhize also found time to write research documents during this time including ‘Pre-Colonial Nguni Settlement’ which looks at the movement of people to high concentration areas such as the cities.
“What I want to do is create a design that attracts people to where they are living.”
This prompted the development of Mkhize’s latest project, The Meseni Zulu Homestead Laboratory Lessons for Cities, which seeks to improve the longevity of the mud rondavel by adding a brick “jacket” to the outer side.
The project involved the construction of seven “show” rondavels in the mountain area of Maphumulo, with the outer brick layer of 2 000 of Corobrik’s clay face bricks added to each rondavel of the homestead.
Corobrik contributed further by providing training in basic bricklaying for 12 candidates selected by the local community, providing them with an invaluable skill which will allow them to build in the area they reside.
The weeklong course, which was headed by Corobrik Building Training Co-ordinator, Derek Dimba, was done on site, with each trainee being educated in basic bricklaying and then moving on to build a complete rondavel. Every trainee also received a certificate and complimentary set of bricklaying tools consisting of a trowel, spirit level, builder’s line and tape measure.
Mkhize said this training was providing lifelong skills that could only benefit the greater community.
Commenting on the brick choice, Mkhize said: “I opted to use Corobrik’s range of Burnt Apricot face brick for the single layer of ‘skin’ to cover the mud brick construction.”
Corobrik’s Allin Dangers said Mkhize had made the right selection in Corobrik’s face brick range.
“We are really proud to be a part of this exciting initiative. The outer layer of clay face brick is an innovative yet complementary application in the context of a traditional building concept.”
“The skin of face brick is set to further enhance thermal comfort, safety and security, also contributing to that important sense of status that comes with owning a clay face brick home.”
He said the Burnt Apricot face brick fitted the project in terms of affordability, colour and texture and the required durability to ensure a long lifecycle.
“It so happens this clay brickwork offers all the fire resistance qualities that are particularly important in rural landscape settings and rondavel dwellings where open fires are often used for warmth and cooking,” said Dangers.
Mkhize said one of problems with the traditional mud bricks was that they lacked sustainability.
“After the rainy season, the lower layer of the wall gets very muddy and each year, usually in December before Christmas when family is arriving, the community paints the rondavel again. This becomes very expensive.”
He said the face brick skin would protect the rondavel from the constant weathering and also negated the need for cement plastering and paint which was not only costly, but lacked longevity.
“The clay bricks were selected because they are affordable and the high thermal mass helps keep the inside of these homes cool in summer and warm in winter.
“This has particular value in the rural areas, similar to Maphumulo, which have extreme fluctuations in temperature through the seasons.”
This house construction type will contribute to the lowering of energy demands on the national grid and boost power generation, helping the government to meet its electricity needs for future housing programmes.
The addition of a wood and coal stove in the centre of the rondavel added to the thermal efficiency, allowing for the cooking of food, heating of the home in winter and promoting a central focal point for the family.
“The stove has a chimney taking the fumes out the rondavel which means no chance of suffocation. It also lowers the risk of fire.”
Another important benefit of this construction method is sense of pride that comes with living in a traditional building that has been enhanced with a face brick finish.
“The homes are set to meet the aspirations of the prospective homeowners to live in aesthetically pleasing houses which are built using quality materials that lend dignity and provide a sense of home,” he said.
The face brick layer is easily constructed and attached to the mud bricks using a wire mesh bond.
The show rondavels will be on display for educational and research initiatives or for government or private enterprises to visit for potential investment opportunities. There is also the possibility of the project becoming a tourist attraction in line with the Western Cape’s Babylonstoren which showcases the original Huguenot dwellings.
However, Mkhize said at the heart of the project is his true passion as an architect, which is to provide people with something of which they can be proud.
“As architects we look to create a product that will influence society at large, that can be used by millions of people and that improve the quality of life.”