A bakery for the Emtongeni Community Centre in Zandspruit, Johannesburg
Involving and empowering the community of Zandspruit
The project was done in association with Bread Companions and Sesego Cares for the Emtongeni Community Center in Zandspruit. The aim of the project was to empower community members with a business opportunity by providing them with a sustainable bakery.
In order to educate the community on alternative construction methods and to create a greater sense of ownership, the Zandspruit community was involved in the construction process. A bottle brick wall was therefore incorporated into the design, also acting as a security device. Community members were responsible for the collection of bottles and the production of the bottle bricks.
Within a very limited budget, the building was designed from lightweight materials based on the principals of enhanced natural light and ventilation.