Safmarine Sports Centre


Location: Piketberg, South Africa
Program: Community sports center
Client: Safmarine Shipping
Area: 60sqm


Located in Piketberg, 120 kilometers outside of Cape Town, the Sport Centre serves one hundred children who belong to the “Stars in their Eyes” program - a project run jointly by a Dutch company and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape, where each participating disadvantaged community is twinned with a Dutch football club to train local coaches with football techniques and life skills. In order to fully benefit the disadvantaged communities, the design has three main elements to maximize its use:

Grandstand Seating: this is the social area for people to congregate and meet to watch a game.

A Sheltering Roof: the floating roof helps to shade the spectators, as well as insulating the container from harsh sunlight. The gap in between the roof and the container allows cross ventilation and reduces heat buildup.

Vertical Wall: this is an extension of the roof structure that folds down vertically on the one side. This can be used as an advertising billboard or as movie screen to generate income for the sport centre.

The project won an Award of Architecture from the Cape Institute of Architecture in 2011, and was nominated as one of the 8 finalists for the Afrisam Award for Sustainable Architecture. Click here to see a video about the project.


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