The Vissershok Container Classroom, sponsored by three SA companies- Woolworths, Safmarine and AfriSam, is a 12m recycled container converted into an independent classroom for 25 Grade R (age 5-6) pupils. Located in the picturesque Durbanville wine valley, Vissershok Primary School is a rural school where most pupils are children of farm workers and underprivileged communities living in nearby Du Noon Township.
Built with limited means and budget, the final product maximized the space as it incorporated the four following elements:
Learning Area- The container serves as a classroom in the morning for Grade R students and a small library in the afternoon for the entire Vissershok Primary School. The large roof shelters the container from direct sunlight while the gap reduces heat gain. Cross ventilation is achieved through a series of colorful windows located on each side of the container.
Gathering Area- Stepped seating extends the patio, offering a space for children to eat lunch and socialize, while also acting as an amphitheater for school assemblies.
Play Area- like a pair of outstretched arms, the play area has steel frames that extend outwards supporting the play equipment.
Growing Area- Once it grows, a green wall will act as a vertical vegetable garden that shelters the play area from the prevailing southeast winds. A large area adjacent to the container classroom was transformed into a vegetable garden. Besides serving as an educational tool for the kids, the garden will also allow the school to have fresh produce to add to their feeding program.
The project won a silver metal at the Loerie Awards under the architecture category in 2013.