A built environment isn’t something that is rolled out overnight. It develops and evolves with time. It responds to its context. It’s shaped by the people who use it every day. That’s why in conceptualising the architectural guidelines for Sibaya, we haven’t simply compiled a list of rules. We’ve captured what it is we believe this place could be through a sensitive approach to
architecture, and shared this understanding with others to be interpreted in the different developments.
From a technical perspective, we believe responding to the local climate and landscape is more important than conforming to a theme or style. As a general rule, we advocate the use of natural ventilation and lighting wherever possible, as well as including water-harvesting and energy saving features in buildings. In terms of aesthetic, buildings should be designed so that they are embedded in the landscape not in conflict with it. Natural or earth coloured materials are key to provide a seamless experience, and a nature-inspired colour palette has been chosen to complement this. This approach gives individuals and developers the freedom to create a range of built forms, all unified by a common feeling and approach.
Ultimately, we want this to be a place where buildings live in harmony with each other and the environment. They should also open up to embrace their environment rather than facing inwards to create insular experiences. It’s by designing spaces in this spirit that we can ensure that we don’t just create buildings, but a thriving community.