Sustainable by design 2050

An initiative of the UIA

Velux model home 2020




Gugulethu Central Meat Market

Gugulethu Central Meat Market
Gugulethu Central Meat Market
Gugulethu Central Meat Market
Gugulethu Central Meat Market
Gugulethu Central Meat Market
Gugulethu Central Meat Market
Gugulethu Central Meat Market
CS Studio Architects
Structural Engineer: Karl Hvidstein, Electrical Engineer: Jim Kidger, Project Manager: PG Design
Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Climate Zone
Design status
Date of completion
Site area (m²)
Footprint (m²)
GFA (m²)
Building Costs
170000 EUR
Building Costs / m² GFA
Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, others
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

Simple steel pipe sections were used to create the undulating roof structure.

Key Sustainability aspects
vernacular building strategies, accessability for disabled, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, low cost design, use of innovative design tools
Sustainability rated
Social and ethical responsibility

The Central meat Market site is located in Section 3, Gugulethu, and is surrounded by hostels and informal shelters. The site forms a central gathering point and is an important public space. The site is rectangular and surrounded by roads on all sides. The site is 1 466m2 on ERF no 7746. The executive committee, consisting of one man and six women, played an extremely important role in making the project succeed.

Ressource efficiency and environmental impact

The traders requested an L - shaped building which would form a boundary wall on the south and west sides, cutting off the prevailing winds. This thickened "wall" accommodates the spaza shops, public toilets, offices, etc. The north and east sides of the market are open while the roof covers the whole trading area. In order to keep running costs down natural lighting and ventilation is relied upon.

Economic lifecycle perfomance

Roller shutter doors are used to shut the market at night. Stainless steel tables, sinks and indoor fire places allow for braaing under the roof. The roof, resembling a giant wave, provides a pleasant and iconic shelter. At night when the roof is lit up, it creates the impression that it floats, allowing all the ‘informal' market and "african restaurant" activity to take place beneath it. This adds to a positive and vibrant urban space. The market has created economic growth in the area.

Contextual performance and impact

The market has allowed for a traditional African market to develop and provide a resource for the local residents which, in the past, had to sit in the rain and the hot sun. Many small bussinesses have resulted.