Ganigobes Training Lodge

Environmental Education Centre

 

Ganigobes Training Lodge

Environmental Education Centre

 

Ganigobes Training Lodge

Environmental Education Centre

 

Ganigobes Training Lodge

Environmental Education Centre

 

Ganigobes Traning Lodge

Environmental Education Centre

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Enviromental Lodge - Munting Rechholtz Architects

Environmental Education Centre

The architect was instructed by the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, to conduct a feasibility study on the development of an existing redundant school facility at Ganigobes, near Tses, in the Karas region into a training lodge and environmental education centre. The site is next to the Fish River with a view over the Brukkaros mountains. There is a natural hot water spring on the premises, which is not developed to its full tourist potential. The site has massive potential for further development as a tourist venue, close to the main B1 highway, en route to Windhoek in a pristine and unique natural environment.

A Youth Environmental Education Centre for primary and high school groups is envisaged, as well as a working lodge where adults receive training in the hospitality and tourism industry. The environmental school facilities include renovations to existing classrooms and the hall, new kitchen and dining facilities, a new library and an open-air classroom as well as upgraded accommodation for students and staff. The lodge comprises a reception and cultural display area, a restaurant, camping terraces and self-catering units.

Enviromental Lodge - Munting Rechholtz Architects
Enviromental Lodge - Munting Rechholtz Architects

The architects’ design for the lodge complex emulates the local building culture of the indigenous Nama people and their response to the fragile desert environment. The concept of the demountable Nama hut made from found materials is to be developed to create appropriately scaled buildings that form a small village that accommodates the full brief. The buildings will blend into their natural surroundings by the use of contextual materials such as rusted metal sheeting, wooden pole fences, and local stone found on site. The aim is to ensure the buildings tread lightly on the land and fragile natural environment by being largely demountable, whilst ensuring thermal efficiency and careful, conscious utilisation of natural resources.

The project design is still in conceptual stage and will be more fully developed with regards to the specifics of finding appropriate sustainable solutions to natural resource utilisation. The aim is to maximise potential for the lodge to be fully functional and self-sustaining as an off-grid, environmentally responsive project.

Project Details

Location

Ganigobis near Tses, Karas Region, Namibia

Client Name

Department of Works & Transport Namibia

User Name

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Services

Quantity Surveyor

Buhr · Fouché & Associates

Structural Engineer

Le Roux Consulting Engineers

ME Engineer

Lood de Jager Consulting Engineering

Project Status

Feasibility Study Complete

Enviromental Lodge - Munting Rechholtz Architects