A solution to low-cost housing
Prototype settlement in Khayelitsha
Location: Khayelitsha, South Africa
Client: Khayelitsha local community
Program: Scalable and market driven prototype development for low-cost housing for a 45 household site
Creating decent living standards and ensuring a ‘right to the city’ is one of the declared goals within the United Nation’s SDG agenda. In many places, development is far from reaching that point. While there have been numerous attempts to create prototypes for decent, partially self built housing, many have remained limited to a single realization. A big reason is, that most models have not been developed with the market in mind. Cost of building materials, knowledge available and a lack of scalability of the approach have prevented their success.
The model developed for the Khayelitsha community takes this into consideration. The future overall structure of the neighbourhood has been established with the local residents in a continuous consultation and involvement process. The building prototype developed has been developed together with local construction experts and construction companies to ensure it can be delivered and also used in other locations.
The new house has a number of characteristics that keep cost low and allow owners to potentially create income for its owners:
+ the two floors with external staircase allow to sub-let parts of the house
+ a multi-storey building makes better use of the site, reducing ground costs and allowing for the stacking of utilities
+ the house comes without walls, allowing gradual build out and incremental improvement
+ houses can be built back to back and side by side, allowing for high density development and eventual savings in the building process
Currently, a prototype is in the process of realization to test assumptions and further refine it.
2018 local consultations and land use layout
2019 – prototype development
MLA +: Markus Appenzeller, Azraa Rawoot
People’s Environmental Planning (Cape Town), Khayelitsha Community, Dutch Consulate in South Africa, Jo Noero Architects, Hands of Honour
The project was made possible with a grant of the Dutch Creative Industries Fund