Newly-constructed Constantia school hall is a first for South Africa

The elegant creation of the Constantia Waldorf School’s dance and primary school hall perfectly displays the incredibly diverse nature of Corobrik’s clay face brick – where a simple solid building block can be artfully constructed into a seemingly flowing structure, cleverly mirroring form with function and mood.

For the development of this Western Cape hall – 60 000 of Corobrik’s Cape Blend Travertine were selected for a seamless transition with the surrounding buildings, as well to soften the overall feeling of the structure. This gentle appearance was further enhanced by the use of white cement in between each brick.

“The clever use of Corobrik’s clay face brick in this really intricately designed school hall is a great visual representation of the brick’s versatile nature,” said Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik’s Western Cape manager. “Aesthetically, it actually depicts the dance movement which the hall will be used for, but the choice of clay face brick goes even further than that. Acoustically, the noise insulation properties of clay will work with the building’s design to create a fantastic musical venue, while the insulated foundations and sub-walls with the thermal insulation properties of the bricks will keep these young performers warm in the Cape winters and cool during the summer months.”

The 250sqm building, which took nine months to construct, was designed by Cape Town-based firm, Natural Architecture, with a view to create a school hall that eloquently expresses the Waldorf School ethos of nurturing creativity, individuality and originality.

“It was important to me that the dynamic forms of dance hall embody the same sense of movement as that of the dancers, like a flowing sculptural garment,” explained architect Keith Struthers from Natural Architecture. “The undulating brick lines and meandering surfaces are ideal for expressing this sense of lively movement. The back wall, for example, changes from being a single curved surface into doubly curved surface while the brick coursing gradually moves from horizontal to arching as the wall becomes more sculptural.”

The bricks are used in a completely unique way to conventional practice and are a first, leading to sculptural brick work never before seen. The brick coursing consistently deviates from the horizontal, waving up and down and simultaneously off vertical in places to match the curving roof profiles and elsewhere to match the helix beam carrying the floating roof. Here each brick course is in the pattern of a helix, allowing for the warping of surfaces in certain places, with single and double curves in other areas. This particular design required unique templates and bricklaying techniques to achieve this elevated level of brick craftsmanship. The twisting wooden door is, itself, a warped surface built into this plane of undulating walls.

Every aspect of this intricate brickwork was generated from numerous 3D computer drawings with each inch of the hall carefully calculated. On-site workers had to meticulously cut hundreds of bricks individually – positioning the brick in place, marking it, cutting it and then building it in. This required accurate cutting of every brick, with some being feathered into wedge shapes to work around horizontal plinths or columns.

To complete the school hall, 16 000 of Corobrik’s Meadow pavers were used on the building’s exterior, breaking up the vertical proportion of the walls while adding a decorative line. This visually supports the eye, allowing identification of the flow of surfaces above and below the corbel. The pavers’ slightly deeper shade also added variation to the wall surfaces.

“The clay paving works really well against the face brick, enhancing the aesthetics while also bringing a number of associated benefits,” concluded Corobrik’s Van Niekerk. “The visual aspect will remain for years because of the colour fastness and there is improved safety for children walking along the pavement because of the skid-resistant quality, even in wet weather.”

Caption:  Corobrik’s Cape Blend Travertine face brick has been used to build the Constantia Waldorf School’s dance and primary school hall.  The attractive building has undulating brick lines and meandering surfaces.

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Red@Beau Constantia

RED @ BEAU is a dedicated event to launch the Reddam Sports Foundation; A foundation that is committed to giving deserving students the opportunity to attend Reddam House – a fitting sentiment in that Reddam is Latin for “give back”.

In order to raise funds for the Reddam Sports Foundation, we have lined up two of the hottest acts in South Africa: LOCNVILLE and Freshlyground, to perform at Beau Constantia.

Our dress code for the day is strictly casual, with a splash of red…

If you are going to join us for RED @ BEAU, please remember the following:
• Cash, should you wish to purchase something from our Food Trucks, or drinks from our bar setups
• Blankets, as it can get chilly at night

** Please note; in the interest of responsible alcohol use and your own safety, we encourage you to make use of an UBER or taxi, rather than driving through. The estate will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic on the day, with limited parking available at Constantia Nek.

Tickets are available from Webtickets at R350.00 for pupils and R500.00 for adults.

Date: 24 February 2018

Time:  5 PM – 10 PM

Venue: Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Constantia.

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Constantia Waldorf Fair

The Constantia Waldorf Fair is back and, as always, promises to be a fun-filled day packed with activities, entertainment, food stalls and delicious things to drink.

 

The fair begins at 10am, with a parade by all the school children at 10.30am, followed by the traditional maypole dance at 11am. Other entertainment comes in the form of a stilt walker, jugglers and magicians, and live music performances (by students and other artists including Chloe Spreckley, Rosie Bruce of the Cameron Bruce Collective, and DJ Simon on the main stage).

FAMILY FUN

Kids’ activities include candle-dipping, a matchbox castle, a kids’ market, dunk-the-teacher, a haunted house, Jeepers Creepers, afoofie slide, slacklining, face-painting, fishy fishy, dart tombola, henna tattoos, giant foosball, an apple orchard, pillow fights, sumo wrestling, table tennis, a pool table, and knife throwing.

BRING A BLANKET TO CHILL ON

This year’s fair takes place in and around the primary school, with the many trees providing ample shade. So bring a picnic blanket, find a spot to chill, and enjoy the live music and delicious food and drinks on offer, which include pancakes, samosas, boerewors rolls, burgers, quiche and salad, curry and rice, and much more.

And, if all the excitement tires you out, there’s a chill lounge where you can relax and listen to music, or browse the secondhand book sale, art exhibition, and arts and craft market. There’s even talk of a snake show…

CASH ONLY

The fair operates on a cash-only payment system, so be sure to bring enough with you!

Date: 24 February 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Constantia Waldorf School, Spanschemat Road ,Constantia, Cape Town
This post is sponsored by Chas Everitt Cape Town South