Together with Studio Lucca

The brief called for one contractor to construct ten classrooms spread over four schools in Khayelitsha.

One school received one classroom which was designed as an extension of an existing building.

The remaining three schools were each allocated three classrooms. For these three schools we designed a typical classroom block which standardized the detailing and facilitated construction across the sites.

Variation to the typical classroom block was introduced as required to suit each school. The classrooms at Yomelela Primary needed to be slightly larger than the other schools as they are Foundation Phase classrooms. These classrooms were lengthened to provide the required larger classroom area, but the building section dimensions and therefore the detailing did not change. Screen walls have decorative plaster figures which are painted in colours to tie in with each school.

In all cases, the classroom block was placed in relation to the existing school buildings to create a court space. The new and existing buildings are linked by covered walkways which also serve to enforce the court space.

There was no budget for landscaping so we contacted Trees-4-Schools and together with the learners planted indigenous trees in the court spaces for much needed shading in the Khayelitsha environment.



User Client

Western Cape Education Department

Completion Date

September 2011

Quantity Surveyors

MLC Quantity Surveyors

Structural Engineers

Adema Structural Consultancy cc

Electrical Engineers

Nkuthalo Wouter Engelbrecht (Pty) Ltd

Occupational Health & Safety

Engelbrecht and Associates Risk Control cc


Applewood Trading 83 assisted by Peninsula Construction