Emantini Seed Bank
In one of quirkiest projects of the year, Dewald Veldsman has been working on a Seed Bank in Swaziland. Emantini Botanical Seedbank aims to safeguard the genetic diversity of Southern Africa`s plethora of indigenous trees. The total construction cost was less than R500 000 (excluding mechanical & laboratory equipment, furniture & earthworks).
The popularisation of plant-genetic conservation are the quintessence of the client`s convictions. Emantini Botanical Seedbank aims to safeguard the plethora of Southern Africa`s of indigenous Flora. The client wanted a beautiful, small, inexpensive but iconic building that had to inspire and encourage people interested in the field. All construction information and site documentation should be made public except the clients name & personal detail. An extra tight budget was specifically required to enable & encourage other interested parties, to build the same. The total building footprint is 120sqm and consists of two refrigerated storage facilities, a laboratory, amenities and a courtyard space designed to host functions. The function space facilitates further strategic promotion of conservation efforts. The project forms part of a larger complex that includes nurseries, a botanical garden & game reserve. It is located on an appropriated chicken farm and constructed in an old gravel quarry, huddled in-between two converging ravines, running through a cluster of indigenous woodland.