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Mavela Game Lodge

A luxury, all inclusive tented lodge in the heart of the Big Five Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal

THE ZULULAND RHINO RESERVE

The Zululand Rhino Reserve is a 23,000 hectare Big Five private game reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Established in 2004, the Zululand Rhino Reserve comprises of 17 private landowners who dropped their internal fences to form a 23 000 hectare private game reserve.

The reserve falls under the Mkuze Valley Lowveld which includes a variety of vegetation types, ranging from open savannah thornveld to riverine woodland, characterized by acacias and marula tree species. The diversity in habitats allows the reserve to support numerous wildlife species while also attracting an immense variety of birdlife. Today the reserve is home to over 70 mammal species including healthy populations of giraffe, kudu, nyala, wildebeest, zebra and of course the big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant & rhino).

Shortly after its establishment, the Zululand Rhino Reserve was chosen as a release site by the WWF Rhino Range Expansion Project. In 2005 the first rhino were released onto the property. Since then, the Zululand Rhino Reserve has set up a rhino management program which monitors and protects the reserves rhino populations.

Conceptual Intent:

Celebrate and enhance the natural landscape and the wild life that dependent on natural vegetation.

Brief:

Transform an existing hunting lodge into a bird viewing lodge.

Response:

The site offered many existing building footprints and facilities which was an obvious generator for the positioning of the main lodge and tent structures. While budget was a concern, the client was set on shifting the genius loci from the hunting experience to a celebratory experience. The roof structure itself was conceptualised to have creature like qualities, hiding within the trees.

The design offered intentional rigid lines and forced circulation routes as a representation of the human intervention, thus celebrating the natural surrounding context through the juxtaposed synergies between the man-made and naturally created landscapes. The design was therefore all about the views and the detail that lead your eye out to them. The materials used where to highlight the inconsistencies found in nature through either extending the divide

through hard edges or simply soften the edges through natural material selections.

The thatch roof however, in its organic form was the main element to celebrate the transformation of the place. Housing all the communal functions of the lodge, it is the central hub of activity and the place you constantly return to during your stay at the lodge.

MAVELA GAME LODGE

A luxury, all inclusive tented lodge in the heart of the Big Five Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal

  • Company name: LARGEarchitecture.cc
  • Project name: MAVELA GAME LODGE
  • Project size: +- 500sqm
  • Project date: 2012-2013
  • Project location: Mkuze, Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal (-27.713993, 32.017617)
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  • Project type: GAME LODGE
  • ArchiCAD Project type: ArchiCAD solo project. BIMx for presentation purposes.
  • ArchiCAD version started: ARCHICAD 15
  • ArchiCAD version ended: ARCHICAD 16
  • How many people worked on project: 1. shawnBhopkins (Architect) 2. Ayanda Mnguni (Technician)

What other software was involved in developing this project in your office?:

Goodnotes on IPAD, Omnioutliner, autocad, prokon. xls.

What ArchiCAD tools were used to design your project?:

Mesh for site, Roof & beams for the roof structure, Cad Image door+window Interactive schedules, sketch render.

What other software was involved in developing this project in your office?:

Goodnotes on IPAD, Omnioutliner, autocad, prokon.

What would you change or do better next time?:

Through the use of building material attributes, BimRecipe solution, bim window solution,

BimBakery.co tools, we would offer our client greater control beyond just the 3D views.

Read the Case Study here