Candice Mostert from WASTE-ED took Cobute around the site in Delft, where City of Cape Town is building an Early Childhood Development Unit, using alternative technologies. The Delft Early Childhood Development (ECD) project was designed by the City of Cape Town to provide a safe play and developmental centre for toddlers in Delft.

The overall project sees three rectangular buildings that cover a full city block, using rammed earth tyre construction for the outside walls and foundations. The buildings have been steel framed and filled in with tyres on each short end, while the walls have been filled with compressed mud bricks, ecobricks, cob, tyres and glass bottles, with playful designs. The north-facing buildings’ passive design and the thermal capacity of the tyre and mud brick walls create an inside environment with a well-regulated temperature; solar panels will be installed on the roof too. 

The subcontractor for the project Natural Building Collective, co-adjuvated by Mateo Paneitz from LOS TÉCNICOS and other experienced companies. The EcoBrick Exchange with the assistance of Candice Mostert from Waste-ED have been gathering materials while doing community outreach and clean ups.

The structure and the materials on this project reflect the desire to start doing things differently in an industry that is as polluting as the building one.

Lumka, the Head Teacher from Masikhululeke Educare Centre in Joe Slovo came with us to see how the bottles have been used to contribute to an environmental beauty.

Adriano Angelucci, Cobute's Director and Lumka, the Head Teacher from Masikhululeke Educare Centre in Joe Slovo.


Would you like to start making Eco Bricks and help us reach of 2000 bottles to build the walls of the storage space for Masikhululeke Educare Centre?