PPC Botswana’s Building Dreams competition has come to an end and the 4 million Pula house was given to a lucky Kgakgamatso Nthebolan, a young woman from central Botswana. The competition that ran for a year attracted over 24 000 entries from all over the country.
The PPC Dream house was conceptualised with the intention to provide a unique cement and concrete based house never before done in the Botswana market. The house sits on a plot just over 400 sq metres in size. The architectural design brief from PPC was to create a fully integrated contemporary family space.
The architect of the Building Dreams house, Mr Tshoganetso Rantshilo of Architects Collaborative, said the inspiration behind the house was in accordance with the client’s brief. He stated that the objective was to achieve an environmentally responsive house that showcases the versatility of cement and concrete, and this was the reason behind bringing Cemcrete on board.
“In response to orientation, we decided to place most of the day time living spaces; lounge, TV room and study, on the north west so that they do not receive direct sunlight – thus making them more comfortable,” he said. Diffused light is however borrowed through clerestory also known as high level windows.
The house was constructed by renowned company, Wharic Construction, who ensured that the contemporary look extends from the exterior going to the interior.
According to PPC Botswana Sales and Marketing Manager, Tuelo Botlhole, the dream home was constructed under the PPC values and principles, the 5 pillars: safety conscious to ensure no injuries throughout the construction, quality workmanship, on time and on budget and an aesthetically appealing end product.
The finishes of the PPC Dream House continue the modern design language of the house and highlight the versatility of cement. The house features distinctive cement-based finishes sponsored by Cemcrete. The collaboration between PPC and Cemcrete was ideal as most of Cemcrete’s finishes are made from cement as the main ingredient. Cemcrete, along with the architects, specified an on trend colour scheme of greys and rust with a play on different cement textures. The pool, interior floors, exterior and interior walls, ceiling, kitchen counters and cupboards, counter and bedroom cupboards were all finished with Cemcrete’s range of cement-based finishes.
TswanaCrete, the agent in Botswana that resells the Cemcrete product range, also did all the application of the Cemcrete finishes. According to Joanne Sykes, Cemcrete’s Marketing and Sales Director, the stand out finishes applied by TswanaCrete include the double volume off-shutter CemPlaster wall, CreteStain Rust curved walls, PolishCrete kitchen countertop, as well as the Colour Hardener flooring used throughout the house to create unity.
“With the PPC Botswana house we want to show the African market the endless possibilities with cement-based finishes, all manufactured in South Africa, making it perfect for the African climate. The house is the first of its kind in Gaborone and will be the start of a distinctive design style in Botswana,” Joanne adds. Even though the competition is over and the winner has been chosen, the Botswana market can still be inspired by the house and create their own dream home finished with cement-based finishes, made possible by Cemcrete and TswanaCrete.
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