KLG architects is a firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. The essence of the firm’s work lies in their iterative design process. The process is explored through a series of hand-drawn sketches, drawings and team discussions. These are driven by a diverse knowledge of construction and building techniques, explorations of the site, as well as the social impact in which the buildings are to be sited. This design process encourages an expanding knowledge and iterative lense to the world. The constant feedback loop from the contracting side also allows variation of the design to accommodate expertise on site. This results in a project and experience that excels conceptually, socially, spatially and tectonically. The Kogelberg Cabin design was initiated by carefully mapping out the area designated for construction by the EIA to understand its topography and vegetation. From this, small working areas were pegged out on site to locate the cabins in a way that minimized damage to fynbos and impact on the existing vegetation. Networks of floating boardwalks were similarly mapped to access the cabins and reduce the impact that visitors may have on the natural landscape.
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