The Helderberg Nature Reserve’s new building comprises 8000 EcoBricks and 900 truck tyres; it is set to be quite the experience when it opens.


Cape Town, South Africa (22 November 2021) – Peter McIntosh, founder of the Natural Building Collective, has been sharing the incredible progress of a building at the Helderberg Nature Reserve, which is being built using 8000 EcoBricks and 900 truck tyres. The progress is exciting to see! We first shared Peter’s post back in June, and now Peter shared an awesome update.

Peter and his team specialise in natural and sustainable building techniques while using reclaimed and recycled items like colourful wine bottles, tyres and EcoBricks.

The centre at the Helderberg Nature Reserve will be an off-grid multi-purpose centre for the City of Cape Town and Cape Nature. The new building will be a beacon of what can be done using repurposed items such as unrecyclable plastics, which are placed in EcoBricks and tyres.

If you are not sure what an EcoBrick is? It is a 2lt plastic bottle that has been filled with cleaned plastics that are not able to be recycled. This helps keep these plastics out of water sources and landfills, where they take up space and cause pollution.

“Helderberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town is very close to finished. This building for Cape Nature and the City of Cape Town is built out of tyres, rammed earth, eco-bricks and natural plasters. It is off-grid with solar and the grew and black water recycled. The roof is accessible to the public and will be planted out. Five years since I first became involved with the City of Cape Town and Cape Nature and Its looking beyond gorgeous. Hopefully open before the festive season is in full swing. I am going to leave it there, enjoy the pictures which don’t do justice to just how this building feels in person.” – Peter McIntosh

Here are some before photos.

And these are the after photos.

Sources: Peter McIntosh
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