PlanEco and CC Architects

sossusvlei desert camp






sossusvlei desert camp

The Sossusvlei Lodge – which opened its doors in 1994 – was doing so well that its owner, Taleni Africa, decided 10 years later to develop another lodge nearby. This was to be a self-catering lodge with a central pool and bar, and two kitchen/dining areas that people travelling together can book for a group get-together. There are 20 units in total.

The lodge was built using Spaceframe (3-dimensional wire framework panels with polyurethane insulation in the middle) and custom-made canvas tents, suspended from SA Pine pole frameworks. The advantage of using this patented building system is that all the panels for building the complete lodge could be taken to site on two trucks, versus the transport of many trucks laden with heavy bricks. Furthermore, the walls (which offer the same thermal and acoustical insulation as normal brick walls) do not store solar heat during the day, making for cool interiors at night.

The wall and shadenet colours blend in with the surrounding desert scape, looking up to the Naukluft Mountains on the east of the Namib gravel plains.


PlanEco and CC Architects