Bo Kaap Hemp Building Project

Hemporium was delighted to be involved in Cape Town’s third hemp building project, a mixed use residential/office space which was built by Wolf, of Wolf and Wolf Architects, who previously collaborated on Hemporium’s hemp house.

This hemp building, situated in the heart of Cape town’s city bowl in the Bo Kaap area, and looks set to be a shining example of eco-conscious practices including rainwater harvesting, a biodigester, a roof-top aquaculture set-up and locally grown hemp building materials.

We think it’s really exciting that around 2.5 tonnes of the shiv (chips of the hemp stalk) being used was grown locally in the Western Cape, as part of the Commercial Incubation Research Trial. Local is lekker!

Here’s looking forward to when we can all grow our homes!


Hemp Town

components arranged with wall in background

texture of shiv before mixing

preparing the mixture

Filling the mixture into the shuttering

shovelling the mixture

smoothing the mixture

tamping down the mixture

hempcrete texture closeup

layers drying around timber frame

Hemporium has pioneered hemp building in South Africa, starting with “The House that Hemp Built” in Noordhoek Cape Town in 2011.

This house is a showcase for hemp products and includes hempcrete walls, hemp chipboard, hemp insulation, hemp carpets, curtains, couches and more.

We have since been involved in 4 more buildings, including a Soup Kitchen in Khayelitsha.

Hempcrete is the “better than zero carbon” building system. For more information please visit the “USES” section or click HERE for an article on the original house.

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