Development of an African Sulphur Hotspring in Lilani rural KwaZulu
Phase 1 1998-2000 completed
Phase 2 2002 completed
Phase 3 commenced ? on hold from ?
client Department of Economic Affairs + Tourism
Department of Tourism
location Umvoti – Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal
The development of the spa and resort complex involves rehabilitation of the landscape; encapsulating the cultural energies of the area. This was achieved through environmentally conscious design, material use and construction.
An assortment of communal hot mineral pools is sensitively sculpted into the landscape, whilst some are discreetly carved into organic stone structures, all with related ablutions and change facilities. The architectural aesthetic facilitates a branding for tourism, drawing on Lilanis unique natural character.
An overall master-plan concept was developed to enhance local tourism potential while protecting the natural features of the site. Target areas were developed in a phased strategy funded by the Government’s Poverty Alleviation Fund.
Local folklore and skills were incorporated into the development, juxtaposing hand craft and fabrication techniques, with the sculpting of tactile built forms. In addition, natural site resources are symbolically contrasted with contemporary materials.
The project aimed to further improve the lives of the local inhabitants by providing an extended source of income for the area as well as valuable skills training. All the stone used was sourced locally and collected by the community. Organic hot mineral pools, operate on a natural gravity feed water system, without disturbing the natural watercourse.
Phase 1 (1998-2000) complete
completed master-plan concept
existing disused buildings demolished
analyses of local resources
5 pools rehabilitated
new ablutions and change-rooms
new information office / reception
new self-catering rondavel units
freshwater spring directed to facility
camping site delineated
Phase 2 (2002) complete
8 4-sleeper self-catering suites
communal kitchen (to become commercial)
conference room / reception
Phase 3 on hold
extension of reception area + dining
leisure centre development