The modern architectural Treehouse Gymnasium consists of 3 functional areas that were built using natural stone, imported spring wooden floors, and other materials to engage with the South African Weather and enhance natural lighting. The conception of the origami roof was used creatively to break the size of the gym visually.
The first functional part of the gymnasium is the two basketball courts that have automated windows and curtains.
The second and third functional areas of the gym are the fitness center that includes premium gym equipment that is available for community use and then there is the Dance studio that used for dance, yoga, karate and many other activities.
The treehouse gymnasium was built in 2014 as a result of a growing program. The indoor gymnasium space can accommodate 2 indoor basketball courts side by side, with a mechanically operated divider curtain that can be rolled down to divide the spaces and extended mechanical roll out bleachers for seating. Part of the design brief was to allow as much light in as possible while maintaining space and a relative amount of temperature control. The surrounding windows are all electronically operated and also serve an additional purpose of thermal heat escape. Louvres with filters were installed to aid in air circulation. Additionally we wanted the PE coaching staff to maintain a visual into the space and the eastern wall is completely enrobed in glass to achieve this. Adjacent to these spaces are a fitness centre, dance studio and PE / health office. Additional change rooms and bathrooms were also built to accommodate students and these areas are controlled through energy efficient air extraction and ventilation systems as we well as heat pumps. The outside of the building is broken up through the use of natural stone elements on the wall and slate paving on the surrounding walkways to blend into its environment. The origami roof structure across the adjacent building serves to break up the expansive space a double gymnasium can create and occupy.