Across the semi-arid plains of Southern Africa, some of the most spectacular structures ever built by a tiny bird are perched on top of trees and power lines. These carefully constructed nests reach heights of up to four metres, with as many as four or five hundred tiny birds inhabiting them at one time. Woven together with twigs, stems, sticks, dried grasses, they feature interconnected spaces that allow the inhabitants to both socialise and enjoy solitude within the bird community. Nesting several generations at the time, these nests withstand the extreme African weather to exist for hundreds of years.
These resilient, high-density communities are built to belong by the incredibly intelligent bird – the Sociable Weaver.
Inspired by this small bird, we too work with the natural world, building homes and structures that are regenerative and aesthetically inspiring. Homes that foster a sense of belonging for everyone who inhabits the space. We are not only interested in creating homes; we are interested in creating a new way of being — one that inspires a richer, more meaningful experience for the inhabitant, and has a positive impact on the world we live.
Environmental responsibility informs every decision we make from our building materials to our building processes. This isn’t just about positively impacting the planet and increasing energy efficiency in our homes, it’s about connecting residents to nature, awakening their senses, and promoting a healthier, more balanced state of mind and wellbeing.
We’re interested in creating homes and streetscapes that open people up to one another, that cultivate meaningful relationships while still allowing residents to find the solitude they need in their daily lives. Like the nests built by the Sociable Weaver, our homes foster a sense of belonging — connecting residents to their environment, their community and ultimately, to themselves.
We believe beauty and the aesthetic world play a powerful role in igniting the human spirit and inspiring us to action. When created well, spaces should captivate and move us, maybe even change our heartbeat. That’s what we aspire to do – to create beautiful homes, upholding craftsmanship that stands the test of time.
We believe living, breathing homes that are carbon positive and integrated with nature should be the new norm, that’s why we’re committed to making our work accessible for a range of homebuyers. We want to witness a massive transformation in our urban environment in the next five years and see ourselves as educators and leaders of this change.
The Sociable Weaver is a design and building company that creates healthy, sustainable, community minded, functional homes. Our thoughtfully designed houses encourage connection to nature, to community, to family, to friends and to ourselves.
The Sociable Weaver homes are practical, economical and available at a price point that makes architecturally designed, functional, healthy and environmentally conscious homes accessible to more buyers. Each and every single component of our houses is selected to provide the ideal balance between design intent, health, nature, environment, communities and sustainability, meaning less reliance on the planet’s resources.
We create homes that are either carbon neutral or carbon positive and we place strong emphasis on building biology to create a healthy home. Along with Feng Shui design principles, permaculture integration, recycling processes, accessibility and more, our homes are thoughtfully considered in every possible way.
The Sociable Weaver is one part of our vision for transforming the built environment for the better. Our award-winning construction company, Martin Builders, is the core builder of many of our projects. To transform the built environment on a larger scale, we enact our vision for positive development through Small Giants Developments.
The Age, 10 June 2017
Peppermint Magazine, March 2017, Issue 33
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