The International Union of Architects (UIA) closed its triennial conference in Durban after a week of meetings, workshops, exhibitions and a generally stimulated contribution to the urban fabric of Durban. Its closing gesture was to award IM Pei, the UIA Gold medal for his contribution to architecture. The 94 year old Chinese American, renowned for his towering skyscrapers, is too frail to travel but it was received on his behalf by George Miller, a colleague from his office.
The leafy suburb of Westcliff in Johannesburg is known for its majestic turn-of-the century mansions set within rolling acres of manicured gardens.
In South Africa many blue chip corporates sponsor art events and own valuable corporate art collections. Some of this art is publicly available in the form of hosted art galleries like the Standard Bank Art Gallery in Johannesburg yet a large portion of South Africa’s art, including art originally intended as public art, remains behind closed doors.
The additions, alterations and renovations of House Mosi required the architects to create a single-storey home with an urban feel to substitute the 1950’s feel of the original design, converting it into a timeless modern house, with a layout suited to a contemporary lifestyle.
Mellet & Human Architects received Awards of Excellence and Merit from the South African Institute of Architects for the design of this house situated in the established suburb of Groenkloof, Pretoria
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Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch and nestled between rolling vineyards, a koppie (small granite hill) and a river below, Hillside is simultaneously arresting and juxtaposed as fits flawlessly into its surroundings.
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“The brief was to create a home for a Johannesburg based family that could eventually be used as a family home but would initially be used for holidays. The site enjoys spectacular views and it was important that the connection to these views was maximised,” says Greg Truen, Project Partner.
The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, which is part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve.