The Transitional Living Center represents a stepping stone from institutional to community based care for people with intellectual disabilities or mental illness.
Around 1959, Hellmut Stauch (1910-1970) designed one of the most seminal buildings of the late Modern Movement in Pretoria, South Africa. Hakahana (meaning quick in Herero), located on a smallholding to the west of Pretoria, was his family home. Here he brought together Modern Movement architectural principles such as efficiency, health and economy, learnt through his education at the Ittenschule in Germany, with an appreciation of the local context, climate and available materials. He...
It was important for the It’s a Go design team and industrial design company Oaktree Studios that the trophy for this awards program matched the innovative use of materials and creativity it seeks to award. It needed to convey the 3 facets of the Social Gain brand, People, Buildings and Planet and become an icon of excellence for architects entering the awards.
The importance of a valid and enforceable contract (particularly in the Interior Design and Architectural professions) is something of which we are reminded on a regular basis through our work with these professionals.
Kerry McNamara Architects designed the recently completed Pathcare laboratories and offices in Windhoek. Pathcare approached Kerry McNamara Architects to source a suitable site and provide a full architectural service in designing their new Windhoek Headquarters from conception to handover.
House in Blair Atholl is one of the most recently completed projects by the highly acclaimed Nico van der Meulen Architects. This luxurious contemporary farmhouse is situated within a secluded golf estate located between Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa.
In July 2014 I was fortunate to be able to visit two recent buildings by Morphosis architects, one in New York (NY) and the other in Los Angeles (LA). The experiences got me thinking about the relationship between formal, functional and contextual identity in architecture.
Architecture has an important role to play in enabling people to learn, grow and develop themselves. Through this it has the power to build the future success of economies and create opportunities for generations to come.
Following the recent announcement of the 28th National Corobrik Student Architectural Awards, my conflicted standpoint about the identity of architectural schools in South Africa has been partially resolved. The addition of three university projects to the GifA exhibition a few weeks back has answered some questions, but also left me with the sense that the formal architectural identity of the schools from years-gone-by has dissipated. And perhaps rightly so.
The brief on this project was given by the interior design team on behalf of the client, his wife and three children who wanted a media room. The idea was to integrate this into the existing design/concept that had been presented to the client with the best possible performance and excellent value for money. The room had to be flexible during the day and night and needed to be simple to operate with multiple source options and gaming for the children. A key requirement was not to infringe on the...