The client’s brief to Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects was to design a contemporary and sleek, yet comfortable house with large internal and external living areas which ensured privacy while maintaining an integral relationship with its immediate and distant natural environment. The house is positioned on a double site located in the Hawaan Forest Estate. This affords the house the ability to run parallel to and engage with the nearby indigenous forest edge. The plan of the house is a linear arrangement of spaces which angle towards the forest on either end to provide enclosure and privacy.
This research project was initiated by the eThekwini Municipality’
The Green Hub in Durban’s Blue Lagoon Park was designed eThekwini Municipality’
Clermont Swimming Pool and Sportsfield Upgrade
This project brief called for the design, documentation and construction of a 25 x 25m community swimming pool with related facilities, as well as an upgrade of the adjoining soccer field comprising grandstand seating, public toilets and change rooms. Buildings were cleverly designed by eThekwini Municipality’
Concierge Boutique Hotel and Freedom Cafe
Tucked behind the gritty commercial zone of Umgeni Road in Durban, lie a series of Victorian workers’ cottages from the late 1800s. When the client acquired four of these semi-detached units, the brief for Architecture Fabrik and Don Albert & Partners was to create a boutique hotel with adjoining studios for creative professionals. The new structure is not physically connected to the historic buildings and is set back from the street which enables a visitor to easily distinguish both the reception, and the ‘new from the old’, whilst retaining the character of the street and area.
Gottlieb Distribution Centre
Key drivers in the programme for a new complex for the Gottlieb Group were to provide efficient distribution centres with a premium grade working environment, high natural light levels and a strong visual connection between functional elements. A bold architectural expression with visually transparent and exiting interior space were also primary programmatic demands. The design solution from Elphick Proome Architects takes the form of two buildings comprising distribution centres as large scale white boxes and carefully articulated linear offices blocks. The complex imparts a powerful branded exposure with an architectural expression celebrating articulation, linearity and transparency.
New KZN regional head office for Investec
Investec initiated a move from their offices in Durban’s CBD to an office park in Umhlanga in 2006. The brief to Elphick Proome Architects was to provide premium grade offices in Ridgeside Office Park with a sophisticated expression capturing an established corporate image and rendered in high quality materials. The spectacular ocean and distant cityscape views informed the arrangement of the office space around public interface and service spaces. The driving factor that tied the design together was the desire to keep it simple and create an uncluttered refined elegance.
Gowrie Farm is a low-density ‘residential estate’ established on a working dairy farm adjacent to Nottingham Road. Houses are loosely scattered around a 9-hole rural village golf course that weaves between a series of lakes and Rooigras slopes with rocky outcrops. The design by designworkshop:
Mini Town Node
The Mini Town node is the northern most of the four development nodes defined by the City along the length of the redevelopment of Durban's Golden Mile Promenade. The opportunity of the project was for designworkshop:
The South African Institute of Architects Award for Excellence was introduced in 1990, and is conferred every second year where it recognises an exceptional contribution to the field of architecture. The award programme was revised in 1999, and now includes the Awards of Merit running concurrently. The Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit are to be conferred at a function to be held in September 2012 as part of the SAIA AZA Biennial convention which is being held in Cape Town. The panel of adjudicators for the 2011/12 Awards is being convened by the President of the Institute, Fanuel Motsepe, and consists of Peter Kidger from Corobrik and an academic architect, Philippa Tumubweinee and designer David Tlale.
The 2011/12 awards have seen a total of 55 entries, a marked increase from previous years, and significantly, the Institute received entries from two new regions – the Northern Cape Institute of Architects and the North West Province Institute of Architects.
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