PRLog - Sep. 5, 2012 - DURBAN, South Africa -- The 2011/12 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit and Awards for Excellence has seen ten noteworthy entries from the Mamelodi, Pretoria and Midrand region. 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.
House Oosthuizen designed by Mathews & Associates
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.
Riverwalk Office Park – Pretoria
The PIC challenged Boogertman + Partners Architects to design a commercial office park which fitted comfortably within its natural surroundings. Three buildings of approximately 11 000m2, 10 700m2 and 6000m2 respectively were accommodated on the site, together with a 500m2 converted homestead, which was retained as a heritage keepsake. This is used as a restaurant, open to both the tenants and the general public, and small-scale conferencing facility. 30 000m2 of basement area provides over 1 100 parking bays for tenants.
The project entails a house and studio for a renowned South African sculptor designed by Mathews & Associates Architects. Bold materials, the play of light and personal input by the client helped create a home that is full of meaning and intrigue. The home also functions as a gallery for the client’s own work and art collection. To better display these works windows have been employed throughout as design features, from the collection of skylights in the roof slab above the studio and lounge, to the various deep box-shaped and funneled steel and concrete windows.
Meetse a Bophelo Primary School
The Arcelor Mittal Foundation SA, as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Education, pledged to build ten schools at a cost of R250 million over seven years in unprivileged areas of the country. The brief to Geldenhuys and Jooste Architects for this pilot project was to design a signature school utilizing alternative steel technologies within the cost parameter of conventional ‘brick and mortar’ schools. The prototype building method will be erected in other regions.
Designed by Mathews & Associates Architects for a client with open-minded ideas about modern, expressive design, and situated on a site with breathtaking views of Pretoria towards the north, this home provided the architects with the opportunity to design a sculptural home on a challenging and rewarding site. The potential visual bulk of this four level house has been broken up by multi level terraced landscaping and by emphasising the third level as a concrete envelope supported on the slender columns of the ground and basement levels.
The brief to Thomas Gouws Architects and Interiors for this house situated at the Serengeti Golf Estate called for a contemporary minimalist house that provided security and privacy, while exploiting the views. The house is based on a traditional H-plan shape. The two courtyards created by this layout are screened off and treated as outdoor extensions of the interior spaces. A central double volume living area forms the heart of the house, which opens up onto both courtyards and also connects the side wings with supporting services and bedrooms.
New offices for GWA Studio
This studio pays homage to the well-established architectural tradition of Pretoria regionalism, with specific responses to place and climate through the resourceful usage of materials. The design draws on ideas and canons of notable regionalists such as Norman Eaton, Jack van Rensburg and John Claasens. The studio, sited on a residential stand in Muckleneuk, forms the restraining edge of a new courtyard addition to the existing 1960's house. These inward-looking structures spill out into the courtyard which opens to the sky and shelters from the wind, providing a transitional space between office and home.
The clients brief to W Design Architecture Studio was to create a small home with an endless perception of space – a place that would provide privacy and be part of the surrounding country landscape. The first and most lasting impression of the site is the view across the property to the park and woodlands that characterise the area. This is also the driving force behind the journey of entering the home and arriving in the various spaces, the sequence of moments that the structures create.
Welcome Centre at Development Bank of Southern Africa
In line with the sustainable policies of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the new Welcome Centre by Holm Jordaan Architects and Urban Designers is completely off-grid. The small pavilion is naturally oriented towards oncoming traffic along its feeder road, turning its grassy back to the N1-highway. While the undulating, planted roof lends desirable thermal mass, it also harvests rainwater, and forms recesses along its edges to protect against the harsh summer sun.
Freedom Park Museum
Freedom Park Museum //HAPO and the Pan African Archive are housed together as a centre of knowledge capturing South African history from 3.6 billion years ago to the present day. Designed by GAPP Architects + Urban Designers, Mashabane Rose Associates and MMA Architects, the building is located within a garden of healing and remembrance overlooking the city of Pretoria: Freedom Park. Its vision as a series of abstract boulders resonates with several traditional African ideas of healing, pays homage to the rocky African landscape and reflects the spirit of traditional, indigenous knowledge systems.
House Louw/ Delport
This house by Mellet and Human Architects is like a high level penthouse absorbing the unobstructed views of Pretoria from a small, steep, subdivided stand bordering a green belt. The site was terraced to provide a single level layout. The linear plan provides all living areas and bedrooms north of a gallery which doubles as circulation space and space to house an extensive art collection. Room for exhibiting art in the form of pictures and sculptures was a requirement from the client.
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