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CIfA 2017 Commendation: Century City Square, Century City – Vivid Architects

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Public space has the responsibility to be mutable, with moments for intimacy, spaces for gathering and the ability to be a backdrop for sacred and profane moments. Urban sprawl in its various guises has often led to the erosion of a sense of urban generosity, of spaces for serendipity and joy, as well as contiguous […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: OVD 525, Bantry Bay – Three14 Architects

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The calm, well-proportioned street elevation of this house is back-dropped by a pixelated aluminium screen which manages to mediate any potential visual domination by the ubiquitous double garage door. As a public gesture the screen makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, which is enhanced even further by it being backlit in the evenings. The […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: House IIIA, Schotchekloof – The Fold Architects

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Situated within the infill areas of Cape Town’s historic Bokaap, House IIIA blends well with the surrounding typography of typical double storey, double windowed homes. This is where the similarity ends, as upon closer inspection House IIIA has been crafted to engage with a more contemporary lifestyle. An artful diagonal recess leads into the main […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: Invermark, Higgovale – SAOTA Stefan Antoni, Leah Johnson (original design by Gilbert Colyn 1969)

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Invermark, designed originally by Gilbert Colyn, was the 1970 recipient of an Institute of Architects Award for Excellence. Inspired by two iconic modernist houses, namely that of Phillip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House – milled steel and large panels of glass as the primary architectural elements to create […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Grassy Park – Rennie Scurr Adendorff Architects cc

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It is rare for such a project to be put forward for recognition in the field of Architecture. However, where the actual planning and design have positively impacted up on the wellbeing of the inhabitants, in this case dogs and cats, one needs to stand up and notice. Much can be learnt. At this facility, […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: New Hikers Accommodation at Noetsie, De Hoop Nature Reserve – Jacobs Parker Architects & STAD Architects

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Noetsie is one of five overnight huts along the popular ‘Whale Trail‘ within the Southern Cape De Hoop Nature Reserve. It is set apart from the other huts by its contemporary design treatment which ‘touches the ground lightly’ and through its large window walls which blur the inside/outside divide. Built on the footprint of a […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: House Hildebrandt, Higgovale, Cape Town – Paolo Deliperi

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The last line of buildings below the Table Mountain Reserve area holds tremendous opportunities, responsibilities and visibility. This building has grappled with this challenge in practical and poetic ways. It captures the wide-angled panoramic views from south east to south west and looks back up to the mountain from its outdoor entertainment spaces. A robust […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: Waterway House – dhk

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Waterway House demonstrates how a building can make a subtle yet meaningful contribution to its urban setting. This building ably reinforces the urban design framework of the Canal District of the V&A Waterfront by providing a well-scaled street edge and suitable overall massing, while framing a view by way of a corridor towards Signal Hill. […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children, Montana, Cape Town – CCNI Architects

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Considerable care and effort has gone into transforming wards, consultation spaces and courtyards of the existing facility, built in the 1950s by the Pallotine Sisters to provide care to children. Today it offers step down care to 150 children from vulnerable communities. Wards have been enlivened by adaptations of the roof structure to bring in […]

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CIfA 2017 Award for Architecture: Bosjes Chapel, Breedevallei – Steyn Studio in collaboration with TV3 Architects & Town Planners

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The Bosjes Chapel is a bold architectural statement in the context of South Africa’s agricultural landscape. Unburdened by vernacular overtones or historic references, without attempting to disappear into the landscape, it still sits comfortably within this fairly unknown valley outside Worcester. Its elegant sculptural form, crisp edges, and sense of weightlessness belies a fairly simple […]

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CIfA 2017 Award for Architecture: Floating Dune House, Sedgefield – Slee & Co Architects

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‘Striking simplicity’ best describes the Floating Dune House, which hunkers low atop a massive coastal dune in Sedgefield. It is raised to sit above the dune to maximise views while preserving as much of the surrounding vegetation as possible. A long linear roof is bisected by a sharp, angular entrance bridge and wall. Poetic in […]

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CIfA 2017 Award for Architecture: House Burnett Prinsloo, Bishopscourt – Robert De Jager Architect

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If the architect version of Goldilocks were to skip along the forested banks of the Liesbeek River and come across this home, she would declare it “just right”. House Burnett Prinsloo is a compact, elegant house comprising two distinct yet connected pavilions with an enigmatic street interface allowing glimpses through to a tumbling riverfront garden. […]

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CIfA 2017 Award for Architecture: New Residence:191 Kloof Road, Clifton – Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior Design

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The client specifically wanted the building not to be super modern. All spaces open to terraces and courtyards that support indoor/outdoor experiences that capture the changing qualities of light and seasons. An honest use of well detailed materials celebrates the qualities of stone, steel, timber, fine concrete, and a limited palette of finishes. A compact […]

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CIfA 2017 Award for Architecture: New Residence:151 Main Road, Constantia – Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior Design

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“A bearable lightness of being” A pavilion may be described as habitable folly, an annex of space or spaces, often dedicated to pleasure in a discernible landscape condition. In that sense, pleasure may be manifest in the nature of the architecture of the pavilion, the juxtaposition to itself, the setting or its uses, or in […]

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CIfA 2017 Award for Architecture: 3-in-1 House, De Waterkant, Cape Town – L&L Architects

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“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland The post War suburban experiment has had a dramatic impact on urban form, the livability and performance of many cities. South Africa’s peculiar sub-urbanism and its mainstream popularity has created limited spaces of experimentation for compact urbanism and […]

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