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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Blockhouse – Mark Thomas Architects

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This steeply sloped site overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with views flanked by the mountain to the north and east. Here nature, coupled with a set-back requirement, transforms an existing house into a flexible home for living that can operate as one or four dwellings. The sloping site is respected and is experienced as one moves […]

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CIfA 2019 Award For Architecture: Mouton Citrus Packing Facility – Kube Architecture

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The architecture of factories is often overpowered by technical and functional demands leaving little room for architectural inventiveness. In the case of the Mouton Citrus Packaging facility, the operational conveying machine determines the spaces around which an enclosure had to be designed. Here the organizing of spaces is imagined as a series of operational layers. […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre – KLG Architects

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The !Khwa Ttu San Heritage Museum is one building within a collection of buildings on a hill looking towards the west coastline. In a somewhat ironic play on time, this newest building within this complex, in both its purpose and design, speaks to a time long before the conception of the older “Cape Dutch” buildings. […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: 68 Jonkershoek – Gallagher Lourens Architects

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The house is organised as two primary wings accommodating private and public functions respectively. These are positioned perpendicular to each other with the north-south facing public wing dividing the site into two gardens and the east-west facing private wing positioned to the back of the site. The northern garden is split by a garage and […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Hillside Clinic – Gabriel Fagan Architects

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The Hillside Clinic is gentle and generous. The modest Victorian profile metal roofs with deep overhangs ‘fit in’ to the Beaufort West neighbourhood. The off-centre ridge lines, different slopes and ventilation chimneys make it the landmark it should be. It is generous in its section, which holds the patients on comfy sun-warmed seats in winter. […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Arklow Villa III – Douglas & Company Architects

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This small residential alteration transforms an insular single -storey Victorian-style rowhouse into a new delight. The heritage street frontage of the original house and street is maintained with the traditional veranda and roof profile that matches the existing except for two new small dormers in the street facing roof. A new bedroom floor is added […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Grain Silo – Heatherwick Studio, VDMMA, RBA, JPA

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Once the tallest buildings in Africa, the grain silos of the waterfront are today carved away to accommodate contemporary African art. This carving away of the almost 100-year-old concrete silos makes an interesting commentary to the debate around African space and how this can be imagined within the very Eurocentric Waterfront-built fabric. Central to the […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: TWK Villiersdorp Resource Centre – CCNI Architects

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This is an extraordinary project as it is not only its physical architectural manifestation, but also the process which it had to engage with to provide a solution in this harsh rural context of poverty and instability that contributes to the important discourse relating to socially relevant architecture. The urban conceptual diagram explains the urban […]

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UCT Summer School | A Vision for Future Cape Town | Exhibition & Lectures

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Foreshore Freeway Project : Time for a breath of fresh air

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Foreshore Freeway Project: Time for a breath of fresh air

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AZA18 News: Vibing at 012central!

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MEMORY AND RESILIENCE • 3 – 5 MAY 2018 ArchitectureZA 2018 (#AZA18), Africa’s premier urban cultural festival focused on architecture, will be held at 012central in the Pretoria inner city from 3-5 May 2018. Presented and hosted by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the […]

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WAN Awards: 2017 Winner – Best Performance Space

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA / KMH ARCHITECTS The Market Theatre founded in Johannesburg in 1976 was constructed out of Johannesburg’s Indian Fruit Market – built in 1913. The Market Theatre’s history is intertwined with the cultural, social and political struggle for freedom in South Africa. KMH Architects’ design recognised the site’s existing building fabric and used […]

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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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