November, 2010

Plascon Prism Awards announce winners in battle to adapt or evolve

What does the Mbombela soccer stadium – sporting steel giraffes and zebra striped seats – have to do with Shanghai? How does a steel canopy with the shape of an African tree connect with a design happening in London? The creators of these home-grown designs both won the top accolades in the 2010 Plascon Prism […]

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Mall of the North on track for grand opening in April 2011

Construction of Polokwane’s largest, most modern and eagerly awaited mega shopping centre – Mall of the North – is fast approaching its April 2011 opening deadline. Jointly owned and developed by JSE-listed company Resilient Property Income Fund, Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and Moolman Group, the Mall of the North represents the largest […]

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Nedbank phase II awarded South Africa’s first as built Green Star SA rating

Phase II of Nedbank’s head office has achieved another eco-friendly first. Today it was announced at the Green Building Council Convention that the development in Sandton, Johannesburg has been certified as South Africa’s first As Built Green Star SA Building under the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) Office v1 rating tool. The building […]

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Electricity hikes make energy efficient buildings in SA vital

While most property developers and building owners have been slow to adopt energy efficiency strategies, the expected hike in electricity costs in South Africa over the next few years means that focusing on these initiatives will be vital from a financial perspective. Apart from the financial benefits of having energy efficient buildings, energy efficiency is […]

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Three designs with ‘fresh thinking’ win C&CI architectural competition

Innovative designs for a sustainable community building in Hillbrow, township library and community centre in Mamelodi, and Hartbeespoort Dam headquarters for a waterworks and forestry department, are the three winners of the Cement & Concrete Institute’s 2010 Architectural Student Design Competition. The annual C&CI competition this year formed part of ArchitectureZA.2010, a major architecture, design, […]

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UCT architecture professor wins gold

Professor Jo Noero of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town has won the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture for his outstanding contribution to the field. It is commonly believed among architectural circles that architects who channel their efforts towards benefiting the less privileged […]

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Going ‘ green’ can improve property value

South African home buyers are increasingly placing more emphasis on environmentally-friendly features when choosing a home, highlighting the importance of going green not just to protect the environment but also to improve the value of your property. According to a recent poll by ooba, South Africa’s leading bond origination company, 49% of respondents said existing […]

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Design with dignity

The architecture of Durban’s newly completed Moses Mabhida Station celebrates local culture while bringing dignity to South Africa’s transport network By Lynne Yates

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Building a kingdom for kids

The new Kidszone building at the Rivers Church Campus in Morningside is the quintessential children’s kingdom, creatively designed to appeal to the young and playful at heart By Lynne Yates Photographs by Chad Cocking

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Getting the mix right

As a successful construction company, highly skilled and delivering contracting services to the office, industrial, retail and hospitality markets, Probuild appointed I.Scope Interior Architects to undertake the redesign of their existing offices Photographs by Chad Cocking

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