January, 2011

Unisa 40

Shaping the future

Unisa, which towers over the southern entrance into Pretoria, has undergone a multi-million-rand revamp A huge new administration centre has been built in Preller Street, the main entrance to Unisa, and is set to alter the Lukasrand skyline. The centre includes an art gallery, a computer centre, library, an exhibition hall and an auditorium. This […]

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Blub Lounge Club – restaurant case study in Barcelona

Blub Lounge Club Location: Batista i Roca, 55 – Pol. Ind. Pla d’en Boet-Mataró (Barcelona) Built area: 600m2 Completion (date) : 2010 Distribution: 1 floor Designer: Elia Felices Interiorismo Photographer: Rafael Vargas A space with capacity to combine evening dining with music and a discotheque. The lighting, shapes, colours, furniture and the space itself create […]

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Western Cape construction industry to convene over current crisis

On the 2nd of February 2011, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) will be hosting a seminar at the Belmont Square Conference Centre, the theme of which will be ‘Developing a More Stable Construction Industry in the Western Cape Province’. Recently elected MBAWC President for 2011, Allen Bodill, who has been dedicated […]

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Award winning Australian architect to talk sustainability in JHB, DBN and CT

Highly respected and world-renowned Australian architect, Peter Stutchbury, is to present a series of seminars around South Africa from 14 – 17 March 2011. The presentations will be aimed at professionals of the built environment and students. Peter Stutchbury is the much published, award-winning principal architect of leading architectural firm, Peter Stutchbury Associates. He was […]

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Save on your pocket and the environment by using solar water heating

With the recent introduction of the Eskom rebates installing a solar water heater as apposed to a conventional electrical geyser has become a no-brainer, and that’s besides the obvious environmental benefits. Never mind the usual blurb from the solar suppliers about how long (or soon) it takes to pay off your new solar geyser, given […]

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Going green has never been easier – tipping point reached in SA

South African businesses lag their international counterparts in terms of turning their buildings ‘green’ but a tipping point has been reached – going green is today driven by a convincing mix of financial imperatives, adoption of triple bottom line principles and moral conscience. Being late to migrate to greener practices does have some advantages, however. […]

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Urban sophistication

The Square Boutique Hotel & Spa is a new facility located in the heart of Umhlanga within a vibrant, active mix of retail and commercial properties. The property primarily targets business and corporate clients; however the hotel is also designed to cater for families, and local and international leisure travellers Located in the heart of […]

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A visible success

Strong visibility from one of the busiest arterials in Johannesburg is a key facet of Bryanston 88, the new M/Architects-designed Barrow Properties office development set on a prime site overlooking the N1 ring road at the William Nicol off-ramp   Bryanston 88, a building which is hard to ignore, was recently completed by Barrow Construction […]

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Interbuild delivers a strong message for the future of timber construction

Last year’s Interbuild show in Johannesburg provided an innovative platform  to showcase the many and varied attributes of timber in construction with the erection, within one of the Exhibition halls, of an actual, full-scale, timber frame home. The project arose from an approach by the Institute of Timber Frame Builders (ITFB) to the exhibition organisors […]

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SAISC participates in bringing out another noteworthy architect

Each year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) participates in bringing to South Africa a noteworthy architect. This year, they brought Andrew Tyley of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners famous for their work on iconic structures including: The Millennium Dome (O2), Centre Pompidou, Lloyd’s of London, Terminal 5 Heathrow Airport and Terminal 4 […]

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