Seeing the light

Exterior lighting is fighting a battle on two fronts – primarily the need to limit energy wastage, and secondly, to a lesser extent, limiting light pollution. “Since the awareness of our limited electrical energy availability, all professional clients are looking for more energy efficient solutions for lighting in general and exterior lighting in particular,” notes […]

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Improving the quality of light

Trends in the lighting world are constantly in flux, and this is no different when it comes to outdoor lighting. LED’s, new materials, futuristic designs – you name it, it’s available. Q How are today’s exterior lights designed and manufactured to ensure that they are both aesthetically pleasing and durable in the harsh South African […]

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Signage challenges

Fire signage plays a crucial role in emergency evacuation procedures. In the event of a fire, it not only indicates escape routes but identifies fire fighting equipment. Although most companies have evacuation procedures and some even institute drills, the stress and panic of an actual emergency often causes chaos. In an emergency situation, people need […]

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Home is where the hearth is

For the better part of the last half-century, fireplaces were reserved for a home’s living areas. The need for a masonry footing, stone hearth and roof-clearing brick chimney all but guaranteed it. But thanks to the arrival of new gas fireplaces, some requiring little or no ventilation, architects now have the freedom to designing these […]

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Fireplace trends hotting up

In these energy conscious times, fireplaces are more than viable alternatives to heat the home or other buildings during the long, cold winter. In this issue we explore the new technologies which manufacturers have to offer to ensure that fireplaces which are safer, easier to use and are more eco-friendly. When quizzed on how the […]

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Floors for public spaces

When considering flooring for public high traffic areas, for instance shopping centres, hospitals and hotels, the factors influencing the choice tend to be a need for a hard wearing floor which is easily maintained. But what else are clients looking for in public flooring? Leading Architecture & Design approached the country’s top suppliers to find […]

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The spirit of Africa with a sophisticated twist

The hospitality landscape is constantly changing with many older hotels renovated into new hip designs. With 2010 under two years away many new hotels are going up or existing ones undergoing facelifts. Lodges are also unique to our continent and come with their own design trends Hotel design is currently an exciting area of architecture […]

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Shaping the kitchen

Two trends have tended to govern kitchen design in the last year – an upsurge in kitchen remodeling and an increased focus on appliances “More clients are coming in with renovations than new kitchens off plan,” says Marina Veiga of Kitchen Wise Designs. “I think this trend will continue for a long time until the […]

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Creating a kitchen

In this article we explore the differences between designing for the residential and the commercial environment. What are the standards for restaurant and hotel kitchens? What design facets need to be considered for these types of kitchens, and what products are more suited to these environments. The leading kitchen suppliers from across the country have […]

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A new way of thinking

The advent of light steel frame building in South Africa is one of the most exciting developments in recent times in the steel and building industries. SASFA, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association, a division of the SAISC, the Southern African Institute for Steel Construction, was officially launched on October 18, 2006 to […]

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