Taking bathrooms to the next level

A bathroom is no longer simply a bathroom – it is a statement. Usually adorned with the best finishes available, the modern bathroom is a multifunctional extension of not only the home, but also of the office, the shopping centre and the hotel. Leading Architecture & Design speaks to both designers and bathroom ware manufacturers […]

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New technologies

Advancements in the world of glass and aluminium have seen architects experimenting with their designs, while at the same time giving their buildings and energy efficient boost. According to AFSA, the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa, the South African aluminium industry is one of the industrial pillars of the South African economy. Fortunately it is […]

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Enhancing the old with the new

After a novel inception, the new Cape Quarter Extension opened its doors in October in the trendy district of De Waterkant in Green Point, Cape Town. The gentrification of the previously run-down area encompassing Somerset Road, Dixon, Jarvis and Napier Streets has been done with style and sophistication, preserving the past, blending it with the […]

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An education no university can produce

David Baker recently undertook the design of his own house. The finished project is in harmony with the environment and took many of its cues from the site. Designing a house is a daunting task – the clients will have to live in the structure, use it, interact with it, and ultimately, enjoy being in […]

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A green philosophy

The Green House, home of energy tablet producers, McNab’s, is making waves with its energy efficient philosophy. “What is the most noticeable feature of the building?” repeats Rupert McKerron, founder of McNab’s Energy Tabs. He looks around his new offices and thinks deeply about the question put to him. He takes a sip of his […]

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A shelter for the underprivileged

The Agape Child Care Centre, located in Waterfall, a township near Durban, is home to 40 children and offers them warmth, love and protection. The architecture of the new centre, rebuilt after a fire, needed to reinforce these attributes Agape Child Care Centre is an orphanage that accommodates children, most of whom have lost their […]

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A visceral form

Dorma South Africa recently centralised all its business into one 3165m² building in Kya Sands, Johannesburg. The end result is a working showroom that houses 50 staff members in its sumptuous environment. In 2006, Dorma South Africa, supplier of quality door closers and a significant player in the locks and handles market, embarked on the […]

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Neither to replicate nor ridicule

The Edenglen Primary School Resource Centre is immediately noticeable when viewed against the staid and conventional architecture of the rest of the school buildings, a ‘style’ which is evident in almost every school across the country. The architect, Kuba Granicki, qualified from Wits in 2004 and worked in several firms before opening up his own […]

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Fast-tracking a new face

The Es’kia Mphalele Registration Hall at UNISA’s Sunnyside Campus was a fast-track project which is set to service the needs of approximately 150 000 students a year. Marco Zietsman of HMZ Architects surveys the vast building that is UNISA’s Es’kia Mphalele Registration Hall on the Sunnyside Campus in Pretoria and ponders the question about her […]

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A serene space

From the outside, the Wise residence looks quite innocuous and could be any of a number of houses on the restful street in the upmarket Parkhurst suburb. But over the large grey wall a wooden walkway takes you past a magnificent stone feature wall and a mirrored water curtain to the enticing front door. By […]

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