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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Designer chic


The new Morningside Shopping Centre, designed to emulate minimalist elegance, exudes a sophistication that will appeal to the high end customer it aims to attract. “Buildings should be designed for the context in which they find themselves.” This is the sentiment of architect Pierre Lahaye, partner at MDS Architecture, and the maxim he followed when […]

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For architects, by architects

When the architects and interior designers from the Port Elizabeth office of Stauch Vorster Architects were tasked with designing their own working environment, they created a building that makes an architectural statement while at the same time being sensitive to neighbouring buildings. Stauch Vorster Architects was established in 1943 and has since grown progressively into […]

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A view to design for

The offices for Stenham, designed by Tsai Design Studio and SZK Architects, take their cue from the incredible views to create an atmosphere which is clean, light and professional. Architect Y. Tsai runs a multi-disciplinary practice – Tsai Design Studio – that is involved in the field of product design, furniture, interior design and architecture. […]

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A feat of sustainable design

Contemporary and geometric in form, the new Boogertman + Partners Architects office in the Nicol Main Office Park in Bryanston is an architectural feat of environmental responsibility achieved through the use of passive design elements and innovative mechanical-electrical solutions. The energy crisis prevalent in South Africa, and indeed the world, has resulted in a building […]

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Corporate flair

The mammoth task of creating a clean, uncluttered space in the FNB Home Loans section of the large Fairlands office building, which accommodates over 5 000 people, was successfully carried out by the interior design team from Switch. It’s hard to miss. Flanking the N1 Highway in Randburg and creating a dominant focal point along […]

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A shining example

A timeless yet modern building gracing a corner on one of South Africa’s busiest intersections is a monument to the innovations of the 21st century. Situated on one of Sandton’s last undeveloped prime pieces of property is Oates Architects’ latest offering to this affluent suburb’s skyline – a shimmering 17-storey office tower which is injecting […]

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