Experimenting with colour

We live surrounded by colours, shades and light and sometimes we don’t even notice how it influences our mood. Yet designers have to notice this science and apply it for the benefit of their clients. Leading Architecture & Design quizzed paint suppliers about the latest trends in colour and found out that grey, purple and […]

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The diversity of water

Landscape architecture is a rich and complex discipline. As well as being capable of creating architectural forms and structures from natural elements, it also employs the almost infinite range and diversity of nature. And water has a unique position among the natural elements. The relationship that humans have with water is complex, ambivalent and ever […]

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Creating a total interior environment

In this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to entertain and service clientele – new ways of keeping clients entertained and serviced need to be developed, especially in the retail sector The retail industry is ever changing and businesses within that industry must always be advanced in their thinking and in their […]

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A movement towards aesthetics

Retaining walls, structures that hold back or ‘retain’ lateral faces of dirt, water, or other materials, are often used to prevent erosion or collapse of higher level ground onto buildings, structures or general areas. But is enough known about them in the industry? “Ever since the introduction of the Concrete Retaining Blocks in South Africa […]

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Energy efficiency tops roofing trends

A roof is an enormous asset to a commercial office building, and with routine maintenance it can prove to be a long term investment. With the rising costs of energy property owners and architects are in search of more energy efficient roofing systems. With green building no longer a niche market and countless materials competing […]

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Covering all the bases

How has roofing reacted to the green architecture drive and what challenges is the roofing industry currently facing? Leading Architecture & Design posed these questions to the industry. One of the biggest challenges currently facing the roofing industry is the absence of pride and the ‘no care’ attitude of the building industry as a whole,” […]

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Planning ahead

It is an unfortunate fact that buildings have to make allowance for safety and security measures, yet as technologies advance, the products become less intrusive and more sensitive to the architecture of the building. Fire signage has always played a crucial role in emergency evacuation procedures, indicating not only escape routes, but also fire fighting […]

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Signage as an architectural element

Never in our history has there been such growth in the field of communications. Our cities and buildings have become ever more complex, and many of new facilities are overwhelming in size and intricacy. These factors make it obvious that well-designed, aesthetically pleasing signage should be utilised to help those unfamiliar with a site or […]

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Factoring in life-cycle costs

Using stainless steel compared to other materials is economically feasible in the long term. And although it may be true that stainless steel is not only the lowest priced candidate, its durability and ease of maintenance compensate for the higher initial purchasing cost. A basic attribute of stainless steel is the ability to provide long-term […]

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A modern material

Construction is the fastest growing sector of the South African economy, growing 13,3% last year. The industry is expected to double in size over the next six to seven years, presenting healthy opportunities for stainless steel. The recently held Stainless Steel Awards presented some interesting architectural solutions “The markets in general have been really confusing,” […]

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