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Anything you can do, we can do better! Our annual Green issue corresponds nicely with the announcement of the 12 nominees for the 2011/2012 AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture awards (see sidebar). AfriSam, a leading producer of building materials, together with the South African Institute of Architects, introduced the awards to recognise and promote those firms that have created and designed buildings that are ecologically sustainable and uplift the community. Two award categories exist: one for built work that has been ‘beneficially occupied’ (used for the purpose for which it was constructed) since 15 March 2011, and one for social importance. One of these buildings has been awarded a Four- Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of SA. Another is independent of electrical and water utilities, thanks to on-site production, harvesting and efficiencies. And then there’s one that uses daylight harvesting. Most have eco-friendly features, including water-wise gardens, solar geysers, rainwater harvesting systems and grey-water systems. Whichever green practices the developers have put in place, they are performing them well and making an impact, and for that we salute them. My favourite nominee is the Safmarine Sports Centre, which was constructed from used transportation containers and now boasts a coach’s office, two change rooms and an equipment store. Now that’s inspiring.

There are many other commercial, retail and residential developments in South Africa whose developers are doing their bit for sustainability. Too many to mention here, in fact! However, I love that Growthpoint’s Lincoln Lake development in Umhlanga sports a pool of bicycles that employees can use instead of cars for shorter trips around the precinct (going to meetings or lunch or running errands), that MDD’s new development in Bryanston, Johannesburg, responded to the neighbourhood blackouts with a green, customengineered electricity scheme, and that Pretoria’s mixed-use development, Menlyn Maine, is making history as SA’s first fully functioning green city – one of only a handful in the world. South African architects are certainly proving that they can hold their own in the international arena of sustainable construction and they are being aided by a surge in new building laws and guidelines, such as making roof insulation compulsory. The sky’s the limit, it would appear.

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NOMINEES – SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AWARDS Nic Border Architects – Elkanah House High Campus, Cape Town Richard Dobson Architects – Enhancing the Livelihoods in Cardboard Recycling (Project 3) eThekwini City Architects – Housing Typologies Study Claude/Bailey Design & Architecture – Kavuma House, Monaghan Farm, Gauteng Activate Architects, Afritects – Lebone II College, North West Kate Otten Architects – Lulu Kati Kati House, Melville, Johannesburg DHK Architects – Nedbank Ridgeside Building, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal Arca Architects & Designers – Ozmik House, Brooklyn, Pretoria Bentel Associations International (BAI) – Pick n Pay on Nicol, Sandton, Johannesburg Tsai Design Studio – Safmarine Sports Centre, Piketberg Daffonchio & Associate Architects – The Energy Works, Parktown North,

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RENOVATION REVELATION ‘Renovation Invasion’ was a great feature last month. I was in awe of the bathroom renovation.The before photos look just like my home’s bathrooms, so I was intrigued by the owner’s clever placing of fixtures and use of shelving to create more room and turn out such a chic space. Thanks for the inspiration! F Spencer, Northcliff

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French flavour,

local spice

Gardens’ La Grenadine Guest House is distinctively French, but for its owners, having a South African edge was also essential

Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Supplied


nowing the story of French

people. We wanted to create a place like this

was unkempt, we hadn’t seen anything like it

couple, Mélodie Abad and Maxime

for foreigners and locals to interact with each

before. It reminded us of France.’ They refined

Deluc, owners and managers of

other,’ says Mélodie. The couple embarked on

their vision: to build a guesthouse that would

La Grenadine Guest House, is

an extensive house hunt, but all the places they

also function as a cultural hub where people

important to our understanding of why this

saw were either not to their liking or out of

could integrate, be entertained by live music,

new establishment in the City Bowl radiates

their price range.

exchange ideas, learn some skills and have a

After a year or so of searching, Mélodie and

romance. The couple met a few years ago

whole lot of fun while doing so.

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Max got ‘the call’. The estate agent said there

formulated their joint dream of opening

was an old property on the market that she

of work had to be done to make the property

an event space to accommodate the local

thought was exactly what they were looking

what it is today – an oasis of French country

creative industries in which they’ve both been

for but needed a lot of work. ‘She was right,

style, relaxation and utter charm.

entrenched since coming to South Africa.

and when we went to have a look we knew

The couple consulted architect Rob

we’d found it,’ Mélodie says of the original

Ringrose, who saw the same potential they

homestead and stables. ‘Although the property

did in retaining the charm of the original

‘As a foreigner, you always find yourself in cool, happening places and meeting interesting

But before any of this could happen, a lot

A country-chic living area with library on the upper level. 2Room 1 leads out onto the garden


Visit for other

while the bathroom’s decor and layout add to the rustic romance. 3Established fruit trees at the

chic getaways in your hood.

centre of the garden. 4The terrace offers perfect views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

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2 building by reusing as much as possible from the existing single-level structure, but also updating it and putting their personalities into it. ‘It was scary, having to think about everything, from reusing materials of the old building to sourcing the right pastries for the breakfast buffet to security considerations. Both Max and I had never done anything like this before,’ says Mélodie. The five-bedroom Le Grenadine Guest House opened in January this year and, with a new second floor housing two of the bigger suites, it is as quaint and beautiful as any you’d find in the south of France. It is also an ode to eco-consciousness, with much of the original building’s materials being incorporated into the new structure. A solar energy system has been installed too. With regards to Le Grenadine’s aesthetic appeal, Mélodie and Max aren’t too concerned


with definitions, and why would they be? They’ve put heart and soul into the guest house and it’s a reflection of who they are: authentically French and adoringly South African. ‘People often decide what the look is for us. What we’ve heard is that it’s “industrial”, “Provençal”, “country” and “vintage”. We like to think it’s all of these, with added South African character,’ she says. The main double-volume space is filled with touches of Africa, from the selection of coffee table books to an artwork by Cameron Platter, furniture covered in isiShweshwe fabric, and retro African street hairdressing posters. In contrast, the bedrooms are decidedly French country and every piece of furniture and decor accessory, collected by Max and Mélodie over the years, has a vintage look. ‘We fell in love with this country and then with each other, and we want that to come through in this place,’ Mélodie says. Sitting in the front garden beneath a pomegranate trees and sipping rooibos tea out of a vintage teacup, we say it certainly does.

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Succulent sustainable fare, comfort food with a twist and a fun new spritzer



who has cooked for the likes of Bono and Winona Ryder, has opened up Harvest@Laborie restaurant in Paarl. He tells us why he loves his job and why every chef needs a veggie garden.

Q What is the best part about your job?

Cooking is a dynamic industry and something that evolves constantly. I love that it requires of one to be innovative and creative in order to succeed. Contrary to public belief, the profit margins are tight and food and beverage costs need to be tightly managed for restaurants to be a success. It’s a combination of all of the above that make it a unique and challenging job, and once you’re in it you never want to leave.

Q What sustainability initiatives are in place at Laborie Wine Farm?

We recycle and have our own compost heap to feed our herb and vegetable garden. Whenever possible we use free- range products, such as eggs and beef, and we try to source local fresh produce rather than work out of a freezer. We make our own pasta, ice cream, stocks and sauces and do some of our own butchering.

Q Do you make a signature dish where most of the ingredients come from your garden?

We have a seared, lightly smoked trout dish, on a bed of celeriac, fennel and apple slaw with herb oil, tomato and lemon. Almost everything, apart from the trout, is grown a few metres from our kitchen. We also have a Harvest vegetable salad that changes according to what we’re growing.

EATING AT PLANET GREEN The Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant, under the supervision of award-winning Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg, has been turning a deeper shade of green these past few months. Rudi, together with farmer Eric Swarts, is spearheading the development of Planet Restaurant’s own organic, sustainable vegetable farm in Stellenbosch. This is the latest of Rudi’s many initiatives to make the running of his kitchen more eco-friendly. He and his team bake their own bread and pastries, make their own pickles, sauces and tapenades and grow their own herb gardens on the Mount Nelson’s rooftops. To cut down on food miles, Planet Restaurant only uses South African cheeses. And to further support sustainable fishing and farming practices, Rudi makes sure to use ‘green dot’ fish, pasture-reared chickens and their eggs, and grass-fed free- range lamb. +27 (0)21 483 1000,

A SIDE ORDER OF SNUGNESS Cassia restaurant at Nitída wine farm in Durbanville is all about well-being this winter. Chef and proprietor Warren Swaffield’s brand-new winter menu features favourite comfort foods with Italian, Asian and good old ‘Seffrican’ influences. Showstoppers include fall-off-the-bone Moroccan lamb shank with minted couscous and butter bean and chickpea ragout. On the dessert front, Head Chef Florent Hameau dishes up sweet wonders, such as chocolate fondant with rose petal cream and sweet-and-sour chilli

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ROCK ’N’ SUSHI ROLLS Following his success with the Harbour Rock restaurant in Hermanus, Francois Barnard has opened Rock Sushi Thai in Meadowridge, Constantia Valley. Here, chef Louis Jiang oversees the preparation of authentic Thai and Japanese dishes, from curries to California rolls. A selection of Thai beers as well as interesting desserts, such as Thai litchi with vanilla ice cream, are also on the restaurant’s menu. +27 (0)21 712 2921,

GETTING JIGGY WITH IT Capetonians can look forward to the launch of KWV’s low-alcohol, ready-to-drink fusion wine spritzer, Jimmijagga, which has already been successfully rolled out in Gauteng restaurants. The spritzers are available in white, rose and red, and are based on light, refreshing wines infused with lemon, melon or plum flavours. +27 (0)21 807 3911,

GREENS FROM ABOVE Simon Kemp, executive chef at Upper Eastside Hotel, has been busy preparing the new winter menu for Liberty’s Restaurant these past few months. Simon is thrilled to announce that the dishes incorporate produce from the hotel’s recently completed organic rooftop veggie garden. Simon oversaw the installation of the 90m2 garden, which is planted with 40 varieties of herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. +27 (0)21 404 0570, | 15



Ready-sealed eco-friendly door and window frames, bathroom art, intriguing lamps and a new gallery in Stellenbosch have got us excited

Holly Wood Kitchens and Furniture specialises in custom-designed, functional kitchen furniture. We speak to the owner,


Q Have you always been into furniture design?

No, not furniture specifically, but I used to design and make clothes when I was in my 20s. I actually studied construction management at Cape Tech after finishing my national service and worked for a large construction company, building schools, hotels and so on. It was only after I started my own project management company that I began designing and making furniture, which evolved into a specialisation in free-standing kitchens.

Q Describe the nature of your business.

Some 90% of our kitchen furniture is custom made, and as a result, each piece has to be designed from scratch. This not only keeps our kitchens designs fresh, but also lets us design unique items specific to each client. We don’t have a standard range of furniture, because this would limit what we can make. Designing furniture and seeing it being created and installed in our clients’ homes is definitely the best part of what I do. I also spend a lot of time at the wood merchants, selecting the timber I need, and visiting marble and granite suppliers, in order to keep up with the latest products on the market.

SEAL THE DEAL Local manufacturer, Swartland, has recently launched a first for SA – the Ready 2 Fit range of pre-sealed, pre-glazed windows and doors. The wooden frames are pre-sealed with Swartland’s high-quality Maxicare water-based sealant, increasing their ability to withstand the elements. The sealant is UV resistant, stain resistant, water repellant and lead free. What’s more, it is environmentally friendly because of its low VOC emissions. 086 110 2425,

SPONGE BOB These unusual, organic-looking ceramic Sponge shades are handmade by Pott, a leading pottery project in Spain. Available in a variety of earthy tones and in three configurations – pendant, floor and table lights – their many holes create a soft glow. Find them at Robert Thomson. +27 (0)82 782 8863,

I’m in the process of setting up a sawmill on a friend’s farm in the Eastern Cape. We’ll use it to cut up alien trees from which we’ll make tables, benches and other products. It’s a community empowerment project, so we’ll be training some of the locals as carpenters. +27 (0)21 701 7737,

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Q Do you have any green initiatives in place?



STELLIES STYLE Deon Viljoen, a dealer in fine art and antiques, together with his wife, Diana, has recently opened a quaint retail gallery in Stellenbosch. You’ll find a fascinating collection of antique and contemporary furniture, art and ceramics, all arranged in Deon’s inimitable style. Diana has also added her touch, in the form of imported Madagascan rugs and other lifestyle products. +27 (0)73 760 7457,

MIX IT UP Tile Africa’s new store in Paarden Eiland is the go-to place for the latest in tiles and sanitaryware. The updated interiors feature inspirational themed displays showing you just how versatile the various tiles are. +27 (0)21 511 5815,

BATH ART Bathrooms can be challenging places in which to hang art or place decorative wallpaper, because of dampness. Bathroom Bizarre has come up with an innovative solution to this problem – printed glass shower screens, decor panels, splashbacks and countertops. There is a selection of images to choose from and you can have your choice made up especially for you. 086 155 5000, | 17



Cycling through vineyards and reducing your carbon footprint by drinking wine? Now that’s eco-indulgence …

CYCLING THE CONSTANTIA VALLEY Guests at Steenberg Hotel can now explore one of Cape Town’s oldest wine estates by bicycle. The hotel has teamed up with Bike & Saddle to offer guests this eco-sensitive means of exploration. A wide selection of state-of-the-art bicycles, with helmets and locks, will be available by prior reservation at cost per hour. The bikes range in speed and size. Bike & Saddle is also offering guided bicycle tours along two bike trails that have been mapped out, allowing guests to make the most of Steenberg’s idyllic location. These trails through the Constantia Valley include visits to some of the neighbouring wineries and tourist attractions, including Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen and Beau Constantia. +27 (0)21 713 2222,

DRINKING GREEN Eco-conscious wine lovers can revel in the launch of not one, but two green wines this season. From Balance wines comes Haven Point, certified by Fairtrade. By buying this delightful nectar you’ll be helping to improve the lives of Third World producers and encouraging environmental protection. The 2012 Haven Point Pinot Gris entices with aromas of rose petal that lead to a feast of fresh, lingering fruit flavours. And the white 2012 Haven Point Viognier Shiraz combines exhilarating flavours of red berries and fragrant pear with a hint of spice. From Van Loveren we have the eco-friendly Tangled Tree wines, namely Spicy Shiraz, Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon, Butterscotch Chardonnay, Moscato Rosé and Tropical Sauvignon. The wines are bottled in fully recyclable, eco-friendly PET bottles that are labelled with Treefree labels made from 100% renewable sugar cane fibre. And they taste good too. So if you’re looking for a good excuse for a glass of wine, what better reason than the environment and your fellow man? The wines will soon be available from all major liquor outlets. +27 (0)23 347 6838,; +27 (0)23 615 1505,

FASHION AS ART Ted Baker has taken his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection into the world of exhibitionists. Not for the wallflower, his collection is bright, bold and rich. Women are women and men are men, so expect the female form to be shown off to perfection and lots of florals. The men’s collection will have the guys looking classy in slim and classic fits. Available from Stuttafords nationwide. +27 (0)11 450 4634,

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TREAT YOURSELF Oodles of hot indulgence are on the cards for anyone who visits Upton Hall. Filling a niche for uberluxurious accommodation in Durban, the boutique guest house has been created through a witty and contemporary revamp of one of the city’s premier 1930s-style mansions, and each of its 10 suites features its own look, original artwork and splendid views. An indoor gym, three wine cellars, cigar lounge, and exceptional fine dining prepared by executive chef Nardia Adams and served in the wood- panelled dining room, are among the luxuries that can be enjoyed by Upton Hall’s guests. Upton Hall Boutique Guest House is running a winter special, until the end of July. +27 (0)31 303 7987,

A DATE WITH LUXURY Patek Philippe, the brand synonymous with luxury watches, recently released the Ref. 5940 Grand Complication at this year’s Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show. The defining feature of this model is its ultra-thin self- winding perpetual calendar. To add an extra element of luxury, the Ref. 5940 Grand Complication wristwatch comes in an 18ct gold cushionshaped case. Patek Philippe watches are exclusively available from the Watch and Jewellery Gallery in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg. The store delivers to major cities around SA. +27 (0)11 784 2595;

SUIT UP The Moët & Chandon Diamond Suit is bound to be a conversation starter at your next dinner party. This elegant isothermal suit has a texture that recalls the foil of a bottle and


sports a satin tie around its neck.

The five-star Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate

It’s also reusable and perfect for

in Franschhoek is now open to guests on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

gifting. The suit is guaranteed to

The Owner’s Cottage comprises four beautifully appointed bedrooms, a

keep your bottle chilled for up to

honeymoon suite, spacious lounge, designer kitchen and conservatory for

two hours. Available at leading

dining. There is a swimming pool and elevated spa pool overlooking the

liquor stores nationwide.

vineyards. Check out the special winter bed-and-breakfast rack rates.

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Cape Homemakers Expo, 23–26 August The 17th annual Cape Homemakers Expo will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and showcase the latest in home improvement ideas and trends. Cape Homemakers Expo is the largest home improvement and lifestyle expo, with no fewer than 350 stands displaying products in over 80 different categories. Must-sees this year include the decor and accessories area, the Audiovision Sound Emporium, D’Vine Life, the DIY Workshop, Future of Design and ClockArt (an exciting project aimed at art enthusiasts and collectors). Entry: adults R60, pensioners R40. Children under 12 are free. +27 (0)21 511 2800,

TICKET GIVEAWAY We’re giving away 20 double tickets to this year’s Cape Homemakers Expo. Simply email your details to with ‘Expo’ in the subject box. Ts & Cs apply.

Jazz Brunch at the Twelve Apostles, Saturdays The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa has recently added jazz to its brunch buffet at Azure Restaurant. The indulgent buffet includes some of Executive Chef Henrico Grobbelaar’s signature dishes in combination with hot and cold buffet items. Guitarist Jeremy Oliver provides the soundtrack of soulful jazz favourites. Cost: R225/head. +27 (0)21 437 9000,

Die Burger Proefees, 27–28 July This year’s edition of Die Burger Proefees is taking place at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in Durbanville, where the fine wine offerings of 50 top

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wineries will be showcased. Participating estates include Altydgedacht, Boekenhoutskloof, Helderberg Wijnmakerij, Jordan, Leeuwenkuil, Morgenster, Muratie, Raka, Sumaridge and Molteno (Winters Drift). Entry is R75/person. +27 (0)21 914 1822,

Wine and Whales Weekend, 27–29 July De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve in the Cape Agulhas region has combined guided whale-watching excursions and wine-tasting into a weekend of indulgence and insight. Hosts from the region’s wine estates include Black Oystercatcher, Creation Jean Daneel, Quoin Rock, The Berrio, Zoetendal, Lomond and Strandveld. +27 (0)21 422 4522,

Wine and Whales Weekend

Franschhoek Winter Wines, 4 August The Franschhoek Motor Museum at L’Ormarins Estate is the venue for the Franschhoek Winter Wines event, where more than 30 of the valley’s finest wineries will be showcasing their top winter wines. Participating estates include La Bri, Morena, Colmant, Môreson, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Franschhoek Cellars, Bellingham, Noble Hill, Leopard’s Leap, La Motte, Solms-Delta and Haut Espoir. Guests will get the opportunity to engage with the winemakers and enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, while motoring enthusiasts are sure to get revved up by the museum’s 100 years of motoring history. Tickets: R180/person, including a tasting of all wines on show. +27 (0)21 876 2861,

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Pellet stoves (left) are extremely efficient, fully automated heating systems. They use wood pellets, manufactured from compressed sawdust and wood waste, as fuel. Pellets are clean burning and have a low carbon footprint. They are made in South Africa and are now available at Calore retail stores. By choosing pellet stoves you can reduce electricity consumption by up to 53%. Pellets


create only a layer of fine fly-ash as a by-product of combustion.



Built-in fireboxes (below left) are a considerate choice to the environment as


well, due to their reduced carbon emissions and low wood consumption.



Calore pellet stoves and built-in firebox units use a unique system, Multifire,


which distributes heat evenly from floor to ceiling. The system draws hot air


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An exclusive game lodge a stone’s throw from Langebaan is waiting to be snapped up



alued by Rode & Associates at just under a staggering R26 million, Thali-Thali Game Lodge is on the market for the bargain price of  R17,9 million, through Benguela Group. It is the only game reserve along the West Coast that’s currently on the market. Situated on the 1 460ha Zoutekuylen Farm and running inland from the R27 towards Hopefield, Thali-Thali comprises a manor house, guest house, luxury tented accommodation and self-catering cottages. The manor house has been renovated recently and there is scope for further development, with a second large house that’s just waiting to be turned into a B & B. The labourer’s cottages have been converted to luxury chalets and permission has been secured for the construction of 10 additional units, of which five have been built.  All licences and fencing are in place.

The manor house consists of five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room, linen room, covered veranda with swimming pool, laundry room, staff accommodation with toilet and shower, and a double garage. The rights have been secured to convert the second large building to a guest house.This property is made up of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen with fireplace, a living room and dining room, scullery and laundry room. The eight self-catering units include five luxury tents set in a circle and three West Coast-style chalets. The tents have en-suite bathrooms, a braai area and other amenities, including a bar and open-air lapa. There are two single-bedroom chalets and a twobedroom chalet as well as a marquee that’s available for functions – another potential source of revenue.

3 The farm is fully operational and has two storerooms, 10 pigsties, three windmills, large cattle kraals, waterholes, dams and natural fountains. Any game can be relocated to the reserve (apart from elephants, unless they are tamed and enclosed).  Existing game on the reserve includes zebra, springbok, kudu, black wildebeest, duiker, steenbok, eland and bontebok and a wide range of bird species. In addition to game-viewing, Thali-Thali offers a bow-hunting track and quad bike safaris. About two thirds of  Thali-Thali’s guests are local tourists and the rest are foreigners. Thali-Thali’s proximity to the CBD, Cape Town International Airport and Saldanha airport make it an appealing and feasible option for a game lodge stay. +27 (0)82 440 2050,

A raised luxury tent with magnificent views over the Thali-Thali fynbos and game reserve, close to Langebaan. 2Entertainment facilities include a bar, lapa and


swimming pool. 3Luxury tented accommodation at Thali-Thali Game Lodge. If you would like to have your hot mandate featured, email

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he interior living space of this warm and inviting home in the heart of desirable and quaint Newlands Village in Cape Town is double volume and open plan and decorated in hues of soft white and deep grape. The focal point of the sitting room is a Victorian fireplace fitted with a gas Jetmaster and framed by bookcases, with accent lighting designed to enhance the ambience of the room. The well-equipped, open-plan kitchen adds to the atmosphere of inviting, comfortable living without detracting from the graciousness and charm. A compact scullery houses all the standard appliances and offers direct access to the double garage via an automated door.  All rooms have underfloor heating. The original roofline was not altered but the ceilings were removed to expose the rafters and create height in the living room. A staircase fitted with a bespoke wrought-iron balustrade has become a feature in this area and provides access to the mezzanine study. Here, opening skylights have been installed to allow for fresh air, streams of sunlight and beautiful views of the mountain. This inspiring space has a shower room en suite, allowing it to double as guest accommodation. The main bedroom is beautifully appointed with built-in cupboards and wall-to-wall carpeting. An open-plan bathroom adjoins the bedroom, with frameless glass doors leading out onto a secluded courtyard featuring an outdoor shower and water feature. The comfortable second bedroom is also en suite and fitted with built-in cupboards and wall- to-wall carpeting. Because of heritage restrictions, it was not possible to extend the existing living space, so a generous veranda has been added to the length of the house, extending the flow between interior and exterior. In summer this wonderful living space becomes the hub of the home, where entertaining a party of 70 can be managed with ease. The criss-cross support structure of the roof is echoed in other parts of the house and skylights have been installed to maximise the natural light. Drop-down blinds have been added, affording further protection from the elements. Nicola Hadfield and Franchesca Watson collaborated to create a split-level garden. The long, narrow, cement-plastered pool, painted a dark charcoal, is centrally positioned in the upper section. Three ornamental waterspouts lend the pool charm. The lower half of the garden is a little less tamed. Here, an enclave and two loungers allow for lazing under the trees. The property is completely walled and has controlled access and a security system. Lew Geffen Sotheby International Realty, +27 (0)21 673 1240,; Nina Smith, +27 (0)82 774 4596; Cyndy Minnaar, +27 (0)82 577 7723

A flair for the


This heritage cottage has been lovingly renewed by interior designer, Nicola Hadfield



The cottage exudes style and charm. 2The covered


patio overlooks the pool and manicured lawns. The double-volume ceiling allows for a spacious


yet warm living area.


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Security meets serenity Hatch an investment

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Adare Place, by property developer Urban Space, offers security and luxury living in the Hen & Chicken Estate in Upper Claremont


ith its wooded avenues, views of the mountain and convenient location, Hen & Chicken Estate in Upper Claremont has long been one of Cape Town’s most desirable addresses. Once home to the estates of some of Cape Town’s most influential families, this exclusive enclave will soon accommodate one of the most anticipated developments in Cape Town – Adare Place, brought to you by high-end developer, Urban Space. Having found the perfect location, Urban Space, who has a portfolio of a number of successful, bespoke residential developments, set about creating the first estate of its kind in the area. This upmarket estate has been designed to fulfil both the desire for a finely crafted home and today’s all-important need for security. The seven sophisticated 21st-century homes at Adare Place will be built with the attention to detail,

pride of materials and workmanship reminiscent of an earlier era. For Urban Space, it’s all about quality and building homes that are not only a joy to live in, but also provide exceptional value for the discerning buyer. Urban Space accomplishes this through in- house control of the entire design and construction process, coupled with attention to detail that borders on the obsessive. Set on stands ranging from 990m2 to 2 816m2, the homes within Adare Place feature generously proportioned open-plan living areas opening through foldaway doors onto broad patios that seamlessly link interior spaces with the landscaped gardens and sparkling pools. All bedrooms are en suite. The large master suite, comprising a bedroom, lounge area, sumptuous bathroom and lavish dressing area, opens onto a sweeping balcony. One of the benefits of purchasing off plan from Urban Space is flexibility. With the help of Urban

Spaces’ in-house architect, buyers have the option of not only changing the interior layout, but also increasing or decreasing the size of their home. When it comes to interior finishes, Urban Space offers an extensive range of bespoke finishes and options for you to choose from.  All the homes are oriented in a northwesterly direction for optimum sun management and to ensure your privacy. Energy-saving and resourcesaving systems, including efficient solar-assisted water heating and grey-water recycling, are standard. Then there’s the security.  The entire development is access controlled and surrounded by electric fencing, and state-of-the-art security systems are integrated into the design of the homes. From the moment you arrive at the front gate, you can relax and enjoy everything this unique development has to offer. At the time of going to press, Urban Space had already sold two of the units at Adare Place, prior to any marketing or launch.

Urban Space +27 (0)21 701 6401,

Upton Properties Mark Upton +27 (0)21 683 0088, +27 (0)82 890 2888,

Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Barbara Manning +27 (0)21 673 1240, +27 (0)83 407 3656,

2 2 The magnificent views that can be enjoyed from classy Adare Place in Upper Claremont. 2Wicklow House, one of the seven luxury homes designed to offer seamless


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The recently built Oudebosch Cabins are a shining example of environmentally responsible architecture that prioritises ecology without losing beautiful design Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs CapeNature | 27

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he drive along the winding R44 from Cape Town towards Kleinmond is characterised by the dramatic Cape Fold Belt that looks like it’s from the set of a blockbuster sci- fi film. Sitting in the passenger seat really allowed me to appreciate these breathtaking feats of nature, all the while receiving a fascinating lesson about the area’s ecology from my driver, Justin Cooke. Although Justin’s affability and in-depth knowledge could secure him a position as an ecological tour guide, he is in fact an architect, and the reason for this trip was a site visit to his latest project, Oudebosch Cabins at Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Justin, the founder of Architecture Co-op, has become a specialist in his approach to architecture, one that prioritises nature and ecology as opposed to one where buildings and large structures tend to dominate landscapes. It’s a kind of architecture that responds to natural surroundings and one that isn’t at all visible on the drive through Gordon’s Bay where, in his words, the extravagant homes along the cliff look like ‘sputniks’ – over-scaled, seemingly foreign and out of place and dominating the landscape. When CapeNature, the body that manages Kogelberg Nature Reserve, advertised a public tender for consultants to design for the reserve a sustainable eco-tourism development that followed best ecological practice, Justin knew that he and his team at Architecture Co-op were perfect for the job. ‘It was a unique project that I knew we could make a contribution to, as I have had extensive experience in working in sensitive wilderness environments, including the Western Cape coastal thicket, Eastern Cape Sunshine Coast, Breede River and Lowveld Big Five Reserve, many of which required an environmental impact assessment (EIA). Previous experience equipped me with the base skills to recognise the significance of the proposed site of the five cabins,’ he says. But this site isn’t your average State-run nature reserve: Kogelberg is South Africa’s first declared biosphere reserve, home to the most complex biodiversity on the planet, and part of Unesco’s worldwide network of biosphere reserves. It is also considered to be the ‘heart of fynbos’, with the location of the Oudebosch cabins being the ‘heart within the heart’, Justin explains. To say that the pressure was on when Justin wrote the tender proposal is an understatement. ‘The basis of our proposal was an integrated and multidisciplinary environmental approach. Our proposal won, and specialist contactor, GVK-Siya Zama, was commissioned by CapeNature to execute the project. The first phase of mapping and understanding the site began,which included knowing what the opportunities and restrictions were,’ says Justin. But this was just the first of many steps. Each aspect of the project had to be put through rigorous assessments of its potential impact on the sensitive ecology before Justin and the rest of the appointed team could go ahead. This was done in conjunction with numerous workshops held with all the factions involved, including CapeNature and the respective specialists in hydrology, botany, construction, engineering, surveying, economics and energy. ‘It was a continuous collective evaluation and integrated design process with all of these specialists intrinsically involved, the results of which became instructive for the design of the cabins,’ he says. The result of this four-year-long process is a small conference facility, an eco-friendly swimming

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Opening page Each of the Oudebosch Cabins at Kogelberg Nature Reserve is positioned to open up onto the surrounding reserve, with no sign of the other cabins. Opposite, top to bottom The eco-pool is situated in the centre of the site and is not only for swimming in, but also doubles as an attractive water feature full of plants; the pergola provides shelter from sunlight and heat while creating a pretty dappled effect on the deck. This page, top to bottom A wooden bridge allows guests to enjoy, but not disturb, the protected biodiversity within the reserve; the open-plan living areas of the cabins extend to the decks, making for easy indoor/outdoor living; accents of colour found in the surrounding fynbos have been incorporated into the interior finishes. | 29

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prime property pool and five beautifully designed two-bedroom, selfcatering cabins with all the modern conveniences and finishes that make them champions of ecodesign. The stereotype of grass and mud dwellings is expertly put to rest here. ‘The fact that there were such rigorous ecological demands meant that we had to think outside the box to come up with unique design solutions that responded directly to the site and environment. These constraints provided creative opportunities that allowed for a site-specific, contextual and environmentally responsive approach to imbed itself,’ says Justin. Before construction began, there were old timber dwellings on the site. These were linked up to the Eskom grid, which was used to provide electricity for the development. To minimise the consumption of energy, a range of measures have been incorporated, including the installation of solar geysers, gas hobs, combustion fireplaces, energy-efficient appliances and LED and CFL lighting. This means that a cabin occupied by four people will consume around 2kW/ day, which represents 10% or less of the typical electricity use of a middle-class South African household. There are many other technical green credentials incorporated in the Oudebosch Cabins. Lightweight South African pine has been used extensively for the frames, instead of cement. Stone gabions (wire baskets filled with stones from a local quarry) assist in providing essential fire protection in a fynbos-dense environment and create durable and attractive bases for some of the structures. The cabins

have been built along passive design principles, with careful orientation to provide shade, light and crossventilation. Then there is the issue of toilets, the one factor that causes many people to turn their noses up when it comes to eco-friendly technicalities. But these cabins have been fitted with composting toilets that are completely hygienic and surprisingly odour free. Not that well known in South Africa, this toilet system ensures that nothing is released into the ground. The waste dries and evaporates through a combination of heat and air that circulates through the system and the resultant compost can then be used for landscaping. Technicalities aside, what excites Justin the most about this project is the low visual impact these cabins have on the landscape and the rich spatial experience and aesthetic appeal. ‘All the materials used are locally sourced, non-toxic and have a natural look and feel to them. One of the primary building materials is FSCregistered South African pine, which is a good-quality, readily available and sustainable material. In addition, timber has a softness and warmth to it and allows for open, framed, light-filled spaces,’ he says. The roofs, says Justin, are another example of a contemporary aesthetic that responds to the landscape. They are segmented into pitched and flat roofs, the latter bearing rooftop gardens. ‘The roof gardens really add to the landscape and amplify the sense of being away from it all and in the wilderness,’ he says, ‘and they also have the function of providing insulation.’ Having only opened its doors to the public in February, Kogelberg Nature Reserve has already

received the International Holcim Regional Award for Sustainable Construction with Architectural Excellence for the sustainable public eco-tourism facility, Oudebosch. According to the judges, the facility won because it successfully balances tourists’ needs with the preservation of Kogelberg’s natural diversity. The five cabins and communal dining area are each named after fynbos flowers endemic to the area: palmiet, marsh rose, everlasting, erica and iris. Upon entering them you are amazed at how modern minimalist they are. The finishes are of the ilk of a designer home, with steel kitchens, floating timber shelves and glossy mosaic splashbacks.The floors are of a warming timber and there are some eye-catching lighting features by artist Brendan Dickerson, namely, collections of old wine bottles arranged in shapes of proteas. All of this is enclosed within floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows that have the effect of the surrounds being inside or your being in the surrounds. When I express this to Justin, he confirms, ‘The  intention was to connect visitors to this particular landscape, rich in fynbos and framed by the Cape Fold Mountains.’ With such good intentions all expertly fulfilled, the Oudebosch Cabins at the centre of the Cape Floral Kingdom will warm the cockles of anyone’s heart, from eco-warriors to design groupies. +27 (0)21 683 7047,; +27 (0)21 483 0000,

Opposite, top to bottom One of the bedrooms that feature Brendan Dickerson’s attractive wall light made from old wine bottles; Justin sourced tile offcuts for the cladding in the bathrooms. This page, left to right Attractive stone gabions in the braai area provide structural support and also help to protect the reserve against runaway fires; what Justin calls an ‘eco-tower’ – each cabin has an eco-friendly power station where the solar geyser, gas canisters for the stoves, and the fire extinguisher are stored. | 31


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Building up The team working on this project trumped many harsh challenges to deliver this literally top-end Oranjezicht home Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Tim Lake | 33



he position of this Oranjezicht home is prime. Situated along a quiet, winding road, just up from bustling Kloof Street, it’s orientated towards the west, high up on a slope of  Table Mountain, catching an abundance of the most prized resource in these parts – the sun. This three-storey, 240m2 home is sandwiched between two other properties, making the street view very narrow. But then you walk through the front passage to the bright first floor with its lounge, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and access to the garden and pool deck. From here the double-volume staircase leads your gaze upwards as light from every angle reflects off the white marbled floor and the steel railings of the staircase. On the second level, you are met by an ultramodern open-plan kitchen and dining area with an off-shutter concrete feature wall and extended balcony on the west side and open-plan TV room on the east side. But it’s the views of Signal Hill, the surrounding neighbourhood and the harbour in the distance that take your breath away as you appreciate how high up above the city you really are. The spatial flow of this level is easy – you feel as if you’re wafting through it. For architect Charles Thesen, this was the desired result, but with it came a lot of problem-solving, something that Charles professes is ‘his thing’. The client and his wife, who are both from Europe, bought the 420m2 site together with approved plans for the construction of a new house, as there was an existing heritage property on the site. The client was referred to contractor Jurgen Kuhnel of Cape Core Construction to put these plans into action. Because of the challenging site – narrow, sloping and difficult to access off the steep and narrow street – Jurgen enlisted Charles, with whom he had worked previously, to consult on the project. Charles says,  ‘Once the building was laid out we discovered errors on the site plan, which meant that the building had to be reduced in size to accommodate the existing boundary wall encroachments from both neighbouring sites. The underground conditions on these sites are often challenging and this project was no exception. We employed a top engineering firm to handle the structural aspects and their expertise was particularly important with the foundation design.’ Over and above this, they had to retain the structure of the old property and incorporate it into the new one, because of its heritage status. ‘The existing structure had to be kept, although the walls were weak and constructed from porous sun-dried bricks. Much of the budget was spent on the engineer-designed internal structural system to allow us to retain as much of the existing building as possible,’ he says. The City Council’s stipulations for building in this area allow for building upward to the height of three storeys, and so build upward they did. ‘The brief from the client was a modern family home that took advantage of the unique position, which meant maximising the views,’ he says. The clients, says Charles, knew exactly what they wanted, were decisive but also open to suggestions. ‘They showed me pictures of their old home in Europe, which had a very modernist Bauhaus aesthetic that they wanted to have in this one. The challenge, however, was to incorporate the old property in this look and feel,’ he says. That’s when Charles came up with the idea of juxtaposing materials and design facets – hard against smooth, rough against sharp. The result is a home where smooth- plastered brickwork sits comfortably next to the fairfaced un- plastered brickwork and where off-shutter concrete complements the white polished marble floors. The central charcoal steel staircase ties everything together. Climbing the staircase to the third level, you find the pinnacle of this home, the en-suite main bedroom. Because it’s a storey higher than the open-plan living area, the views are unbelievably more dramatic. Taking in the vistas, you realise just how much can be done on a small site when the right people are involved.

Gossow & Harding Construction, +27 (0)21 511 3101

QDP Lighting & Electrical Design, +27 (0)82 567 8128

Prominent Paints PPG, +27 (0)11 389 4600

The Modern Group, +27 (0)21 551 4564

Right, top and bottom Prominent Paints, a fully integrated member of PPG, is a leading architectural paint manufacturer in SA, thanks to its extensive knowledge of local conditions and the technical support of PPG. Prominent Paints is committed to manufacturing and marketing paint products that are 100% lead free, adhere to international practices and promote environmental sustainability. All Ultra and Premium range products used for the interiors and exteriors of this home are SABS approved and have a 7- and 10-year life expectancy, respectively. The interior walls are painted with Prominent Paints Premium Matt and the interior wood finishes in Prominent Paints Ultra Sheen. The exterior walls are painted with Prominent Paints Premium Textured.

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Prominent Paints PPG, +27 (0)11 389 4600


Caesarstone, +27 (0)83 608 5810

This page, top left Established 25 years ago, Caesarstone is the manufacturer of the original quartz surface. Caesarstone offers an array of stunning design solutions for any interior. Countertops, vanities and wall cladding are enhanced by Caesarstone’s eco-friendly surfaces, which carry a lifetime warranty. The countertops featured here are Mocha (2370), complemented by a Fusion (4350) elevated inset. Centre left Cape Core Construction’s dedicated team of experienced project managers and contractors pay attention to the smallest of details, committing themselves to lasting quality and promoting efficient management of resources. They have earned a reputation for being extremely responsive to their clients’ needs throughout the design and Cape Core Construction, +27 (0)83 282 9285

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Cannata Granite, +27 (0)21 510 8553

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WOMAG (World of Marble & Granite), 08611 WOMAG (96624)

Charles Thesen and Associates, +27 (0)82 721 6434

Above left WOMAG (World of Marble & Granite) enjoys the reputation for being South Africa’s preferred supplier of quality natural stone and porcelain tiles for flooring, wall and surface applications. Shown here is WOMAG’s Vibrant Bianco Venato Polished porcelain 600 x 600mm tiles, retailing at R209/m2 plus VAT. Also featured is the wall-hung Bellini Diamond toilet, featuring a unique soft close seat, retailing for R2 629 plus VAT. Above right Charles Thesen is a professional architect registered with SACAP and the Association of Arbitrators. He has more than 25 years’ experience in providing specialised architectural and contractual solutions, including dispute resolution, to other professionals, contractors and clients on complex medium- and small-scale projects.

Professionals list … Cape Core Construction – Residential and Commercial Construction and Renovation Services +27 (0)83 282 9285,, Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces – Caesarstone Kitchen Surfaces +27(0)83 608 5810,, Charles Thesen & Associates – Architectural and Contract Consulting +27 (0)82 721 6434,, Prominent Paints PPG – Architectural Coatings +27 (0)11 389 4600,, WOMAG (World of Marble & Granite) – Tiles and Sanitaryware 08611 WOMAG (96624),, | 37






Sandbag building offers you the opportunity to own an energy-efficient home. Building is quicker, inexpensive, and gives you greater flexibility

and has been the most widely used construction material for the last 10 000 years. Sandbag building has been going on throughout the Western Cape for the last 20 years and has been used in the construction of many diverse structures, from double-storey houses to large municipal offices. Sandbag building offers you the opportunity to own homes that are healthier for you to live in, as they are free of cold, mould and damp. The combination of sandbags and a light beam structure can be seen as a modified timber frame house. Once the roof is in place, the building looks and feels like a plastered brick structure. Any room size or floor-to-ceiling height can be achieved. This flexibility is just one of the many advantages that makes this building technology perfect for any project. Significantly, the cost is a lot lower than conventional building, and build time is halved. For example, an average three-bedroom, 150m2 simplex can be completed within a month at a cost of less than R3 300/m2. This includes all finishes, the roof, tiling, plumbing, electrical, ceiling and so on. Even more impressive, though, is the structure itself, which is eco-friendly and superior to a conventional brick wall in so many ways: a sandbag structure offers a lot more mass and is therefore impervious to the weather, is waterproof,

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fireproof and thermally highly efficient, meaning you’ll feel warmer in winter and cooler in summer, and is acoustically superior to a standard brick wall. The procedure of drilling holes and securing brackets into a sandbag wall is no different to the way it is done for a standard brick wall. If you are planning to build a new home, take advantage of the new technology available to make your life more comfortable, quieter and more secure. This use of affordable materials has been proven over and over again, and the original budget pays for itself in reduced energy and thermal costs. Plus, the energy-efficient home you build today will earn you higher resale value as more and more potential buyers look for homes with lower electricity demand. You can’t miss that tangible feeling of, ‘This is a home worth living in!’ Sandbag homes save you energy, save you money and are healthier for you to live in. Help create a healthier future by investing in an energy-conscious and thermally efficient home today. ‘The bottom line is that with the sandbag building system, better-quality homes can be built for less money, using ecologically sound materials,’ says Arn Silvester of EcoBeam International.

Contact EcoBeam International to find out more: Arn Silvester, +27 (0)82 553 5560,,



If we were to build a green home, this is how we would go about it Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Supplied


n these pages, we bring you products and technologies that you should consider when building a green home or converting to green.We start with the first layer, the raw materials, followed by the second layer, finishes, and finally

the third layer, decor items and accessories. We also speak to experts in the fields of green building and product manufacture. Going green is all about a shift in consciousness. The products, technologies and appliances that we feature on these pages have been selected not

necessarily because they comply with every single green guideline and requirement (that would be a rare find), but because we believe that the intention of their manufacturers is to further this shift in consciousness. In short, if the intention is green, we’re keen! | 39


As with anything that has longevity, it all starts with the raw materials and foundations. Here we bring you materials and products used in the initial stages of green building that not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also help you to reduce your utilities bill.

BUILDING BLOCKS Bricks, the most basic and trusted of building materials, have traditionally been made from concrete, which in recent years has gotten bad press because of the CO2 emitted during the manufacturing process. Today the use of recycled materials for brick-manufacturing is the solution. Cape Brick manufactures a wide range of building units with very low CO2 emissions and with an average of 70% recycled materials. Based in the Western Cape, the family-run business uses approximately 70 000t of recycled material per year. That’s an estimated 10% of Cape Town’s total recycled building waste materials. Cape Brick products are only available in the Western Cape. +27 (0)21 511 2006,

THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL Plascon’s Professional Evolution range is available on a made-to-order basis and tinted according to specifications with a solvent-free colourant. The paints are free of VOCs, formaldehyde, glycols, ammonia, lead and other harmful chemicals used in traditional paint, and are as effective as Plascon’s premium products. 086 020 4060,

CORE TEMPERATURE Insulation is the key to building green. By correctly insulating from the beginning stages, whether it’s the walls, floors or ceilings, you can save dramatically on other functionalities aimed at keeping living temperatures moderate. The Pietermaritzburg-based business, Thermguard, takes pride in its green stance. Thermguard Cellulose Fibre Insulation is made up of 80% recycled newsprint and is created through a low-energy process. It is a useful product for all seasons too: in winter, this roofing and ceiling insulation keeps 91% of heat inside the house and in summer it keeps 88% of the summer heat out. Thermguard delivers and installs nationwide as well as in Gaborone. +27 (0)33 346 0111,

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RAYNE NEAVE, owner of Eco Exhibit in Northgate, Cape Town, gives us his insight into green construction and development trends.

Q What are ‘green’ buildings?

Green buildings respect the natural environment through the efficient use of energy, water and other renewable resources while minimising waste and pollution. This positively affects the health and productivity of its occupants. Being environmentally conscious is an ongoing challenge throughout the life cycle of a green building, from conception to demolition. To ensure a successful green development, the architects, engineers, designers and client all

IN HOT WATER Solar water heaters can save you up to 75% on your hot water costs and are becoming an increasingly popular means of thermal water heating. A north-facing solar panel is installed on the roof of your home to collect energy from the sun. This energy is then used to heat up water that’s then stored in a hot water cylinder. Solaheat, a company specialising in the

need to work closely as a team.

Q Why should we consider solar energy?

The use of solar energy has a positive

distribution and installation of solar water heaters, has a range of different panels to suit small

environmental offset and assists with

and large households. Solaheat’s flagship product, Solahart, is of such good quality that it can

reducing the homeowner’s electricity

last for up to 30 years. Say goodbye to your energy-guzzling geyser and exorbitant electricity

bill. Solar power is a viable alternative

bills. Nationwide delivery. +27 (0)21 713 3734,

to fossil fuels and some alternative energy sources, as the end product gives off no CO2 waste and uses the natural energy from the sun to generate electricity or hot water. In the near future we can expect phenomenal interest in solar-powered sports stadiums that will produce enough electricity to support 80% of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Q Why should we build with wood?

This is because it can be reused and recycled extensively. Experts recommend using reclaimed wood, since this will prevent more trees from being felled. Reclaimed wood is also often stronger and more stable than freshly cut wood because it has been exposed to more changes in temperature and moisture.

Q What advances are on the greening horizon? GREEN STEEL Steel is essential to the building of a home. It’s innately eco-friendly in that it lasts a lifetime, doesn’t rot, warp or decompose and can therefore keep being reused. However, the best eco-credential of steel is that it is 100% recyclable. Bluescope Steel’s Clean Colorbond is a steel roof application that’s now available in various shades to suit different tastes. The Clean Colorbond products can be disassembled and reused in their current form for any number of applications, saving on the cost and energy of making new products. Nationwide delivery. +27 (0)21 442 5420,

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has invented solar panels in the shape of plants. The solar cell modules resemble a normal plant exactly and incorporate solar panel technology to tap the sun’s energy during the day. Solar paint, invented at the University of Newcastle, is another one. +27 (0)21 510 4000, | 41



This is where the fun begins. When you get to add eco-friendly finishes and applications to your home. This step involves inserting some personality into your home while choosing products that are easy on the environment. Who said going green has to be bland?

Cannata Granite’s range of recycled quartz stone, Second. Life, is comprised of 95% recycled and reintegrated materials. Cannata Granite is a member of the Green Building Council of SA. Second. Life also meets the requirements of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The beautifully finished product has seamless joins and edges and is available in a variety of colours and thicknesses, which can be custom made to suit distinctive styles and budgets. This hard-wearing material is deal for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, wall cladding and floor tiling. Nationwide delivery. +27 (0)21 510 8553,

A FEEL FOR FLOORING Bestwood Flooring has been committed to supplying timber flooring products from internationally recognised sustainable resources since its inception. The company sources the timber for its floorboards from sustainable forest plantations and its engineered floorboards make use of multi-ply Russian birch substrates and adhesives that are made to stringent EU standards. The pre-finished floor products are coated in lowemission sealants. Ships nationwide. +27 (0)21 465 1035,

SUSTAINABLE SPRAY Cobra Watertech has been selected as a national partner in Eskom’s new Residential Mass Roll-Out Programme, which upon registration will see energy-saving technologies being installed in homes across SA, free of charge. The products that Cobra Watertech is supplying for this roll-out are its water-efficient shower heads, and for those who don’t want to change their shower fittings, the installation of Cobra flow restrictors to improve water efficiency in homeowners’ existing shower heads. The restrictors (standard with Cobra shower heads) are designed for use with overhead and hand showers. Pressure- compensating flow restrictors limit water flow to an efficient 9L/minute without disrupting the shower head’s spray pattern. To register for Eskom’s Residential Mass Roll-Out Programme, go to 086 121 2121,

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Ecospecifier is an online portal servicing the green building sector by providing a search interface for users looking for independently assessed green products and suppliers. We speak to Ecospecifier South Africa CEO, LIZETTE


Q What sort of response have your services received from industry? There has been an increasingly

stronger response from architects, designers, builders. When Ecospecifier was launched in South Africa in 2009, nearly 350 people attended the launch function. The usage of the website has expanded from approximately 13 000 page views in the first year to approximate annual average of 80 000 views since 2010, indicating an expansion in interest in green building materials in South Africa.

Q What are some of the main searches conducted and what are some of the more popular products? PANDERING TO BAMBOO

Floors are a major search category along with insulation, eco-panels,

Bamboo was only introduced to South Africa several years ago, but it’s rapidly becoming the

paints and kitchen countertops. Cape

eco-friendly alternative to hardwoods. Why, you may ask? Well, mainly because of its rapid

Brick and Penetron’s waterproofing

growth rate. Bamboo stems mature in about five years and the oldest stems in each clump are

system are the front runners.

harvested yearly without killing the plant and without leaving a deforested landscape behind it. Bamboo forests also absorb more CO2 per hectare than equivalent timber forests. But the best part is that bamboo products have a net-positive carbon footprint, in other words, more CO2 is consumed by the plants while they are growing than is released during the manufacture and transport of the finished products. Panda Bamboo was one of the first companies to introduce this material to South Africa and its products, including flooring, cladding and kitchen fittings, are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). If you’re looking for an ecofriendly alternative to timber, with the same aesthetic appeal, this is it. Available nationwide. 086 111 4971,

Q What are the three most important things that people wanting to fit out their homes with green fittings should consider? Wall, floor and ceiling finishes are

the largest single areas involved with


the largest potential to negatively influence air quality and health

Great advances have been made in

through VOCs and things such

the field of water-saving loos. Duravit

as hormone disruption, so these

has been manufacturing toilets with

would be the top issue. Then the

reduced flushing volume as well as

materials that furniture and joinery,

dual-flushing capability since the

such as kitchen cupboards, are

’80s, reducing a household of four’s

made from have high potential for

water consumption by 17 000L of

carcinogenic formaldehyde release.

water a year. This is set to decrease

Soft furnishings, such as fabrics, foams

still further with the introduction of

and vinyls, also have high potential for

Duravit’s dual-flush 3L/4,5L system.

hormone disruption and toxicity under

Part of Duravit’s Starck 3 range, the

combustion. Timber certification is

unit shown here was designed by

important. Make sure the source of the

Philippe Starck. Available nationwide.

timber is legal and preferably has an

+27 (0)11 722 9060,

FSC Chain of Custody certificate. +27 (0)21 790 0286, | 43


Eco-friendly furniture and appliances are a big trend in interior decorating, not only because they employ sustainable materials – and in the case of appliances, technology that furthers the sustainability of resources – but also because they look so good. These decor accessories and appliances get our green stamp of approval.

SHOOTING PELLETS This automated Pellet Stove, part of Italcotto’s Calore range of eco-friendly fireplaces and stoves, runs on electricity, but only to regulate the consumption of the wood pellets. Because they’re carbon neutral and manufactured from compressed sawdust and wood waste sourced from SA’s timber industry and alien vegetation, the pellets are considered a renewable biofuel. The heat is regulated by the chosen setting and the pellets are fed into the fireplace and ignited automatically for optimal fuel consumption. After ignition, the electricity consumption is, give or take, a low 0,1 kWh. Available nationwide. 0860 225 673,



Recreate is an interior design and

Heath Nash has been wowing us with his

furniture- repurposing company that gives a new

eco-conscious lighting designs ever since

and entirely different life to discarded furniture and

his first appearance at Design Indaba. Heath

accessories. With a shelf added here, an upholstered

has a talent for turning discarded plastic

seat there, the items are functional, innovative,

items (mostly bottles and other containers)

recycled and eye-catching. One of Recreate’s

into beautiful lighting pieces. One of his

newest designs is a vintage oven turned kitchen

latest designs is the Laurel pendant lamp,

storage unit. The oven cavity now functions as a

made from recycled plastic bottles and

cupboard and the grill plate has been replaced

wire. It’s packed flat to keep transport costs

with a custom-made chopping board that can

down and comes with instructions on how

be removed for cleaning. Nationwide delivery.

to shape it into a light. Nationwide delivery.

+27 (0)21 447 0007,

+27 (0)21 447 5757,

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JAPIE COMBRICK of Wowhouse explains the ins and outs of sourcing eco-friendly furniture.

Q What’s the key to sourcing green furniture?

There are many products and services on the market that claim to be green or eco-friendly simply because these terms are open to interpretation. For Wowhouse, our green statement considers firstly the origin and then the entire lifecycle of


the raw material and the final product. Questions people should consider

Wowhouse specialises in furniture and lifestyle items made out of sustainable materials

include: where is the raw material

from local sources. We love this custom-made outdoor lounger, which is made from saligna

from, where and how is the product

wood that comes from a sustainable managed plantation in George. Part of the Eucalyptus

manufactured and what is the impact

species, saligna wood is a local green alternative to woods such as balau, an imported

of the product on the environment

rainforest timber. This lounger has been left untreated to grey naturally and the seat bases

after manufacturing? A product

open up to offer storage for outdoor cushions and throws. Only available in Cape Town.

made locally from felled alien trees is

+27 (0)82 378 2985,

greener than something manufactured from ‘certified’ green material that is imported from overseas. We believe that the carbon footprint of a product is the key consideration in the green debate. Imported timber could never be greener than locally grown timber, felled ethically, simply because of the high carbon impact of transportation of the product to South Africa. Finally, an informed decision should also be based on the ethics of the labour and manufacturing processes involved in the development of a product. The next time you encounter something ‘green’, check whether any of these claims are substantiated.

Q Are more people becoming interested in green furniture? Absolutely. Green is the new black!

With the global green revolution came the consumer’s rights to access to product information. Most consumers want to do the right thing and make environmentally responsible decisions about how they live and what they buy. Many, however, are currently misled or disillusioned by


product greenwashing (the practice of claiming that a product is green

Specialising in premium refrigerators and freezers, Liebherr manufactures and supplies

when it is not) and many believe that

domestic and commercial appliances and is dedicated to eco-friendly technology from start

green almost always implies that

to finish. To optimise energy efficiency, Liebherr uses recyclable plastics and reuses the heat

something would be more expensive

generated in the manufacturing process. Liebherr’s factories are certified with the International

or available to an exclusive group.

Environmental Energy Standard. In the early ’90s Liebherr was the first manufacturer

For Wowhouse, green means all

to present a full range of refrigerators and freezers that were free of CFC’s and HCFC

things local, including local skills

refrigerants, confirming its commitment to eco-consciousness. Last year, Liebherr presented

development and the empowerment

16 new wine-cooler models at the IFA 2011 Exhibition, all of them lauded for their sleek design

of women in green manufacturing.

and optimised technology that makes them more efficient, quieter and larger. Available from

+27 (0)82 378 2985,

Cool Guys. Nationwide delivery. +27 (0)21 552 3457; | 45


Natural order For land artist Strijdom van der Merwe, nature and the landscape are palette, brush and medium Words Anne Schauffer Photographs Strijdom van der Merwe

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DESIGN profile

Opening page Constructing ladders from bamboo, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg. This page, above Sculptural tree, Waterkloof Wine Estate, Somerset West. Below Wrappng 393 trees in red fabric in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.


trijdom van der Merwe grew up on a farm in Meyerton, south of Johannesburg, and that closeness to the soil remains the tie that binds. For him, it was the basis for everything that came after: ‘As a child on a farm, when you come home from school and need to keep yourself busy, you spend time outside, often alone, in the landscape. If you do that often enough, you find something to do with rocks or grass – change it, bend it, twist it to make patterns – and over time, you look at the natural world differently.’  The different soil types on the farm had also prompted the family to establish a brick factory, and the colours and textures of the soil would come to have a strong link to the work Strijdom would later do. Strijdom is the youngest of four brothers and he’s convinced that was the only reason why, in ‘a

nice Afrikaans family’, he was allowed to study art. A grin. ‘Well, the oldest brother must inherit the farm, the second brother became a priest – that was the religious side covered – the third went into academics – another cornerstone – so when it came to me, I could probably do whatever I wanted.’ He studied graphic art and he recalls how supportive his parents were: ‘Arriving home at the end of each year, the only question my father would ask was, “Are you happy?” And I’d say, “Yes, Dad, I’m happy.” And he’d reply, “Then so am I.”’ After graduating, Strijdom worked at the University of Stellenbosch for the next eight years, initially as the in-house graphic designer and next as a computer graphics teacher and part-time Sculpture lecturer. ‘But still in the afternoons, weekends and holidays I would end up doing my own land art. I did

some drawing and painting, but that never really got me going. It was always the need to go back to the land, to the earth. I always wanted to get out of the studio, away from the computer. Sitting in an office, I felt as if life was happening outside. I had to go back there and feel the sun and the cold.’ At age 30, he resigned. ‘I gave up the pension, the medical aid, the house subsidy and the good salary. My heart wasn’t in it, and I thought that if I had to spend the next 30 years of my life doing that work, I would die of boredom.’ Instead, he went to Prague to study further. ‘I’d discovered other people around the world doing similar work, but very few in South Africa. People here still believe that in order to see art, you have to go to a gallery. It’s an educational thing, because people aren’t used to land art. They don’t see | 47

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DESIGN PROFILE value in non-permanent sculptures, installations or even work in public spaces. If I ask somebody to come to the opening of my exhibition, they want to know whether they should bring their invitation. People still have this limited notion of how art should be.’ He smiles wryly as he describes how corporates responded to his requests for sponsorships for a sculpture that would last a day or a week: ‘It was unthinkable.Yet an 80-minute rugby game … But overseas, land art is a big thing.’ Strijdom remembers the impact his first project in Prague had on him. They were called ‘soft sculptures’. ‘They didn’t have to be made out of the traditional bronze, granite or any other way we’d always thought about sculpture. They could be something that lasted for a few minutes. Our lecturer said, “You have a day to make a small sculpture. Only one rule: you can’t buy anything.” Usually if you make something, you head to the hardware store and buy nails and wood. He opened us up to the idea that we could look at something, at everything, differently: a leaf, a stick, a stone, has something sculptural to it, and perhaps you’ve never looked at it in that way before. You know that in autumn the leaves change colour and the way you place them can make a kaleidoscope of, say, greens, yellows, reds and browns. Stones have different textures, and when you talk about texture, you come back to the basic things you learnt in art school: texture, perspective, colour. Those things are all in nature – your materials and paintbrush are leaves, stones, water and soil.’

Nature had two more lessons in store for Strijdom. ‘I walked past a building site and picked up some sand, two different kinds, one reddish, one white, and I made a two-tone drawing in sand,’ he says. While he was busy working, he began to see how the soil in his backyard was one colour, the soil of the Karoo, red, and that of Namibia, white. ‘Suddenly I looked at nature differently and started seeing how things could potentially be used artistically.’ He also realised that if you build something in the landscape, you need to work with the natural cycles: ‘So if you place a line of flags in a field and the wind blows very strongly then nature is playing its part and the sculpture is working with the wind. No wind, and the sculpture becomes an entirely different artwork.’ Strijdom documents his work, beautifully photographing each piece of art, but he dismisses the idea that he’s a skilled photographer. ‘I use the camera on automatic. It’s about the work. The photo looks good because the subject matter was created in such a way that the balance, colour and perspective are perfect.The photography is just a way of documenting it.’ Equally important is the moment you shoot and the position from which you shoot. ‘For example, I know that the mountain should be in the background because the artwork relates to it or that the sculpture works best when there are no shadows.’The artwork is site specific. It exists because of the landscape around it, so if Strijdom was to produce the same work elsewhere, it would be an entirely different piece: ‘The way I take the photograph shows that this is the

landscape. As one British artist said,“The landscape has a greater impact on me than I have on the landscape.” That’s important – you don’t want to push your own ego; you work with the landscape, subtly and softly.’ Strijdom describes what’s at the heart of his work: ‘I believe we all have this urge to create a kind of order. When it isn’t there, you look at an object, and that’s it. But the moment you do something to it which creates order, you feel more comfortable. It’s like walking on the beach, collecting stones and arranging them in a certain pattern - you immediately feel comfortable. Rearranging what is there in an ordered pattern immediately responds to or corresponds with what we know. ‘Of course, inspiration comes from many sources; it’s essentially the sum of one’s life experience. But for me it’s ultimately the landscape that I want to work in and with, and when I find a landscape that resonates with me, I recognise it. I sit there and reflect on everything that’s had an impact on me and then, maybe, little ideas come along.’ A small smile.‘And, of course, there are the crowdpullers and the private work: the wrapping of 393 trees in red fabric in Stellenbosch for a month. And the smaller, personal works – when I’m absolutely solitary somewhere in the Tankwa Karoo or somewhere where there’s no cellphone reception, and I just drag my feet and make a mark in the sand or draw a line.That close connection between you and the earth, with nobody else around – that’s intensely personal.’ +27 (0)21 886 6496,

Opposite, clockwise from top Line of Red Flags, Western Cape; sculpting sand cones on a beach near Gordon’s Bay, Western Cape; self-portait. This page, below Weaving a ball from sticks, Stellenbosch. | 49


STBB MERGER: CK FRIEDLANDER SHANDLING VOLKS INC It is with great pleasure that we announce the merger of our firm with the well known Cape Town law firm CK Friedlander Shandling Volks Inc, with effect from 1 June 2012. The CK Friedlander directors and their staff will relocate to the Cape Town offices of STBB and the combined firm will practice as Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes. We are excited about the synergy amongst the personnel of the two merged firms and the ways in which our new colleagues’ skills and expertise will enhance our clients’ experience. We look forward to continued and combined success with directors and staff of CK Friedlander Shandling Volks on board.

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A green-star gathering Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Ruvan Boshoff

The stars of the construction and real estate industries came out to shine at the Table Bay Hotel’s Atlantic Grill


he Atlantic Grill restaurant at the Table Bay Hotel has incredible views of the harbour and Table Mountain. After all of us were welcomed by Sherwin Banda, the hotel’s GM, I wondered, while looking out over this dramatic seascape, what kind of green initiatives the V & A Waterfront, arguably SA’s most renowned mixed-use waterside development, had put in place. Mike Brokenshire, head of planning and development at the V & A Waterfront, cited many impressive green initiatives that had been and were to be implemented, such as a focus on public transport, encouraging people to walk more by connecting the Waterfront with the Sea Point Promenade and Green Point Urban Park. His colleague, Colin Devenish, executive head of operations, was more philosophical about the Waterfront’s green initiatives: ‘The education

of staff and tenants is the most important factor as well as the biggest challenge we have.You can do so much towards going green, but if tenants and visitors don’t see the benefit or understand it, then it won’t work.’ The theme of education in green practices, or lack thereof, came up numerous times. Ted Frazer, marketing manager at Seeff , and Colin Anderson, director of Rabie Property Group, had much to say about this, with Colin expressing concern that only when consumers’ pockets are affected by not being energy efficient do they actually start doing something about it: ‘The best thing to happen was Eskom’s rate hikes. Now the same thing needs to happen with water; our water in SA is too cheap.’ Dirk Slagmulder, MD of Daikin Air-Conditioning Systems, concurred with Colin and said he was amazed by the local market’s failure to see the long-term benefits of green

initiatives and that they were being blinded by the high upfront costs. After the sumptuous main course, I chatted to Bruce Kerswill, executive chairman of the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA). The last time I saw Bruce was when we featured his newly built eco-friendly house in our Green issue last year. He and his family had just moved in, and I wanted to find out how things were going there. ‘I absolutely love it!’ exclaimed Bruce. ‘There have been many changes and evolutions to it, which is par for the course as the house is its own eco-system. Nature takes time and everything is settling into itself nicely now, although I’ve been having some trouble with the organic veggie garden.’ The GBCSA’s biggest supporter is Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, and Richard

Guest list Dan Ancketill Duram Paints, Colin Anderson Rabie Property Group, Sherwin Banda The Table Bay Hotel, Mike Brokenshire V & A Waterfront, Paul Carew PJ Carew, Darryl Croome Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects, Colin Devenish V & A Waterfront, Michelle du Toit Old Mutual Properties, Susan Erwee The Property Magazine, Genevieve Fisher The Property Magazine, Ted Frazer Seeff, Derick Henstra DHK Architects, Michèle Jones The Property Magazine, Bruce Kerswill GBCSA, Lara Levy Creation Wines, Nicky Manson The Property Magazine, Rosanne Mitchell GBCSA, Dirk Slagmulder Daikin Air-Conditioning Systems, Barry Solomon Bestwood Flooring, Jacqueline Stow Axion Architects, Richard Thomas Nedbank Corporate Property Finance: Cape, Annetjie van Rooyen Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes, Stephen Whitehead Boogertman & Partners Architects.

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Thomas, who heads up the  Western Cape division, spoke passionately about green building: ‘We have a responsibility to further the reach of the GBCSA and to take opportunities for green building. Simultaneously, we also do this for our own corporation. We spend millions on greening our own buildings – our new Sandton offices, for example’. For me, the best thing about Property Dinners is how much I can learn at them. Stephen Whitehead, director at Boogertman & Partners Architects – a gold founder member of the GBCSA – filled me in on a discipline that’s caught his eye of late: biomimicry, or looking to nature and its systems to solve human problems. ‘Isn’t that going back to the starting point?’ I wondered. Jacqueline Stowe, director at Axion Architects, seemed to read my mind. ‘Green design is the basics of architecture,’ she confirmed. A development that everyone in the green building community is talking about is Portside, which, at 140m high, is tipped to be Africa’s tallest green building. It’s being backed by Old Mutual Properties, whose development manager, Michelle du Toit, said the group is very excited about it. Derick Henstra, chairman of DHK Architects, one of the firms heading up the development, agreed with her and said that it’s been an inspiring project: ‘It follows all good, green, sustainable philosophies. After all, we’re trying to save a planet here!’ And our planet is in good hands if this group of eco- aware professionals has anything to do with it.  Wearing green-tinted glasses never looked so cool.








Menu Starter Toasted pistachio Gorgonzola dolce risotto. Paired with 2011 Creation Chardonnay. Cauliflower soup with oxtail tasting and poached quail egg. Paired with 2011 Creation Chardonnay or 2010 Creation Pinot Noir. Main



Pan-roasted lamb loin with lamb shank ragout, saffron mash and brandied prune purée. Paired with 2010 Creation


Syrah Grenache.


Seared salmon on a confit of snoek


and potato crush, grilled asparagus

du Toit 16Annetjie van Rooyen 17Stephen Whitehead.

with lemon hollandaise. Paired with 2011 Creation Sauvignon Blanc or 2011 Creation Chardonnay. Dessert Banana brûlée, banana shake and coffee macaroons with caramelised banana filling. Served with coffee. The Atlantic Grill at The Table Bay Hotel, Quay 6, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. +27 (0)21 406 5000,

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Rosanne Mitchell 2Sherwin Banda 3Ted Frazer 4Colin Devenish, Dirk Slagmulder Jacqueline Stow 6Barry Solomon 7Darryl Croome 8Bruce Kerswill 9Mike Brokenshire Derick Henstra 11Colin Anderson 12Richard Thomas 13Paul Carew 14Dan Ancketill 15Michelle


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STARS Accredited professionals on how green building can work for you Saint-Gobain Gyproc Photograph Michael Glenister Location Moyo Melrose Arch Stauch Vorster Architects Photograph Tim Lake Location Stauch Vorster Architects Offices, Cape Town

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Atisha Gopichund Specification Support Manager

Tinus van der Westhuizen Director: Cape Town

Briefly tell us about your green achievements. In conjunction with attaining my Green Star Accredited Professional status, I participate regularly in environmental, energy management and general resource conservation workshops and associated conventions. I use the knowledge I gain to ensure that the products and systems developed by Saint-Gobain meet Green Star criteria as well as SANS 10400-XA requirements. Which green feature of your business excites you the most? Saint-Gobain SA has just released its very first sustainability review (you can access it on our website, The fact that we are committed to integrating sustainable principles into the very fabric of our business, from the development and manufacture of products to the way we treat our employees, suppliers and communities, is incredibly exciting! What benefits have green practices yielded for you personally? Aside from the comfort in knowing that I am doing my bit for reducing my family’s impact on the environment, it would be the significant reduction in my heating and cooling expenses, because of the incorporation of plasterboard, insulation, solar geyser, geyser blanket and pipe lagging, as well the indoor comfort factor.

Briefly tell us about your green achievements. Our understanding of the capital and operational impact of sustainable technologies stems from more than 30 years’ experience in this field and we apply this understanding to every project. We are proud corporate members of the GBCSA and we have three accredited professionals focusing on the Retail, Office and Multi-Residential rating tools. Our training programme also covers the SANS 204 and XA energy-efficiency regulations. We are training up on the forthcoming water usage regulations, too, so that our clients don’t get caught off guard when projects come online. What benefits have ‘going green’ yielded for your business? ‘Going green’ happened a long time ago – ‘being green’ needs constant work. We are finding that our staff members find a purpose in a particular aspect of green design, more so than in other specialist fields we train in, and it helps to differentiate leaders. Some of our staff see it as a moral obligation rather than a specialisation, and the discussions are great fun. Your favourite green ‘toy’? My favourite future toy would be an electric bike by Michael Czysz – one of the finest things designed by an architect, in my view.

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Newlands Village R9,5m - Sheer living pleasure for beautiful people


Diversity brewing

Founded on the beer-brewing industry, Newlands has a history best served cold. Today the suburb offers a wide selection of homes Words Catherine Riley Photographs Supplied


ewlands is a financially steady

Victorian-style villas and cottages are the

ago, stand alongside gentrified, charming,

suburb, predominately made up

most common type of residence in Newlands,

tiny cottages that sell for just over R3 million.

of residential homes. ‘In Newlands

though many of them have been renovated

And between these extremes there is a wide

the property market is stable and

to suit modern tastes. Estate agent Helen

range of family homes, townhouses, security

consistent, even when there is a downturn in the

Hoare says it is difficult to identify an ‘average’

estates and ministerial residences,’ says Helen.

market generally,’ says Andy Todd from Seeff.

home in Newlands. ‘One of the most appealing

A number of South Africa’s top schools are

aspects of Newlands is its rich diversity of

homebuyers alike. Helen says the ‘Great Trek

situated in Newlands, increasing its attraction

homes. Distinguished, historic homes, such as

south’ (every second or third buyer in the area is

for young families, but it’s not without its dining

the Old Brewery on Newlands Avenue, which

from Durban, Joburg or overseas) has gathered

and entertainment destinations.

sold for just under R30 million two years

pace, enriching Newlands’ character.






History on tap Newlands was established as a home to the beer-making industry and the golden brew motif appropriately carries through when locals visit their local watering holes or catch a game at one of the sports stadia with which the area is synonymous today. The Dutch settlers who came to reside here in the 17th century founded the beer industry in this area because the location is relatively wind free. The owners of the breweries lived in large residences and the labourers lived in what is today known as Newlands Village. The earliest cottages and houses within Newlands Village were on the edges of Newlands Estate and Papenboom, and between the years 1800 and 1900, further homes were constructed to accommodate workers for Ohlsson’s Cape Breweries (now SAB Newlands Breweries). Under apartheid, Newlands was classified as a White Group Area and non-whites were forced out of the area. Guided tours of SAB Newlands Breweries are available. Other historic sites include Josephine Mill on Boundary Road. Built in 1818 and restored by the Cape Town Historical Society in the years 1975 to 1998, it is Cape Town’s only surviving operational watermill.

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The agents speak We chat to Helen of Helen Hoare Properties, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Property Consultant (Newlands), Cyndy Minnaar, and Seeff Constantiaberg/Southern Suburbs licensee, Andy Todd.

Q Who lives in Newlands?

Helen: Newlands offers a diverse mix of old and young, locals and swallows, all far from suburbia. Residents of Newlands are largely nature lovers who commune with the mountain and treasure a lifestyle of walking their dogs, playing with their children and jogging on the paths of Newlands Forest to keep fit.

Q How has the Newlands property market performed over the last year?

Cyndi: The average size of a home sold in the last 12 months in the Greater Newlands area was approximately 290m2, with an average of three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, while the average selling price for the same period was R4,4 million.

Q What does the residential market offer buyers?

Andy: Three- to four-bedroom family homes on plots of under 1 000m2, plus the village area, consisting of historical cottages, as well as fairly opulent dwellings abutting mountain streams.

Q What is the history of Newlands Village?

Cyndi: Newlands Village was an area of high-density housing set between large estates, including Westerford, Montebello, Newlands and San Souci. The area contained a mix of housing types and social classes and was racially mixed as a result of its social and historical origins.

Q What, in your opinion, makes Newlands a fantastic place to live?

Opposite, top A Newlands home on the market for R13 million via Seeff. This page, top to bottom This large home with mountain views is available through Seeff; the fountain at the Vineyard Hotel; historic cottage in Newlands Village, on sale through Lew Geffen Sotheby’s.

Helen: Newlands is predominantly residential, with small clusters of restaurants, coffee shops, food shops and boutiques, and is happily characterised by a refreshing absence of shopping malls! Why enclose yourself in labyrinths of concrete and consumerism when you can sit under 300-year-old camphor trees at the Gardener’s Cottage for brunch or sit alongside a continuous stream of international visitors on the beautiful patios and lawns of the Vineyard Hotel for lunch? | 57


Things to see and do in Newlands Indulge in high tea at the Vineyard Hotel. Visit Montebello Design Centre on Newlands Avenue for art galleries, jewellers and design studios. Shop at the landmark Avenue Café, which is run by the Bahadkar family. Spend a day in nature at Newlands Forest or visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Watch live sports at Newlands Rugby Stadium and Newlands Cricket Ground and round off the day with a drink at the historical local favourite, Forester’s Arms Pub and Restaurant, affectionately dubbed ‘Forries’.

Clockwise from top left A garden sculpture at Montebello Design Centre; Newlands village buzz; the Rose Café sells hand-picked, fresh-cut roses and exclusive gifts; Josephine Mill still turns out freshly ground flour; the David Krut Gallery; a home on Upper Paradise Road, on sale through Lew Geffen Sotheby’s.

With thanks to… Helen Hoare Properties, +27 (0)83 658 2970, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, +27 (0)21 673 1244, Seeff Constantiaberg/Southern Suburbs, +27 (0)21 794 5252,

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Newlands - The place to live! The choice suburb of Newlands lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain at 34 degrees south latitude. Conveniently situated, it is only minutes away from the Cape Town city centre, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and the international sporting venues of Newlands Rugby and Cricket. Good winter rainfall and a mild Mediterranean climate provide beautiful green surroundings. Newlands has an air of charm and tranquillity with gracious homes and charming historic cottages boasting lush gardens set in tree lined avenues. Steeped in history, Newlands is home to many National Monuments as well as South Africa's oldest school, brewery and sporting grounds.

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The big picture is healthy We need to look forward … The market may have lost its direction, but it will never stop moving

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he gloomy sentiment in the residential property sector is difficult to understand and leads me to believe that, with rare exceptions, economists and other market commentators may be reading statistics and indicators while looking backwards. From my viewpoint, demand that has been dammed up since December 2007 – the start of the longest downturn I’ve seen in my 25-year career in residential property – is now beginning to flow back into the market and is having a discernible effect on the momentum of home sales and purchases. This is most noticeable in the upper end of the Gauteng property spectrum – my focus area. Granted, the eurozone debt crisis and the threat of an economic slowdown remain a source of global uncertainty. But this is being counterbalanced in the local property market by a range of positive factors. Most significant among these are bankers. Patently absent from the residential property scene for the past few years, bankers are now investing in their own homes, either by selling and buying bigger and better or by extending and upgrading. In Gauteng, and particularly in Joburg and Sandton, we are encountering an increasing number of senior banking executives seeking opportunities to buy upward or extend, some with budgets of R10 million or more.

Always well-informed on market trends, and therefore, closest to the fundamentals of property cycles, bankers invariably provide an early and accurate reading of where the residential sector is headed. Are they swimming against the tide? I don’t think so. By the time homeowners as a group discern an upturn, it is normally some months down the track. Another key indicator is that upmarket, lockup-and-leave multilevel lifestyle developments in the mould of the Michelangelo and Melrose Arch, which have weathered the downturn better than other property genres, are attracting more buyer attention right now. The newest of these is the Houghton, a R2-billion-plus development overlooking the newly completed Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. In terms of value per square metre and lifestyle, the Houghton is probably the best offering in the Gauteng market right now. The increasing number of returning expatriates, whose lives in debt-burdened countries abroad have lost their lustre, is another positive market factor. Big motivators for them and other foreign investors are the relative weakness of the rand, continued uncertainty surrounding the US economy and the eurozone debt crisis, the explosion of economic activity and growth in sub-Saharan Africa and the entrenchment of Sandton as the platform of choice

from which to conduct business in Africa. As a result, much of the home-buying interest we are seeing is from international executives. Taking all of these factors into account, I am confident that the property market – not least at the luxury end – will show growth in 2012. However, the speed of that growth will almost certainly be dictated to a large extent by political issues and the outcome of the ANC’s Mangaung conference in December. While the residential market may slow down in times of economic downturn, it never loses its motion. Property has to turn over, because life happens and homeowners move house. Families expand, people grow older, adult children move out, couples divorce, emigration and immigration continue, net worth increases or decreases, death, deceased estates and distressed sales happen. These are the realities of life that give the market its core momentum.

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Western cape Residential

Scampering to Muizenberg Muizenberg is seeing a revival in residential activity, says Derek Evans of Rawson Property Muizenberg. Twelve properties have been sold recently in Muizenberg and surrounds, he says. ‘This should tell the average property trend watcher that the Muizenberg residential market is alive and well,’ he says. Figures from PropStats at the Institute of Estate Agents (IEASA) Western Cape indicate an almost R80 000 increase on sales prices for the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year. Annette Evans of IEASA Western Cape confirms this upswing: ‘These figures indicate what local agents have long predicted would happen: Muizenberg has now turned the corner, is acquiring a new image and has started on a steady upward path.’ Derek says sales are being concluded at a steady pace, but

The sun never sets

buyers are struggling to get bond approval. Homes on offer range in price from R600 000 to R1,5 million, with the most demand in the R600 000 to R900 000 range, but only half the buyers in this middle range qualify for the bond they want, he says. The good news is that

Re/Max Helderberg reports significant

the revived interest in the suburb is encouraging property owner to upgrade in the popular

interest in Somerset West’s residential market.

Muizenberg Village and beyond. +27 (0)21 788 9996,

Broker/ owner Lee Siebert says 85% of property sales have been for permanent residences and the rest for buy-to-let investments. Secure estates account for 60% of property sales in the area in the past year, he adds. ‘While some property investors in our area are purchasing homes that need renovations, most are purchasing smaller, newer properties that tenants can take occupation of immediately,’ says Lee. One such development is Somerset Lofts, where two-bedroom units are priced from just under R730 000 and include modern finishes and a secure car port. In addition to having expansive mountain views and excellent schools and offering numerous outdoor activities, Somerset West is also popular because it’s considered to be the commercial and residential hub of the Helderberg basin, says Lee. +27 (0)21 852 6464,

Luxury beach living With its Blue Flag beach and a promenade dotted with designer eateries frequented by the rich and famous, Camps Bay is the country’s coastal crown jewel. It is the best performer on the Atlantic Seaboard and investors continue to renovate, demolish and create homes valued in the millions. The new secure and ultra-luxurious Camps Bay Beach villas offer the most desired address: fronted by the ocean and with the Twelve Apostles to the left and Lion's Head on the right. The five double-storey villas have floor-to-ceiling sea views and a contemporary design with an interplay of space, light and climate control for the ultimate Mediterranean lifestyle. Each villa offers lift access, open-plan living, sky-lit double-volume kitchens, floating staircases, three luxurious en-suite bedrooms, a store room, three-car garaging, visitor parking and a deck with rim-flow pool overlooking the ocean. Finishes include leathered and granite tiling, walnut timber flooring, frameless glass and

Words Catherine Riley

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Century City means business The Business Centre Group provides furnished, serviced offices to businesses of various sizes in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and, soon, in Cape Town too. Rabie Property Group has entered into a joint venture with the Business Centre Group to develop an R85 million office block at Century City. The office building will be four storeys high and more than 4 000m2 in size, for a combined gross lettable area of 22 500m2 and 740 individual offices, making the Business Centre the largest serviced office group in South Africa. Andrew Utterson, CEO of the Business Centre, says the group’s offices are ideal for start-up businesses, SMEs, or national businesses looking to avoid massive start-up and operational costs while expanding their footprints. The Century City Business Centre is scheduled for completion in June 2013 and, because it will be fully serviced, tenants will be able to start running their businesses from the moment they move in. +27 (0)21 550 7000,; +27 (0)11 513 3300,

Chunk of change No. 14 Loop Street in the CBD was renovated along green lines two years back and today these improvements are saving the building's owner and tenants money and helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Rob Kane, chairperson of the Central City Improvement District, says, ‘The renovations have translated into a saving of R10/m2 to R15/ m2 for the tenants.’ The owner, Vunani Property Investment Fund, installed ducted variable refrigerant volume (VRV) air conditioning, generating a 30% saving in power. To save water, Vunani installed waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets in the bathrooms and introduced rainwater harvesting and grey-water systems. Where possible, Vunani also used reconstituted materials and renewable resources, such as bamboo and recyclable materials, such as aluminium, reducing the environmental impact of the renovation, and retained existing fittings, to reduce costs. Eskom and the Department of Environmental Affairs are impressed by the building’s energy efficiency statistics, adds Rob. +27 (0)21 419 1881,

African sun

Come August this year, the 3 600m2 roof of Vodacom’s Century City’s offices will be fitted with roughly 2 000 monocrystalline solar panels. This is a first for a single building in Africa and the solar panels are expected to provide 75% of all the building’s power. The power will feed into two main distribution boards while a display panel in the reception area will instantaneously display the power and energy yields and carbon emission savings. The total annual energy saving is expected to be around 830,1 MWh, which equates to charging more Chris de Jongh and Suraya Hamdulay with an example of a solar panel

than 70 million cellphones over a year.

Elect to protect

Jason Lee, national head of Rawson Commercial, has warned landlords about potential problems that could arise when securing new tenants according to the new Consumer Protection Act (CPA). Prospective tenants with an annual turnover or asset value of less than R2 million are protected under the CPA and since most commercial lease agreements are outdated, tenants now have scope to gain the upper hand over landlords in terms of the act. For example, municipality service debt incurred by a tenant is automatically placed at the landlord’s door, so it is essential that landlords take a utilities deposit as well as a rental deposit. ‘Tenants know all too well that they can walk away from a lease when it expires, without the municipality having any way of extracting money from them.’ Jason adds, ‘The Rawson Commercial suite of agreements is CPA compliant, but if landlords act for themselves then they need a lawyer to review the contracts they are using or they could come up short.’ s+27 (0)21 658 7100, | 63

South Africa The Battle at


Plans for an upmarket hotel at the Kruger National Park have sparked a verbal bush fire


ith a rich history that’s been traced back to Stone Age hunters and the first European settlers, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has evolved into an international tourist destination run by South African National Parks (Sanparks), the country’s pre-eminent nature conservation entity. Under CEO David Mabunda, Sanparks manages a system of national parks representing the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of South Africa. In order to maintain these parks, Sanparks has in recent years explored several avenues of generating income. One is the expansion of the tourism trade, by making various public private partnership (PPP) opportunities available to reputable eco-tourism operators. In 2009 Sanparks announced its intention to establish a modern hotel in Malelane in the south of the KNP. Through a bidding process, the PPP was ultimately awarded to Malelane Safari Resort Investments, a consortium lead by Peter Wright and Secprop Leisure. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group signed an international management agreement to operate the hotel under its Radisson Blu brand.


The hotel would be built about 10km away from the Malelane gate at the confluence of  Timfenhene Creek and the Crocodile River. The proposed R290 million Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park hotel would allow guests 24-hour access to the park and would feature a park-and-ride facility. It would comprise 104 standard rooms and 16 suites with private terraces. Amenities would include two outdoor swimming pools, a spa and wellness centre, gym, family centre, all- day dining restaurant, boma, five conference rooms, game-viewing decks, kids’ club, environmental awareness centre, and pool bar. ‘Each building is designed with very limited visual impact and raised off the ground on stilts so there is as little disturbance as possible on the flora and fauna,’ explains Andrew McLachlan, Carlson Rezidor’s vicepresident of business development for Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. However, the development has sparked strong opposition locally and abroad. Many feel that the hotel is just a moneymaking gimmick on Sanparks’ part. The pressure group, Against Interference in Kruger &  Other National Assets (Aikona), was formed in May 2011 in response to the news of the

Artist impressions of the proposed Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park hotel:

entrance to the hotel; main lodge pool and terrace; main lodge lounge; guest room.

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proposed hotel. With a current membership of close to 300, the group aims to stop the commercialisation and exploitation of SA’s national parks, and includes concerned South Africans, Australians, Canadians and members from Germany, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom.  Aikona maintains that even though Sanparks is the appointed custodian of our heritage, it appears as if conservation is no longer its priority. Aikona alleges that Sanparks is also planning another hotel, a 500-bed establishment at the Skukuza Rest Camp, and that another four hotels are in the pipeline, including one in the Orpen area, one in the Phalaborwa area and a further two in the practically untouched Punda Maria and Pafuri areas. William Mabasa, head of Sanparks’ public relations and communications departments, dismisses Aikona’s claims: ‘We are only planning two hotels. We cannot say by when the hotels will be built. Currently there are 22 hotels on the property, which stretches over 2 000 000ha.We need to provide more space for people and tourists visiting the park. The environmental impact studies for the first hotel have commenced. I don’t know when they will be completed, as it’s an independent process and depends on many factors.’

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Gerhard Smit, the convenor of Aikona, says, ‘According to Glen Phillips, Sanparks’s managing executive of tourism and marketing, Sanparks saw an opportunity after the Malelane Sun Hotel burnt down in May 2009. They have no surveys indicating that there is a demand for such a facility and, according to Glen, they want to broaden their customer base for people who require more comfort and luxury. This is already available at the concessions in the park, which offer 300 beds and have a 40% occupancy rate.’ Gerhard says he’s in possession of a Sanparks document indicating that the body is now planning a peripheral development zone (PDZ), a 2km band running along the borders of the Kruger, which will be set aside for development. He explains that this is in direct conflict with the February 2012 edition of the Government Gazette, which mentions the buffer zones, a few kilometres wide, where development is restricted around our national parks. How would the new development affect the biodiversity and what will the hotel’s carbon footprint look like? Gerhard says the site of the Malelane hotel is in a wilderness area and is still rated ‘primitive’

with a high biodiversity sensitivity rating, as per the KNP Zoning Plan of 2006. The Kruger is currently a Category 2 National Park under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but if plans for the hotels go ahead, the park could lose this international status, which will ultimately affect tourism in SA. However, steps have been taken to mitigate the hotel’s environmental impact. And they’ve been enough to convince conservationist and presenter on nature programme 50/50, Braam Malherbe. He says, ‘When I first researched the issue, I was initially biased in favour of no hotels. After seeing the plans of the proposed developments and development areas, I’m now in favour of these hotels, or should I say “lodge developments”. I believe the word “hotel” is incorrect in terms of what is proposed. The structures are intended to be below the canopy line and totally eco- friendly, with a reduced carbon footprint. If you can increase revenue for the park and reduce its carbon footprint, then it’s a win-win situation.’ Gerard is not reassured. ‘What is very concerning is that the hotel will have 24/7 access. Can  you

imagine the effect it would have on the inhabitants? Lights, vehicle movement, noise and increased roadkills, especially after dark. Light is visible for up to 14km at night and the sound of a moving vehicle can be heard for up to 4,5km. The operational phase will have a negative impact, not to mention the impact during construction. Sanparks expect an income of between R600 000 and R800  000 during the first year and R800  000/annum thereafter. This is not much of a return for such a huge sacrifice. The KNP is a conservation area, not a holiday resort’ But Andrew says, ‘The introduction of this new tourism product is to address the reality that the KNP is currently not attracting a significant portion of the local population. Research has indicated, both from this local market segment and from foreign visitors, that there is a demand for a product of this nature.’ If the EIA report is favourable, then construction work on the Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park will commence in August and the hotel will open at the end of October 2013. At the time of going to press, the peripheral development and zoning rights (PDZ) had been approved.



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