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If architecture is to mirror our current human condition, in its healthiest form, it needs to be sourced from the fullness of our human constitution.

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Keith Struthers, Natural Architecture, Constantia Waldorf School [p22]

FIRST DRAFT

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Editor’s note, dates to diarise and book review.

The PwC Tower in Midrand’s Waterfall development, designed by LYT Architecture, is the 24th tallest twisted building in the world and the only twisted building in Africa.

12 INTERNATIONAL The Maersk Tower in Denmark creates the optimum framework for world-class health research.

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64 DRAWING BOARD What’s new in the world of architecture and design.

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The Constantia Waldorf School’s dance and primary school hall by Keith Struthers from Natural Architecture captures the school’s ethos of nurturing independent thinking, aesthetic sensibilities and originality.

26 HATFIELD SQUARE Hatfield Square in Pretoria, designed by architecture and interior architecture practice Paragon, represents the latest trend for student accommodation.

30 BAYWEST SANRAL’s Port Elizabeth office by Activate has set an exceptionally high standard as the Eastern Cape’s first 5-Star Green Star As-built office building.

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engage with different scenarios of change as to how we live, interact, and survive both as individuals and as part of a collective, within the urban environment. The programme will centre around ‘Resilience’ as the ability of a system to absorb, or recover from, certain disturbances without losing its ability to function; and ‘Memory’ as the phenomena that imbues a place with meaning. Given the rapidly changing roles of design professionals, the term ‘WeTheCity’ is both a proclamation and a provocation, implying a call for participatory action around how we shape our cities collectively. See you there!

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INSIDE THE CARLTON HOTEL JOHANNESBURG With the end of Apartheid, Johannesburg experienced a fundamental change. Houses were suddenly empty, the crime rate rose, and the infrastructure crumbled. Today? It is a lively, exciting, and pulsating city. At its very centre is the Carlton Hotel, which hosted many protagonists of political and economic change, as well as numerous stars from around the world. This five-star hotel was closed in 1997 and is now guarded around the clock for fear of illegal

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occupation and vandalism. It is an empty shell with more than six hundred rooms on thirty-one floors. Much has transpired in various rooms of this hotel – numerous meetings and congresses were held and ground-breaking decisions made. With their unique photographic documentation, Leif Bennett and Yvonne Mueller, two Swiss artists from Basel, provide fascinating insight into the once ‘best hotel’ in the southern hemisphere.

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This will help to disseminate the research activities, leading to knowledge sharing and inspiration for new and groundbreaking research. Designing the building as a tower leaves space for a green urban campus park, which is publicly accessible, and incorporates and develops the surrounding urban quarter. The ‘floating path’ leads pedestrians and cyclists across parts of the Maersk Tower, where the public has the opportunity to get close to the building and researchers, while also creating a new connection between Nørre Allé and Blegdamsvej. The Maersk Tower rests on a low base that contains all of the shared facilities. The base is open to the general public, and its transparent glass façade invites close and open dialogue with the green surroundings.

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squares from the outside, which, together with the open base, ensures visibility for the activities in the Tower. The Maersk Tower’s façade is divided into a grid structure of storey-high copper-covered shutters. The shutters serve as a climate shield, which adjusts as required to protect from direct sunlight and overheating. The shutters also give the façade a deep relief effect and reduce the tower’s large-scale appearance. The Maersk Tower has Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories, where waste energy is reused to an extent never seen before. Combined with the façade’s climate shields, this makes the building a pioneer within energyefficient laboratory construction. www.cfmoller.com

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The twisting tower of PwC’s new head office in Midrand’s Waterfall development twists on its axis for 26 storeys, making it as structurally complex as it is visually striking.

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he PwC head office tower, which was developed by Attacq as one of the flagship office buildings in the Corporate City component of its Waterfall development, came about as the result of LYT Architecture winning a competition for the design. The striking skyscraper twists on its axis for 26 storeys – providing more than the usual design challenges for the team. The building is structurally highly complex, because the twist in the form creates torsional forces in the structure which then have to be resisted. The architects, working closely with the engineering team from Arup, came up with a structural design, which provides an extremely rigid central core, to stop much of the resistance against

this torsion, as well as a system of columns to carry the forces. The perimeter ring of columns is inclined against the direction of the torsion, while the middle columns incline with the direction of the turn – functioning largely to reduce the spans that have to be supported. “The team at Arup brings international experience to the project, although they are all local professionals,” says Warren Stanley of LYT Architecture. “The kind of systems and thinking that they were able to apply to the design really made this building possible, so it’s as much their design as it is ours.” This highly sophisticated structural design has resulted in a situation that is rather an anomaly for buildings – the fact that there isn’t a single plumb line in the building apart from its core.

Everything is angled, from the mullions to the internal columns and the staircases. LYT Architecture was one of four large architectural practices invited to compete for the design of the building, and had to pull off a design in approximately two weeks. Furthermore, they had no idea who the building’s tenant would be until they had won the competition and were starting to develop the design further. “The client wanted something unique and memorable, and this building will be very much a halo project for the Waterfall area,” says Stanley. “It will be the first high rise building to be constructed there, but apart from that, its unique design will remain memorable even when other buildings begin to rise around it.” Continued next page

Left The perimeter ring of columns is inclined against the direction of the torsion Right Everything in this twisting skyscraper is angled, from the mullions to the internal columns and the staircases – rather an anomaly for tower buildings.

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The 40 000m 2 building is designed to accommodate an average of 3 000 people, although it will not be occupied to capacity all the time because of the nature of the tenant’s business, which requires that auditors in particular spend a great deal of time at their clients’ offices. “Planning the floor plates to work with the twist in the building was not as challenging as one might think,” says Stenley. The bulk of the services are contained in the central core, and that the floor plan on each level remains largely the same, aside from the fact that each sits at a slightly different angle from the floor below. This means that the space planning can remain substantially the same at each level as required. The interior design of the tower was carried out by DSGN interior design consultancy.

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The Constantia Waldorf School’s dance and primary school hall captures the school ethos of nurturing independent thinking, aesthetic sensibilities and originality. PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED

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n this ground-breaking project, Cape Town-based firm Natural Architecture have given credence to the diverse nature of creative brickwork. “The design principle I work with is that the inner essence of the activity in the building is expressed in its overall form. So the hall embodies the sense of movement, mood and aspirations of the dancers: dynamic, refined and occasionally unexpected,” explained architect Keith Struthers

from Natural Architecture. The wall behind the stage, for example, transitions from a single curved surface into a doubly curved surface while the brick coursing changes from horizontal to arching as it follows the roof line. The front wall brickwork tracks the helix timber beam above, while the twisted pivot door is a warped surface matching the undulating wall planes. The build required customed brick templates set up at different

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angles, novel bricklaying techniques, and innovative timber laminating to achieve this level of craftsmanship. This kind of expressive brickwork is a global first. It consistently deviates from the horizontal and vertical simultaneously to create a clean sculptural form that is both functional and aesthetically expressive. Struthers expands “The shift from a conventional approach of designing with mainly flat surfaces

meeting at right angles, to forms which integrate flat, single and doubly curved surfaces, is not simply a different architectural style, but a fundamental paradigm shift. Not only is the method of designing different, in that the creative process moves off the flat page and screen into the sculptural, but a completely different internal experience is stimulated in the inhabitants.” Continued next page


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This page The front wall brickwork of the Constantia Waldorf School’s new school hall tracks the helix timber beam above, while the twisted pivot door is a warped surface matching the undulating wall planes. Opposite The wall behind the stage transitions from a single curved surface into a doubly curved surface while the brick coursing changes from horizontal to arching as it follows the roof line.

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He argues that the reason for this is that the creative source of the design originates from somewhere in us that is deeper than our intellect alone. “Rational analysis is an aspect of the design process, not the dominating force and primary benchmark against which the design is qualified,” says Struthers. “Similarly, as humans the way we live, what motivates us and determines our lives, both consciously and unconsciously, is obviously not

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sourced from our rational thoughts alone. So if architecture is to mirror our current human condition, in its healthiest form, it needs to be sourced from the fullness of our human constitution.” He says that expanding our palette of architectural expression to include our thoughts, feelings and actions in a comprehensive way, requires expanding our medium of expression to include both rectilinear and curvilinear forms.

“When flat-line architecture becomes sculptural, our scope of expression can encompass a wider breadth of human experience and expression,” says Struthers. “It’s here that form follows not only function, but also feelings and higher aspirations. To embody the fullness of our human condition, through architecture, requires a design and construction process that engages and expresses the extent of this fullness in the creative process.”

PROFESSIONAL TEAM ARCHITECTS: Natural Architecture MAIN CONTRACTOR: GCON Construction GLAZING: Go Green Gideon TIMBER BEAMS: Christian Hesse

Clockwise from top The brickwork consistently deviates from the horizontal and vertical simultaneously to create a clean sculptural form that is both functional and aesthetically expressive; the hall embodies the sense of movement of the dancers who will perform in it; along with novel bricklaying techniques, innovative timber laminating helped achieve the forms in this unique school hall and performance space.

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Each unit of Hatfield Square’s mixed-use student accommodation development has maximum access to views and light.

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New school Hatfield Square in Pretoria, designed by architecture and interior architecture practice Paragon, represents the latest trend for student accommodation, focusing on an accessible and safe mixed-use development with all the necessary amenities.

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his 2 200-bed project is owned by Redefine and Respublica, and managed by Respublica Student living. The 51 000m2 development, excluding basement levels, has given a new lease of life to the Hatfield Square area by incorporating 3 500m2 of retail space, including a mix of restaurants and line shops facing Burnett Street. Paragon senior project architectural technologist, Antoinette Kloppers notes that this

exciting development has been designed specifically to stand out from its surroundings. “The design not only ensures that each unit has maximum access to views and light, but also has the added benefit of promoting individual communities with their own amenities and shared spaces, within the larger scheme.” These include a rooftop gym overlooking the retail area, a computer centre, large study centres, recreation rooms,

laundry facilities, a swimming pool, and landscaped gardens and a braai area. There are a total of 85 common facilities spread out over the four buildings and seven courtyards comprising the development, of which six are exclusively for student use. It is anticipated that Block D, facing Prospect Street, will be the highest building in the area upon its completion. Continued next page

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The student accommodation itself focuses on five modular unit types, namely single and doublesharing, single en suite with own kitchenette, double-sharing en suite and apartment-style units with four beds, own ablutions and kitchenettes. “This creates a range of rental options, with common study rooms and lounge/ kitchen areas on each floor,” Kloppers highlights. “The precinct benefits from different scales of public, semi-public, and private spaces. Common areas are defined on the façade with sculptural forms and colours linking back to the theme of it being essentially a neighbourhood. Rooms are defined on the façade by an array of window patterns that reflect the diversity of accommodation types,” Klopper elaborates. She adds that the Burnett Street side of the development acknowledges the history of Hatfield Square by recreating an active lifestyle courtyard, where students and the public can socialise and enjoy a variety of retail offerings and restaurants. Paragon is a well-known adopter of sustainable design and the latest advances in ‘green’ building. At Hatfield Square, various sun studies were undertaken to optimise building heights to ensure that all rooms have maximum access to air and light.

Top The student accommodation focuses on five modular unit types, namely single and double-sharing, single en suite with own kitchenette, double-sharing en suite and apartment-style units with four beds, own ablutions and kitchenettes. Bottom The Burnett Street side of the development acknowledges the history of Hatfield Square by recreating an active lifestyle courtyard, where students and the public can socialise and enjoy a variety of retail offerings and restaurants.

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The result is a precinct of four interlinked buildings, arranged around a series of intimate courtyard spaces, where students can enjoy the smaller neighbourhoods within their blocks. Each building is defined by a ‘theme’ colour, which is visible internally and externally. Aerated Autoclaved Concrete (AAC) blocks were selected as the main construction material due to their thermal and fire-insulation properties, which also accelerated the construction programme. An Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) from Terraco South Africa was applied to the blockwork. Various textured finishes of the coating were applied in three shades of grey to create an interesting relief pattern on the façade. The buildings also feature natural ventilation, waterstorage tanks, and heat farms to reduce energy consumption.

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Go west SANRAL’s Port Elizabeth office designed by Activate has set an exceptionally high standard as the Eastern Cape’s first 5-Star Green Star As-built office building. PHOTOGRAPHY TRISTAN MCLAREN

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ANRAL’s office in the Baywest Mall precinct in Port Elizabeth is the first 5-Star Green Star As-built office building certified the Eastern Cape and the first office project in the Baywest Mall precinct. It comprises 6 000m2 lettable area and 2000m2 basement parking area. “SANRAL wanted a building that could be operated cost-effectively, create an enabling, creative environment to motivate staff, and reflect a professional, modern, highquality organisation at the forefront of infrastructure development in South Africa,” says Edward Brooks, founding partner at Activate. “Accordingly, the offices have high quality finishes, state of the art systems, exceptional accessibility and a definite market presence. This means that the spaces would attract substantially higher rentals should the building owner elect to fill the building with tenants.”

The project was developed and project managed by Abacus Asset Management for SANRAL. Gavin Blows, managing director of Abacus, says. “Our expectations around the design and delivery of the building were exceeded. Initially, we were only targeting a 4-Star rating, but with the proactive approach of the professional team, we easily achieved both 5-Star Design and As-built certifications.” While the 5-Star Green Star rating added about 15% to the capital cost of the project, green building measures ensure that the operating costs throughout the building’s lifecycle will be substantially lower than a typical building of similar type. The sustainable focus of the design was threefold – firstly, to dramatically reduce energy use; secondly, to save and reuse potable water; and thirdly, to provide a quiet, productive work environment. Continued next page


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This page, clockwise from top The auditorium of SANRAL’s office in the Baywest Mall precinct in Port Elizabeth includes bamboo slatted ceilings and bamboo joinery; thermal double-glazed facades and a highly insulated roof and ground floor slab have contributed to reducing the building’s energy consumption; reduction of external and internal noise was achieved using various sound absorbent materials and acoustic engineering strategies. Opposite As the first 5-Star Green Star As-built certified office building in the Eastern Cape, the building has set the standard for new projects in the precinct and beyond.

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Thermal double-glazed facades, a highly insulated roof and ground floor slab, and an 85kW peak roof-mounted solar PV grid-tied system, provides 40% of the building’s total energy requirement. This has reduced energy consumption by over 50%. A rainwater harvesting and reuse system with a 30 000-litre tank capacity collects rainwater for toilet and urinal flushing to reduce reliance on municipal water supply as well as the cost of this everdwindling resource in the future. Energy and potable water consumption is monitored through a Building Management System (BMS), with data displayed in real time in the public atrium for all visitors and staff to see. Another important aspect of the brief was the reduction of external and internal noise. This was achieved using various sound absorbent materials and acoustic engineering strategies. Commenting on the workmanship, Brooks observes, “The contractors and service

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providers involved in the project made a real effort and worked together to produce a very well finished building. The off-shutter concrete work to both the concrete textured west wall and the roof overhang soffits is of a very high standard. The quality of the final finishing including tiling, painted

textured plaster, bamboo slatted ceilings, bamboo joinery, as well as the office furniture, will be difficult to match on any South African construction project.” The building has been well received in the region, and WBHO’s contracts manager for the project, Ryan Flannagan,

noted, “The local industry sees the building as a first for Port Elizabeth. A lot of interest has been generated around the sustainability of the building, and local professionals are very impressed with the design, seeing it as a benchmark for new buildings in the area.”

PROFESSIONAL TEAM CLIENT: SANRAL Corporate Office DEVELOPER & PROJECT MANAGER: Abacus Asset Management ARCHITECT: Activate Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN: Activate Space; Design Space Interiors QUANTITY SURVEYORS: BTKM Quantity Surveyors MAIN CONTRACTOR: WBHO STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Nadeson Consulting CIVIL ENGINEER: KLS Consulting Engineers HVAC ENGINEER: Design It Green ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: KLS Consulting Engineers WET SERVICES & FIRE ENGINEERING: EKCON Engineers LANDSCAPING: Landmark Studios ACOUSTICS ENGINEER: Machoy Consulting Engineers GREENSTAR AP: Agama Energy SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT: Moorhouse Consulting COMMISSIONING AGENT: MATRIX CONSULTING ENERGY MODELLING: SOW & REAP

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This page, clockwise from top The concrete textured west wall and the patterned cladding impart a striking visual presence to the facade; the interiors are designed to create an enabling, creative environment to motivate staff and reflect a professional, modern, high-quality organisation; an 85kW peak roof-mounted solar PV grid-tied system provides 40% of the building’s total energy requirement.


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GLASS AND FRAME – A CRITICAL MARRIAGE Cobus Lourens from leading window and door manufacturer, Swartland, offers an overview on how to choose the right glass for your home’s windows.

Glass remains the only building material that not only insulates us from the fluctuating temperatures outdoors, but also controls the migration of light and heat into and out of our homes. Cobus notes, “By selecting the correct type of glass, you can enjoy the natural outdoor vistas, as well as controlling UV light and glare – allowing you to insulate your home against excessive heat loss or gain, and ensuring that you enjoy the full benefit of the solar heat in the colder winter months, but minimise it in the hotter summer months.” The various types of glazing Today, there is a wide variety of glazing options to choose from, and by understanding your home’s heating and cooling needs, you can determine your overall glass selection priorities. Says Cobus, “It is possible to combine energy efficient glass with other options, including glass that reduces noise, enhances the occupant’s safety from intruders, and even glass that offers a high level of protection from veld fires, to create the perfect solution for your particular home. At Swartland, you can select whichever glazing best suits your needs and it can be delivered already installed in the form of Swartland’s innovative Ready-2-Fit range of windows and doors, which come pre-sealed and pre-glazed directly from the factory.” He offers an overview on the different types of glazing that are available for residential purposes:

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• Clear float glass: This is the most basic material used for windowpanes. Clear float glass offers no additional performance benefits in terms of insulation or reduction in solar heat gain • Tinted glass: Tinted glass absorbs and re-radiates solar energy, thereby reducing sun glare, heat and providing climate control • Reflective glass: Offering a greater level of solar control when compared to tinted glass, reflective glass is made by adding a metallic coating during the manufacturing process to create a highly reflective appearance • Toughened glass: Toughened glass is made from clear float glass that has been strengthened via a thermal tempering process. Another essential benefit of toughened glass is that it will shatter into small pieces when broken, which makes it safer for residential and commercial glazing • Laminate glass: This glass comprises two or more layers of glass that have been permanently bonded with an interlayer, which can be selected to deliver special performance characteristics, such as improved insulation, security, and sound insulation • Low E glass: Low Emissivity glass, better known as Low E glass, has a microscopically thin coating of metal oxide on the glass surface that allows the sun’s heat and light to pass through the glass into the home, while at the same time, blocking heat from escaping the room. www.swartland.co.za


Our family is growing. Since 1951, Swartland has been a family-owned business. We’ve come a long way in 66 years, maintaining our family values and high standards. Three generations later, we’ve become the leading manufacturer of wooden windows and doors in South Africa. Now we’re proud to add to our family of world-class brands with Kenzo, our new range of high quality aluminium windows and doors. Manufactured to our same exacting standards, this beautiful, practical range is available to you through our wide national network, which enables us to deliver on time, every time. Here’s to diversity in our family, and to the future.

For more information visit www.swartland.co.za or call us on 086 110 2425

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CONSOLIDATED STEEL INDUSTRIES ACQUIRES STAKE IN ERGOSYSTEM WALLING SOLUTIONS In February 2018, Consolidated Steel Industries (CSI) announced that it had acquired a 40% stake in Ergosystem Walling Solutions (EWS) via the investment of significant money into EWS to strengthen their balance sheet. Managing director of EWS, Dean Armstrong, says the synergies between the companies, coupled with the extensive footprint of CSI, will have mutually beneficial results for both companies as well as their clients. EWS and CSI, via one of its operating divisions, Stalcor, have been working together for many years, with CSI being the main supplier of aluminium for the company’s popular walling solutions. The recent acquisition fits seamlessly with Ergosystems’ plan to streamline efficiencies within their business and reach a broader African market. “Over the past 24 months, there have been a number of changes within our business and joining forces with CSI is a giant leap forward in the right direction to help us achieve the growth that I have envisioned for the company. Key stakeholders within both businesses have identified a number of synergies that will help both of us better serve the African market,” says Armstrong. Ergosystem manufactures a range of local partitions, dividers, privacy screens, feature walls and ceiling cladding products, among others solutions. The company’s products and fit out services are provided to the design industry and many of their expertise and solutions have been used in leading retail, hospitality and commercial products in Africa. “Both Ergosystems and CSI work with the same construction materials, namely steel and aluminium, we serve the same industries, and we both have a presence in many of the same locations across the continent. Ergo Systems’ ability to now benefit from CSI’s distribution network and infrastructure will help us bring our solutions to more people,” adds Armstrong.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ergo Systems to CSI” says Paul Miot, the CEO of CSI. He went on to say that he believed CSI could be of benefit to EWS in the following ways: • The investment into the business would significantly strengthen their balance sheet and allow EWS to achieve its growth potential • CSI would take over a lot of the administrative and accounting functions and thereby allow Dean and his team to focus on growing the business. • The addition of two CSI directors to the EWS board would allow for more robust conversation at board meetings.

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CSI is a market leading industrial conglomerate that comprises two principal business units, namely: Global Roofing Solutions (GRS), one of the largest metal roofing and roofing accessory manufacturers, servicing the construction and roofing industries in South Africa and Sub-Saharan AfricaStalcor, one of the top three distributors of stainless steel and aluminium products in South Africa, servicing customers in the fabrication sector and steel merchants. CSI’s combining of its project-based businesses (GRS) and its trading businesses (Stalcor) has promoted synergies and created balanced revenue and cash flow streams for the group. CSI’s African operations are all profitable, driven by strong local management teams who have partnered with relevant developers, construction companies and contractors. The African footprint would be difficult and costly to replicate and creates a competitive advantage for the Company. CSI is and will be realising continued high growth coming from its African operations. www.ergosystem.co.za www.globalroofs.co.za

Van Acht’s latest contemporary style door design, the YOSO door range, is a unique modern alternative to the plain glass front door. YOSO doors are made with versatile marine ply wood encased in an aluminium frame. They come standard with frame, hinges, locks and handle. A variety of handles are available in black, silver, bronze and stainless steel. They are supplied pre-hung with double glazing, handles and CISA Italian locks. YOSO doors can be customised by choosing a variety of aluminium colours and exotic timber options. Aluminium frames can be chosen in black, charcoal, bronze, white or red. Timber options available include Kiaat, Teak, Rosewood, Eucalyptus Grandis, and Marine Ply. Van Acht’s latest contemporary style door design is also available in garage doors. Continuous research and development has enabled Van Acht to manufacture virtually any custom made wooden product as well as expand its range of products. The expanded range includes V-COAT, Van Acht glass and aluminium, uPVC windows and doors, YOSO wood and aluminium doors, marine ply garage doors and Van Acht frameless folding doors, all products that were developed over the last six years. Van Acht offers one of the largest selections of doors in the country and can cater for almost any requirement or budget. Purpose-made doors can be made in a variety of timbers, according to personal choice and design. www.vanacht.co.za

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Estoril Sol Residence, Cascais (Portugal), Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos For more information about this project, please visit: https://www.reynaers.co.za/en-ZA/architects/get-inspired

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Reynaers’ aluminium sliding solutions all fulfil the user’s high expectations of optimum quality, high insulation and ease of operation. The main systems can be applied for large spans offering great views onto the outside. They all guarantee excellent wind resistance, air- and water tightness and are therefore the perfect solution for the integration of large windows. For the Estoril Sol Residence, the architect has chosen the CP 155 sliding system with a custom-made balustrade solution. Together for Better. www.reynaers.co.za Aluminium systems for Windows & Doors, Sliding Systems, Curtain Walls, Sun-screening and Solar integration.

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ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM FOR HIGH-END CONSTRUCTION Reynaers Aluminium has concentrated on the production of aluminium windows and doors for architecture since 1965. The Classic system, a selfdesigned aluminium system, was initially introduced into the market. Throughout the subsequent years Reynaers has relied on the loyalty of its customers and the devoted efforts of all its employees to increase the value of buildings and to enhance the living and

design phase of any building. Reynaers window and door systems come in an extensive variety of opening possibilities suiting almost every possible need. The maximal level of userfriendliness of these systems respond to many positioning requirements and opening methods of the elements in a building and to the way in which you want to use it. This often varies for every building type and depends on the

working environment of people worldwide. This has been achieved together with their partners by providing innovative and sustainable aluminium solutions for the building envelope. A strong vision and strong company values is behind the successful development of a 50-year product timeline, which has accompanied evolution in sustainable construction and comfortable high-end living, taking architectural aluminium systems from the initial basics to today’s modernday requirements.

requirements of the end-user.

Functionality Functional and user-friendly opening types are very important requirements that need to be considered in the

Ease of use Nowadays, buildings are being designed as transparent as possible. For a homeowner, this is translated into a sense of openness in which the living environment intertwines with the outside environment. Accessibility In most public buildings however, this goes even further. The accessibility of windows and doors play an essential role here. Reynaers offers several different systems with a low or a flush threshold. This means that the transition between the inside and outside is completely flat, allowing less mobile persons

Reynaers Parallel Opening window integrated into a curtain wall.

to have effortless access to the building. On top of that, these sliding systems can be equipped with a handy electrical option, either remote controlled or driven by sensors. Ventilation Comfort also stands for excellent ventilation of the rooms in a building. To maintain the aesthetic aspect of your windows and doors, Reynaers developed a unique, selfregulating ventilation system called Ventalis. This system is completely integrated in the window profile, making it barely visible. Air quality Ventilation is necessary to attain good air quality inside a room. This is important for a healthy inner climate, especially in rooms where a lot of damp

Architects: Jaspers Eyers Architects / Photo: Philippe Van Gelooven / Reynaers bespoke curtain wall solution CW 86-EF.

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Self-regulating Ventalis allows a variety of configurations, depending on the aesthetic requirements or the necessary air supply. The units automatically regulate the air supply, depending on the wind pressure. It ventilates without any risk of rain infiltration or insects entering your home. Easily adjustable The ventilation valve opens in five different positions, ranging from closed to open with three positions in between. You can easily determine the ventilation level yourself. Regardless of the position of the valve, the air supply remains automatically regulated. www.reynaers.co.za

is produced; like kitchens or bathrooms. Here it is important to find the right balance between insulation and ventilation. Ventalis offers the solution. Ventalis can be integrated with a wide range of Reynaers systems: ES 50, CS 68, CS 77, CP 130 and CP 155.


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BIM THE PLANNING TOOL OF THE FUTURE Internationally recognised provider of smart and secure access solutions dormakaba South Africa says its product data is readily available to be imported and is compliant with the building information modelling (BIM) process in the construction sector. This enables professionals to plan, build, and maintain buildings with greater efficiency using a secure, and customisable product suite. Even though many view the BIM architectural models created on a computer as simply downloading 3D objects in different formats, it is much more significant than that in the connected world in which we live. BIM provides customers with the latest, most reliable and precise product data for the planning, construction, and management of buildings. As such, dormakaba South Africa has integrated BIM to encompass all facets of planning and construction. This extends to providing the construction sector in Africa with solutions that can be customised for any project requirements as per globally recognised BIM Standards. From the hardware specification of each door in a building to the door elevation, from

construction costs. BIM enables them to develop complete digital building models from individual objects such as materials, floor finishes, electrical installations, plumbing, lighting, doors, windows, and so on using several programmes. The dormakaba BIM download service covers most products in its portfolio and its objects are available in multiple file formats including ArchiCAD and Revit. It is only a matter of using its downloadable plugins to integrate dormakaba into the software system of the architect or the engineer. At dormakaba, user-friendliness is prioritised. As such, its BIM solution is easy to access, features advanced navigation and filtering functions, contains reliable product data, and provides the latest updates once they become available. Moreover, its system is completely customisable, so it can be designed to fit any

customised Revit families of entrance systems, movable partitions, and interior glass systems to hardware scheduling with images, the dormakaba BIM approach incorporates everything. BIM is the planning tool of the future. Paper and drawing boards are obsolete for architects and designers. They use digital drawings as a basis for calculating required building materials and to plan

specifications or engineering requirements. With dormakaba South Africa, BIM is not the latest buzzword but a completely integrated solutions approach. It is a fundamental way of providing customers with a globally recognised, BIM-compliant, and secure design environment. www.dormakaba.com/za-en

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SIKA INTRODUCES SIKAFLEX HIGH TACK Sika is proud to announce the launch of Sikaflex® High Tack, a powerful construction adhesive with high initial tack, suitable for bonding most construction materials over different surfaces for both professional customers and private end users. Sikaflex High Tack complements the industry-renowned range of Sikaflex® technology, including Sikaflex®-11FC+ and Sikaflex® Crystal Clear. Sika as always has proved its capacity to bring innovations into the market. Now, Sika is excited to inform their customers that besides the powerful initial tack, Sikaflex High Tack is a CE marked sealant for use in

is recommended for bonding objects on vertical surfaces or for overhead applications. Sikaflex High Tack can be used for bonding wood boards, mouldings, panel bonding, ceramic tiles, roof tiles, metal boxes, interior and exterior wall decorations and various accessories, in bathrooms, kitchens and workshops. Sikaflex High Tack bonds building materials such bricks, stones, ceramics, different metals, concrete, hard, PVC, timber and much more.

interior and exterior façade joints (EN 15651-1 F-EXT-INT 20HM). Sikaflex High Tack is unique in the market, being a high tack adhesive and an elastic sealant for façade elements.

or overhead applications. Sikaflex High Tack is easy to apply, solvent free and emits low emissions. It is water and weatherproof and the elastic bonding allows for the vibrations and shock to be absorbed. Another ideal characteristic is that it is paintable and suitable for damp surfaces. www.sika.co.za

Various Applications Due to its powerful grab and fast curing properties, Sikaflex High Tack

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EXPERT TURN-KEY SECURITY SERVICE The debate over whether security should be planned upfront for a new build or considered retrospectively after the build is complete is over, especially in urban areas. With a reported 61.2 house robberies every day in South Africa, according to the 2016/2017 SAPS Crime Statistics report, and 58% of these taking place in nine major municipalities, every household should be proactively protecting themselves against crime. “Physical security barriers are an effective way of keeping criminals out of homes, whether these are apartments or free standing houses. They act as a deterrent because they increase the time and effort required to break into a building. If they’re included in the building’s plans they can be installed as seamlessly as possible,” says Peter Rawson, Trellidor marketing and sales director. Trellidor franchises are easily accessible as they’re distributed throughout the country, with many urban areas served by

more than one franchise. They all provide a turn-key service to the building industry, providing specifications for products during planning, installing the selected products at the right stage of completion, and offering a comprehensive hand-over to the building’s occupants. “The service includes helping to plan and design a safe zone within each building, to be used during emergencies and to allow families to sleep safety at home,” says Rawson. The Trellidor product range covers the full spectrum of building requirements, from budget-friendly burglar bars and sliding security gates to high end designs such as Trellidor Clear Guard see-through security screens and Trellidor Security Shutter louvre shutters. “We have elegant, robust designs like Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium shutters that can be fully automated and remote controlled. If we’re called in during the design phase, we can provide the

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specs for recessing the shutter’s motor in a ceiling or wall cavity, making it completely unobtrusive when rolled up into the shutter box.” www.trellidor.co.za


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CSI REACHES AGREEMENT WITH TWO RVI DIVISIONS The directors of Consolidated Steel Industries (CSI) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the directors of RVI that sees CSI acquiring the two trading divisions of RVI comprising the Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems Division (SHEVS) and Architectural Solution Division (AS). SHEVS offers turnkey solutions to the South African fire protection industry, solutions that are complimented by internationally certified products, which are locally manufactured to accredited performance standards. AS similarly offers turnkey

parties is a winning combination and that this initiative will help GRS and CSI to meet a number of its strategic goals. “RVI’s smoke ventilation solutions are certified systems that give clients complete peace of mind when installing any of GRS’ comprehensive and trusted roofing systems. Joining forces gives us the opportunity to provide a one-stop solution to clients across the continent,” says Smith.

solutions encompassing the in-house ability to design, engineer, manufacture as well as install and commission application specific solar shading systems for any building application. The rationale for the transaction includes: • It will protect at least 45 jobs • Provide certainty to customers of RVI that all current contracts will be completed and performance commitments honoured • Give confidence to future customers to RVI that the financial underpin of CSI will allow proper execution of future contracts.

This latest partnership forms part of GRS’ expansion and streamlining strategy. The company’s support functions have been centralised at the Isando office in Johannesburg, and the manufacturing plant is now able to support the many branches across the country and continent. Chris Edwards, MD of the RVI division confirmed, “The agreement between CSI and RVI is exciting on multiple levels, it allows RVI to capitalise on its international partnerships and to offer the RVI range of products and services to a far broader market. There are synergies to be realised between RVI, GRS and Stalcor, and we look forward to maximising these in the near future. The CSI – RVI agreement ensures that RVI will be able to meet all our customer needs both now and in the future. The CSI outlook on business and its culture is energising and positive and everyone at RVI looks forward to becoming part of and contributing to this exciting future.” www.globalroofs.co.za

Chris Edwards will manage the RVI division; having been involved extensively in both divisions of RVI since its inception in 2005 his experience and industry knowledge together with the dedicated team of RVI will prove invaluable to the growth of the business and its ability to serve the market. Brief Overview of CSI CSI is a market leading industrial conglomerate

Expanding, streamlining and distributing more efficiently

that comprises two principal business units, namely: • Global Roofing Solutions (GRS), a large metal roofing and roofing accessory manufacturer in South Africa, servicing the construction and roofing industries in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa • Stalcor, one of the top three local distributors of stainless steel and aluminium products, servicing customers in the fabrication sector and steel merchants. CSI’s combining of its project-based businesses, GRS and its trading businesses, Stalcor have promoted synergies and created balanced revenue and cash flow streams for the group. CSI is projecting revenue of approximately R2.5bn in its 2018 financial year.

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This transaction enables the two parties, CSI and RVI, to offer a unified specification and marketing team that will service the African market. Stalker has recently secured the exclusive South African distributorship and a Sub-Saharan distributorship to Alban. Alban is a metal composite panel consisting of two layers of a metallic skin like aluminium, stainless steel, copper, zinc and titanium, sandwiching a fire rated core in a continuous co-extrusion process. These two distributorships are the latest in an ever-increasing basket of products that CSI, via its divisions, is building to make the purchase process more seamless for its customers. The group aspires to be a ‘one stop’ shop for its customers. Marius Smith, MD, GRS, says the expertise of the two


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24-YEAR OLD STUDENT WINS SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP ART AND DESIGN CONTEST At a gala event held at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in April 2018, upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2018. The 24-year-old sculptor, a fine arts graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, garnered R150 000 in prize money, and participation in an eightmonth-long nationwide travelling exhibition. Soal’s winning piece, entitled, ‘Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members’, consists of cement cast into the shape of a deflated and scuffed soccer ball, through which a construction rebar has been forced. This sculpture lies on the floor, leaning up against the wall, as dejected, pierced and deflated as abandoned soccer balls often are. The work speaks not only to the realities of growing up in a city environment, where soccer is played in the streets, on concrete and tar, but also to the relationship of soccer to South African industry. One example of this relationship is the 2010 FIFA World Cup. To this day, questions are posed regarding the event’s benefit for the country. Soal’s artwork was chosen as the winner by the PPC Imaginarium Awards national judging panel. The panel includes globally acclaimed contemporary artist Mary Sibande and Daniel van der Merwe (who heads the PPC Imaginarium Awards), in addition to renowned local artist Stephen Hobbs and UJ Art Gallery curator, Annali Dempsey, bringing a wealth

Top to bottom The overall winning submission to the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2018 was artist Chris Soal's sculpture, ‘Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members'; Aleks Ashton won the jewellery category with 'Tiara of the Heart and Head'; winner of the fashion category was Gabrielle Foulis with 'The Art of Destruction'

Runner-up: Daniella Sachs Fashion Winner: Gabrielle Foulis Runner-up: Nangamso Dana Sculpture Winner: Chris Soal Runner-up: Franli Meintjes Industrial Design Winner: Giovanni Zambri Runner-up: Anton van Reenen Film Winner: Phumulani Ntuli

of industry know-how to the judging of South Africa’s top art and design contest. The national judges were also responsible for choosing the various category winners and runners-up are: Jewellery Winner: Aleks Ashton

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Each of the category winners received R50 000 in cash with the runners-up getting R15 000, bringing the total prize money for the competition to half-a-millionrand. These winners were chosen from a record number of 62 national finalists from 302 regional entrants, topping last year’s number, which saw 55 finalists chosen from 869 regional entries. The awards programme has been in existence for four years, with entrants submitting work across a number of categories, including film, fashion, sculpture, jewellery, industrial

design and architecture. Unlike in previous years, entries in the Architecture category will be showcased and judged at the 2018 Architecture ZA conference, replacing the prestigious Des Baker Award for outstanding work by an architecture student. “The winner will be seen as the best design student currently enrolled for a degree in architecture,” says Van der Merwe. Works by all the national finalists, including the winners, will be on exhibition at the UJ Art Gallery until 25 April 2018. The finalists’ work will form part of the awards’ prestigious travelling exhibition, visiting platforms like the Turbine Art Fair and 100% Design South Africa 2018 in Gauteng, the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban. “The initiative has enabled and empowered more artists and designers than any comparable project in South Africa,” states Van der Merwe. www.ppcimaginarium.co.za


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APPLYING NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO URBAN PROBLEMS In 2013, Actuality, in partnership with BiomimicrySA started working with the Western Cape Government to help facilitate the Berg River Improvement Plan (BRIP) and specifically focus on the Langrug informal settlement – located 3km northwest of the centre of Franschhoek with a population of 4 000 inhabitants. The aim of the project is to deal with the wastewater, storm water and solid waste issues faced by the community due to a lack of infrastructure. In October 2016, Terrafirma, Western Cape Terraforce recommended contractor, was approached by Isidima Civils to install 1000m2 of Terracrete hard lawn paver blocks. Terracrete blocks are permeable, interlocking, concrete pavers that encourage water infiltration and prevent rain water runoff, mitigating large volumes of urban runoff that can cause serious erosion and siltation in surface water bodies. Permeable paved surfaces also help to control pollutants, as they capture heavy metals, preventing them from washing downstream and accumulating inadvertently in the environment. The blocks cover a 4-5m wide road surface of about 110m and a smaller 2-2.5m wide pathway of 120m that run parallel to each other. They form part of a broader water management system that works as follows: A series of greywater disposal points have been constructed and linked via underground pipes to miniature wetlands and tree gardens – hence the absence of open sewers. These specially designed wetlands start purifying the water as it moves down the slope from wetland to wetland and ultimately to the municipal sewer system. The system is maintained by the community it serves and they also ensure that everybody follows the rules needed to keep the system functioning healthily and correctly. And the difference this project is making to the community is already noticeable. Says Siegfried Schäfer, journalist for the Franschoek Tattler, after visiting the site in in January last year. “Superficially blocks S and T of the Langrug informal settlement may



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look much the same as the other blocks. Looking a little deeper though, one soon discovers that something exciting is happening here and the differences suddenly become obvious. Plastic litter that is absent here. So are the open streams of foul wastewater. The path between the shacks has a curb to give it a level surface and channel storm water to the nearest storm water drain. Perhaps most strikingly the informal road is paved with open grass pavers and there are large indigenous trees every few metres along the road.â€? Schäfer adds that the project includes monitoring and research by postgraduate students funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the Water Research Commission. “Every aspect is being documented with the aim of learning as much as possible. Lessons learned will determine the feasibility of implementing this within the whole community and possibly to other informal (and formal) settlements elsewhere. “Further phases will include solid waste collection points and encouraging entrepreneurship about waste recycling and upcycling. The use of eco-machines (biomimicry wastewater treatment systems) for treating storm water at source is the next focus area of the project, which is planned for construction on a section of land adjacent to the Groendal Secondary School soccer field.â€? www.terraforce.com



 

      

     



  

 

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AFRISAM’S FULTON AWARDS PUSHES BOUNDARIES Cement and construction materials leader AfriSam is the new anchor sponsor for the Concrete Society of southern Africa’s prestigious Fulton Awards. This latest development is in line with the company’s mission of creating concrete possibilities by pushing the boundaries of concrete products, both in terms of sustainability and technical performance. “This event is well known for recognising excellence in concrete – a product that is synonymous with AfriSam,” says Richard Tomes, executive: sales and marketing, AfriSam. “We believe it is essential to give a platform to those individuals and companies that are pushing the boundaries in the use of concrete as this process leads to the

innovative use of concrete from an architectural as well as a functional perspective.” In addition to being a longtime supporter of the Fulton Awards, AfriSam has also been a sponsor of the AfriSamSAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation for almost a decade. “At AfriSam, our focus has always been about the possibilities that concrete structures create for society, which is why we work closely with industry bodies and tertiary education institutions to achieve this,” says Tomes. “This collaboration seeks to do more than just promoting awareness within the industry. We actively get involved with various industry bodies like the Concrete Society, South African Institute of Architects

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(SAIA) and universities to fund research as well as various initiatives aimed at advancing excellence in concrete. Our work is always about partnerships, as none of us can create these concrete possibilities on our own.” The Fulton Awards recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete. The Awards recognise the various teams involved in the construction of each project, including the owner, developer, consultants and contractors. Nominations for the 2019 awards will be opening shortly and will include any project that has been completed in 2017, or substantially completed in 2018. Judging will take place on-site in early February and March 2019. A panel of seasoned industry experts have been selected to travel the country to evaluate each entered project worthy of an award. The process will

culminate in the awarding of the esteemed Fulton Awards for Excellence at a prestigious function to be held at the luxurious Drakensberg Champaign Sports Resort in June 2019. “In partnering with the Concrete Society this important event allows AfriSam to recognise the excellent work that our customers achieve using high quality concrete that they purchase from our various readymix operations around country, or that they produce themselves using aggregates and cement from AfriSam quarries and cement operations,” says Tomes. The categories in 2019 are: infrastructure up to R100m project value; infrastructure above R100m project value; building structures up to three storeys; building structures above three storeys; architectural concrete; and innovation in concrete. www.afrisam.com


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POOR QUALITY CONCRETE IS WASTEFUL – AND DANGEROUS, WARNS TCI Poor quality concrete wastes time and money, ruins contractors’ reputations – and could be dangerous to users of sub-standard structures, warns John Roxburgh, lecturer at The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology. Roxburgh says it has sadly become a fact of life that the contracting fraternity pleads poverty when it comes to doing a project properly – but then ends up having to find funds to fix disasters later. “In concrete works, this is especially true. By not getting the job right the first time, the contract is going to run over time and costs will escalate drastically,” he states. Roxburgh says concrete quality typically encapsulates three elements: • Firstly, the concrete must perform structurally. It should have the correct strength and required deformation properties. • Secondly, it should be aesthetically pleasing. “Of course, there will be many cases where aesthetics is irrelevant,

such as in foundations. But in exposed concrete, appearance will be important and will often be the only way a client will judge a contractor’s work. Attractive concrete calls for precision of work and a good off-shutter finish.” • Lastly – and this is the element of quality often overlooked – how well the concrete will perform over time within the environment it has been placed. Durable concrete will have a low maintenance cost over its lifecycle. “So how does a contractor produce quality concrete?” Roxburgh says. ”The quote by the American war hero, William A Foster, sums it up beautifully. Foster said, ‘Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of high intentions, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution’. To produce quality concrete, having the correct intentions is just the first step, doing the necessary preparations is even more important.”

The correct concrete mix design to meet the required strength, durability and workability requirements must be formulated. And a suitable mix design can only be found by trial testing. Mockups of the formwork, which represent the shape of the actual formwork in the project, should be made. The concreting teams should practice on these mock-ups to develop the correct placing techniques and to ensure the correct surface finish to the concrete. For concrete with high durability, good site practice is vital and this should include a thorough curing regime. Curing can never be rushed. Quality supervision will also go a long way towards producing quality concrete. Concrete producers should provide clients with evidence of their concrete’s quality by having an intensive testing programme at SANAS accredited laboratories. www.theconcreteinstitute.org.za

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HEATING TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA South Africans are becoming more aware of world trends when it comes to heating our homes. There is a strong move away from the traditional open fireplace to the more efficient closed or slow combustion fireplace. These fireplaces provide a lot more heat in a home using less wood along with longer burning time between refills. One is also making a valued contribution to lowering the environmental impact by the reduction of carbon emission and less reliance on electricity for heating, thereby lowering the demand on the electricity grid. In today’s modern fireplace (sometimes referred to as a stove) the design is what allows the lowering of emissions. This is achieved by having the by-products of the first primary combustion channelled through the back into the combustion chamber and a secondary burning takes place creating more heat and lower practical emissions. An important benefit of a closed fireplace is that it

retains the heat generated by the fireplace and the heat is not lost up the chimney, therefore keeping the house warmer for a longer time. Another is that no cold air finds its way down an open chimney resulting in a cold house in the morning. It is important to remember that a fireplace alone is not going to keep a house warm and goes hand in hand with the correct form of roof, wall and floor insulation. Wood fireplaces are a good choice as the amount of carbon dioxide released is approximately the same that is absorbed by a tree during its growth.

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It is also a renewable resource as plantations and cultivated woodland can be created thereby leading to job creation. These types of fireplaces are not restricted to new houses and can be retro fitted or installed when doing a home renovation. Fireplace Warehouse is one of the leading fireplace suppliers in the South African market and is based in Johannesburg. According to sales manager, Dave Tunbridge it is important for architects, designers, interior decorators, home owners and builders to get the right information regarding the

installation of a fireplace from the very beginning of a project. It is important to consider the position, size and design of a fireplace so that one has a beautiful yet practical feature in a home that also adds value. Fireplace Warehouse is more than happy to assist architects, designers, interior decorators, home owners and builders with designing, supplying and in some case installing new fireplaces. Fireplace Warehouse has a wide range of wood and gas fireplaces as well as a large range of charcoal and gas braais available. www.fireplacewarehouse.co.za


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HEATING SOLUTIONS FOR MODERN LIFE The majority of today’s new homes have modernistic architecture with clean lines, uncluttered looks, bigger open plan living spaces and more glass windows for better light than they did a decade or two ago. Home heating systems have consequently changed to complement this new look, to be easier to use and capable of heating large open-plan areas. The traditional open wood or gas fires with a face brick or timber surround, so popular pre-2000, are now rarely used. At best the efficiency of these wood fires was approximately 20%, enabling them to warm one room of a home with a high wood consumption. In addition, when the fire was not

burning, the perpetually open chimney vented warm air out of the room at an alarming rate. From an environmental aspect, these fires were not friendly, and if you were buying the wood or gas used in these types of fires, the cost of warming one room became prohibitive. In terms of heating your home with an appliance that provides an enticing flame as a focal point, the market has moved on to Closed Combustion Wood Stoves (CCWS) or Flue-less Gas Fires. CCWS are wood burning fires where the combustion takes place behind a pane of glass. Air is brought into the combustion chamber through

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easily adjustable air vents, allowing the rate of burn, and hence the heat output, to be controlled. CCWS with a good insulator material inside them, will increase the combustion temperature of the fire substantially, enabling heat to travel fast across open plan spaces as an infra-red-light beam, and will push efficiencies to touch 80%. These units are powerful heaters, capable of economically heating large areas of a home. Assuming you are buying wood in bulk, CCWSes are capable of heating 150 to 200m2 of home for about R3 500 per winter. With the high temperature combustion achieved in these CCWS, the emissions into the atmosphere are minimal. The best of these units are

actually rated worldwide as environmentally friendly, with the emissions produced being less than if the wood had been left to naturally rot in the forest. It’s a real ‘win-win’ scenario: Good for the environment as well as brilliant at heating your home economically. Flue-less Gas Fires are a fairly recent invention, where gas is burnt in a manner to both look good and produce very few emissions. This makes them ideal to heat large open-plan living areas and provide an amazing ambience from the open flames. They have the convenience of producing large amounts of heat at the flick of a switch, perfect for today’s busy lifestyle. www.infinitifires.co.za


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DESIGN SHOULD IMPACT DAILY LIVING AND THE PLANET Pierre Cronje, a leader in the South African solid timber design and manufacturing industry, has been setting the benchmark in quality craftsmanship and wellproportioned aesthetic design for over 30 years by assisting discerning clients and decorators realise their interior design vision. By weaving together people, process, product and place, Pierre Cronje connects the dots between concept and execution. As your solid timber expert partner, Pierre Cronje takes the time to understand needs and aspirations. Those insights help them develop innovative timeless solutions that also meet business needs. At the same time, Pierre Cronje’s bespoke furniture, hardwood flooring and architectural fittings solutions provide the flexibility to accommodate tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

Pierre Cronje focuses on high-end commercial building interior upgrades and new design and installations required for boutique hotels, wine estates, lodges and other developments. They offer a full project service incorporating interior design, sourcing and procurement, installation

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and facilitation as well as overall project management. Pierre Cronje believes design should impact daily living and the planet in general. They put quality, innovation and sustainability at the centre of forward-thinking design methodology. Pierre Cronje works with responsibly sourced, un-edged boards and lean towards extreme cuts. Interpreting specifications, selecting the best planks for each project, monitoring the moisture content, consulting on the final visual appearance

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CAPTURING CONTINUITY AND CONTRAST Neolith® goes with the flow and against the grain for this stylish Italian villa ‘House in Roma’, was born out of a desire to bring the glamour of an Italian countryside villa into the heart of Rome. Approaching this project, architect Pierluigi De Gasperis was fascinated with the dual principles of continuity and contrast. He wanted to include both concepts into the final designs of the structure’s interiors. Using their considerable artistic expertise, De Gasperis’s team of designers mixed and matched colours and textures to achieve contrast and enhance the overall atmosphere of the interior. But the greater challenge was his aim to capture the essence of continuity. Initial inspiration came from the local abundance of travertine stone, which combines subtle greywhite tones and delicately undulating veining. The desire was to incorporate this style throughout the villa’s flooring. However, naturally hewn stone is notoriously hard to fabricate into a continuous grain, due to its unpredictable and spontaneous patterning. Rather than changing tack, this encouraged De Gasperis to consider alternative materials in order to achieve fluidity, so central to his imaginative design.

Classical Continuity Silver travertine is a dramatic stone and full of character. It was central to the overall aesthetic of the house. Travertine, widely found throughout both classical and modern architecture, was highly-prized by the ancient Romans. Marked by its characteristic veining or strata, it is a material with deep affiliation to the Lazio region (central Italy). The luxuriant villas nestled in the Alban Hills, which fringe Rome, have long used carved Travertine for both structural and decorative purposes. It is these corresponding attributes that influenced the architect when he drew up the initial concept for ‘House in Roma’.   “We wanted to ingrain this house with personality and history,” said De Gasperis. “Travertine’s prolific use in architecture over the last 2 000 years and its timeless ability to evolve and adapt in line with a specific style or movement made it an attractive choice. Its visual appeal and association with grandeur made it highly desirable, explained De Gasperis “However, the

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permeability of natural travertine makes it susceptible to staining, especially from acidic substances, even seemingly innocuous, everyday liquids such as orange juice. Neolith Strata Argentum provided a welcome solution. Its faithful interpretation of travertine made it the perfect

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Flawless Fabrication Rome is globally renowned for its impressive sculptures and iconic stone monuments. Paying homage to the skilled artisans of the city, House in Roma’s floor is a masterpiece in fabrication and the centrepiece of the project. It is a feature in its own right, a vista of travertine, stretching beyond the threshold of the house emphasising continuity. As a result of the clever and meticulous fitting, by top fabricators Stone Arredo, the villa’s flooring creates a mesmerising illusion of fluidity. Rapturously flowing from staircase to ground level, out of the threshold and onto the terrace into a panorama of Strata Argentum, it provides a seamless connection between inside and outside. The surface’s silvery striations pleasantly stretch out to ultimately envelop a pool that incorporates the subtle, sandy, sun-soaked shades of Neolith’s Arena.

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Commenting on the significance of the project, and how it relates to the brand’s own activity, Neolith’s Mar Esteve Cortes says, “When our Italian distributor, Domus Marmi, came to us with this project and described the concept we were very excited. We felt the material chosen and the required precision within the design would present a tantalising challenge for the fabricators. If the ambitious plans could be realised, they would create a highly individual interior full of character. As one can see from the finished floor, the results speak for themselves – it really showcases the potential of Neolith.” A Question of Balance A key principle within the world of art is that contrast should, fundamentally, be complementary. It must serve to augment perceptions, creating harmony as opposed to discord. When colours are contrasted

effectively within an interior, they can offer either a backdrop emphasising certain features, or stand alone to become the unifying element, bringing a whole room together. In addition to ensuring a high degree of continuity throughout the house, the designers were also keen to provide focal points within the property through an interesting and diverse use of matt earth colours and natural effects. De Gasperis’s simple, but visually arresting mosaic of Neolith’s Barro, Pietra di Luna and Pierta di Osso in one of the two bathrooms lends a distinctly modernist look. Its approximated symmetry offsets the space’s metallic fixtures. The second bathroom features

the rustic look and feel of wood against lavish and lustrous marble. Neolith’s La Boheme B01 and La Boheme B02 used in conjunction with Calacatta Gold establishes a minimalist décor, which is refinement embodied. The clever use of material patterns and textures within these two rooms amplifies the space within, creating a captivating visual equilibrium which excites and entices. www.neolith.com

A VERSATILE MODULAR SYSTEM FOR MADE-TO-MEASURE WASHBASIN AREAS With the launch of Geberit VariForm, Geberit has supplemented its washbasin range with the addition of undercountertop, countertop and lay-on washbasins in a variety of different sizes and shapes. The washbasins are available in a round, rectangular, oval and elliptic design. As a result, Geberit VariForm washbasins offer virtually unlimited design variety when it comes to bathroom solutions in public sanitary facilities and washbasin areas in hotel and private bathrooms. The washbasins are timelessly beautiful thanks to their particularly slim rims. Thus, the design of the countertop and lay-on washbasins suits virtually any bathroom. To ensure even more creative freedom, Geberit offers countertop and lay-on washbasins both with or without a tap hole bench. This means that the washbasin tap can be attached to the ceramic appliance or the under-countertop plate as a deck-mounted tap or to the prewall installation as a wall-mounted tap, depending on the requirements, desired design and construction situation.

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Good ergonomics thanks to generous basin depth All VariForm washbasins have a generous basin depth, which gives the user more space and thus ensures a comfortable washing experience. Thanks to its design and use of high-quality sanitary ceramic, the surface of the washbasins is crack-proof, scratch-proof as well as easy to clean and remains beautiful for a very long time even with heavy use. A comprehensive portfolio for public, semi-public and private sanitary facilities Geberit VariForm is a comprehensive range that comprises washbasin solutions for projects in public, semi-public and private areas. Together with the portfolio of urinals, toilets, washbasins, electronically controlled taps, waste fittings and the installation technology behind the wall, building owners and project managers have access to consistent system solutions from Geberit. This means reliability, quality and service support for sanitary projects. www.geberitcollection.com


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CENTURION EXTENDS COMMERCIAL PRODUCT FAMILY Following 2016’s much-publicised acquisition by global access automation leader FAAC S.p.A, Centurion Systems has added to its industrial and commercial product ranges, adding, inter alia, door automation, bollards and traffic barriers to its stable of heavy-duty solutions. According to Centurion spokesperson Charl Mijnhardt, the extended range runs the gamut of commercial access control, offering high duty cycles, battery backup and robust construction. “These operators are designed to work in challenging conditions,” explains Mijnhardt. “They are at home securing entrances and exits at business parks, shopping centres and mines. I mean, the FAAC 884 (industrial sliding gate operator) is capable of automating gates weighing up to 3.5 tons. Just looking at this operator – the sheer authority that it commands – it’s clear from

for high-quality, reliable and feature-rich automation and access control solutions, including sliding door automation. “While sliding door operators undoubtedly fall under the umbrella of access automation,” says Sequeira, “They have traditionally reflected an entirely different market segment, for example, gate and garage door automation.” “The FAAC range (of door automation solutions) is the culmination of decades of being a thought-leader in this space, and showcases the company’s flair for innovative engineering. The products manage to seamlessly blend superior aesthetics with futuristic intelligence.” In the coming months, Centurion will introduce the market to its new solutions. “We are very proud to be a prominent voice in the global conversation around security. We know

the outset that it means business.” Last year, Centurion appointed Emmanuel Sequeira to head the growth and development of the door automation range. Sequeira says that the growing expansion of urban development has led to an increase in demand

that technology is a powerful ally in the fight against crime, and the convergence of different solutions and technologies is at the head of a growing movement to ensuring peace of mind at every touch point,” concluded Mijnhardt. www.centsys.co.za

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STOPPING FIRES Brandon and Graham Park

CHANGING OF THE GUARD ON EVE OF KBAC GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY KBAC Flooring will celebrate its 50th anniversary with three new key executive appointments in place to steer the flooring giant on the next phase of a remarkably successful journey that started way back in 1969, the year man first stepped on the moon. Brandon Park has been appointed KBAC’s new chief executive officer, Ashleigh Keefer as its new chief financial officer, and Etienne Louw as the new managing director. Brandon joined the company in 2000 as a sales representative and, as his experience grew, focused more on the exclusive brand offerings within the business and called on the architectural and design community to grow this specialised side of the company. He also spent time on the contractual side of the business to develop a holistic view of sales and operations. In 2006, he was appointed to the KBAC board and as part of the Group’s long-term succession plan, has been extensively mentored over the past year by his father, the outgoing CEO, Graham Park. Ashleigh Keefer, KBAC Flooring’s new CFO, joined the company in 2005 as bookkeeper and later became accountant prior to her appointment as the KBAC group financial manager in August 2014. In 2016, she became an alternative director and in 2017 was appointed to the KBAC board as director and CFO. Ashleigh, too, has received extensive tuition from outgoing CFO, Neil Duncan, to prepare her for the important role she now plays in the company’s finances. Etienne Louw, the newly-appointed managing director of KBAC Flooring, joined Cape Town’s Albert Carpets as financial manager almost 19 years ago. Etienne was appointed to the Albert Carpet’s management team in 2000, acquired a shareholding in the company a year later and was invited to join the KBAC executive committee in 2010, when the merger between KBAC and Albert Carpets took place. He became a director of KBAC in 2014. Now at the forefront of flooring in South Africa, the company was established on April 1, 1969, when Graham Park was part of the team that first opened the doors of Kevin Bates Flooring, a small shop at 128 Marshall Street in the Johannesburg CBD. Kevin Bates, who led the founding team, retired from the business some years ago and passed away last year in Knysna. Today, the KBAC Floor Group operates from Linbro Business Park in Johannesburg, and Roeland Street in Cape Town, and has supplied and installed flooring for dozens of acclaimed corporate headquarters as well as thousands of residential premises in South Africa and beyond its borders. www.kbacflooring.co.za

BEFORE THEY START!

ASP Fire is able to conduct fire-risk assessments and Rational Fire Designs for shopping centres. Fire plans have to be resubmitted for approval whenever a tenant changes, or if the internal layout of a shop changes. Most tenants are not aware of the specific requirements for automatic fire detection and alarm systems and their obligation to install them. Ceiling void smoke detection, void fire protection and the activation of smoke extraction systems by tenant fire panels are areas often ignored when shopping centres are built.

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DREAM IN KOHLER WHAT? Leading bathroom and kitchen manufacturer Kohler is thrilled to announce the launch of their visionary design competition Dream in Kohler. They are challenging designers to push the envelope of modern bathroom design with a call for fierce creativity. The brief is to design a 16m2 bathroom space that both expresses who they are and reflects our South African milieu. WHY? One of Kohler’s fundamental goals has always been to discover and invest in local talent wherever the brand has a presence in the world, actively doing its part to shape the design

landscape. The Dream in Kohler platform allows designers who are on the verge of taking off a stage from which to showcase their exceptional skills. For the entrants, winning could lead to recognition, wealth, esteem and bragging rights. Essentially Dream in Kohler has the potential to transform careers. THE WINNINGS The brains behind the proposal that knocks Kohler’s socks off will be rewarded with a paid contract to create their winning design at the prestigious 100% Design show at Decorex Joburg this August. The winner will also be promoted in a Global Kohler Design Trends video

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shoot. The runner up will receive the opportunity to recreate their design at the avant-garde Kohler Gallery in Johannesburg, an inspiring space that has redefined the definition of a showroom. WHO’S JUDGING? The cognoscenti of design and style in SA will be casting their trained eyes over the entries. The people to impress

are TV-star and style shaper Maps Maponyane, interior designer Nthabi Taukobong of Ditau Interiors, decorista and SA Décor & Design founder Marcia Margolius, architect Greg Scott of Scott & Partners Architects and Greenside Design Centre’s head of interior design, Jason Wiggin. Entries close on 9 May 2018. www.africadreaminkohler.com


CRITICAL CHANGES AHEAD FOR PLASTIC TANK MANUFACTURERS New industry tank standard oers a quality compliant guarantee on plastic water and chemical storage tanks

The Association of Rotational Moulders of Southern Africa (ARMSA) announced a new South African industry tank standard for polyethylene chemical and water storage tanks. The SANS 1731:2017 standard, developed in conjunction with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), offers a warranty to members of the broader construction, plumbing, architecture and design, landscaping and built industry as well as to home owners that tank manufacturers conform to world best practise. Productivity Engineering Services and Consultants (PESC), an independent auditing company appointed by ARMSA, will regularly audit tank manufacturers and issue SANS 1731:2017 certificates to those who comply.

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Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the JBCC.

INSURANCE OF BUILDING WORK COMPLEX BUT IMPORTANT Building operations invariably involve a variety of risks that could affect the environmental, financial, political and technical aspects of a building project. It is therefore important for the parties involved to take out adequate and the correct insurance for the full lifespan of a project, advises Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). Putlitz says generally five types of insurable risk generally apply to all construction projects: • Contract Works Insurance (CWI) deals with the whole work during the construction period including plant and materials, work by specialist contractors, and additional professional support where damage to the work occurs. Such a policy must be extended to include possible damage to existing buildings during alterations and

of the parties, including civil commotion, riots and strike action not included in the CWI policy. SI can be obtained from the South African Special Risks Insurance Association (SASRIA), or the Namibian Special Risks Insurance Association (NASRIA) in Namibia. Supplementary to the CWI, SI is not available to the public and needs to be arranged by a broker • Public Liability Insurance (PLI) provides indemnity in the event of a death or injury to any person and/or accidental loss or physical damage to tangible property • Removal of Lateral Support Insurance (RLSI) applies where the execution of the works may cause weakening or damage or interference with the support of land or property on site or adjacent to the site and the

The tender documents must specify if the employer or the contractor must insure the works in the joint names of the parties. Regardless of who insures the works, the beneficiary should be the employer – and he or she should pay the premiums. Putlitz says the concept of insurance is straightforward but the actual selection of appropriate policies for specific contracts is not. “That is why it is important to deal only with a broker experienced in construction industry insurance matters. This type of cover is not a do-it-yourself activity and, if dealt with improperly, all claims will be rejected. The insurance must be carefully considered to include and list all identified risks including the location of the works, the type of structure, the method of construction and where

occupy the works, but it is advantageous to include the contractor’s defects liability period in the CWI to cover malfunctions of mechanical and electrical equipment, waterproofing coatings, and even landscaping. It is equally important for subcontractors to insure the tools they use on building sites and maintain general business insurances. “Should an accident occur, and someone gets hurt or killed, reparation is sought from the Public Liability Insurance policy so it is important that the employer, the contractor, and subcontractor maintain separate policies. A third party is not governed by the contract and may therefore institute an action of recourse for injury against any one of the contracting parties, or jointly. “Finally, it should be

additions and/or to include adjoining structures • Supplementary Insurance (SI) deals with expense or loss caused by events outside the normal control

consequences thereof • Other Insurances (OI) applies to cover risks in transit of goods imported from overseas specifically for installation in a project.

existing structures or other site conditions may be at risk. “The period of insurance generally applies until the date of practical completion when the employer can

remembered that omissions from an insurer’s proposal form or false declarations will invalidate an insurance policy,” Putlitz adds. www.jbcc.co.za

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Bijou table Cape Town design and interiors company OKHA’s new Bijou Table, meaning jewel in French, is hand-crafted from brass and tinted glass to achieve an elemental play of reflection to evoke the jewellike effect at the heart of its design. Designer Adam Court says, “The Bijou is the result of a fascination with eroded stone and gem forms found in nature as with a piece of

bespoke jewellery. It is a play on asymmetry, reflection and the beauty of organic form.” The Bijou has two shelves or hemispheres. The top shelf is made of tinted glass, which does not fill the whole surface and gives way to ‘windows’ either side. The effect rendered is that of a piece of jewellery, similar to a gem stone set in precious metal. This layered and luxurious

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effect is further articulated by the bottom shelf made of mirror polished brass, which reflects any object placed above. Solid brass legs step and taper to a fine profile, the upper section brushed, and the lower sections, fine polished. Custom oxidised and patinated brass finishes are available as well as optional granite or marble inserts. www.okha.com


NEW Inverter Light

TheSamsung advantages of offers an inverter, 15 700 reasons why at an affordable price. superior draught-free airconditioning: the 4-Way Wind-Free cassette Samsung, a world leader in airconditioning technology, announces yet another revolutionary advance in climate control: Wind-FreeTM airconditioning. Our new 4-Way Cassette first cools a room ultra-quickly with Fast Cooling mode, thanks to the world’s first 8-pole Digital Inverter Compressor that dramatically reduces time for the compressor to reach maximum cooling speed. Then as soon as pre-set temperature has been reached, the Cassette automatically switches over to Wind-Free mode, gently dispersing cool air evenly and silently through 15 700 micro-holes. Samsung is thrilled to introduce the new Inverter Light. Result: no cold draughts plus energy-savings of up to 55% compared with Fast Cooling mode.

With a new and sleek design, bigger fan motor and increased air intake, the Samsung Inverter Light maximises energy efficiency Wind-FreeTM - A new meaning to comfort. with unrivalled unit performance.

For more information on the Samsung Wind-Free units, please contact Fourways Airconditioning.

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Kwa-Zulu Natal E.Cape W. & N. Cape George: PretoriaPort Elizabeth: (041) 484-6413 Gauteng & Central region579-1895 Kwa-Zulu Natal: (031) 082 380 0708 Fourways Airconditioning (Jhb) Fourways Airconditioning (Pta) Samair ( Cape Town) Samair ( Port Elizabeth) Fourways Aircondidtioning ( K Bloemfontein: 083 381 0074 Helderberg: (021) 854-5233 East London: (043) 722-0671 (031) 579-1895 (041) 484 – 6413 (021) 556 8292 (012) 643-0445 (011) 704-6320 www.fourwaysairco n.co.za

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Leading Architecture & Design April/May 2018  

The April/May issue of Leading Architecture and Design features four outstanding local architectural projects, each in its way pushing the b...

Leading Architecture & Design April/May 2018  

The April/May issue of Leading Architecture and Design features four outstanding local architectural projects, each in its way pushing the b...