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12 WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE This Women’s Month, Leading Architecture & Design is celebrating South Africa’s top women architects.




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Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal at JFK Airport has been given a second lease on life as the centrepiece and arrival point for a new hotel.

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BLUEPRINT 18 JAVETT ART CENTRE The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria, designed by Mathews and Associates Architects, creates a new urban icon to house SA’s crown jewels, the Mapungubwe Collection.

24 HIRT & CARTER EPA Architects deployed bold colour and abstract metaphor to animate the new Hirt and Carter Group Facility in KwaZulu-Natal.

30 BMW Boogertman + Partners have added to their earlier refurbishment of

BMW (SA)’s Midrand Campus by converting a redundant warehouse into a new brand centre, training centre and IT offices.

36 MALUTI CRESCENT The rebranded Maluti Crescent, designed by MDS Architecture, is now one of the largest shopping centres in the Free State.

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ED'S NOTE This is the second year we’ve interviewed a selection of top women architects to mark Women’s Month. While we’re aware that singling out women might on some levels perpetuate inequalities, there is undeniably still value in celebrating the achievements of women in the profession, and openly discussing the challenges women architects face. At least, until there is complete equality. It’s interesting to note that the architects we spoke to this year concentrate on different issues from those we profiled last year. The gender pay gap was a crucial point of discussion last year, but this year most of the women we spoke to feel the issue has been rectified in the firms they work for. All note that, while the field of architecture itself is less and less overtly sexist, the built environment more generally remains tainted with chauvinism. This year, the harsh economic environment appears to be placing women at an unfair disadvantage, particularly working mothers, as it necessitates long working hours on short deadlines. While the industry has undoubtedly made significant strides, the anecdotal evidence suggests that the broader question of work-life balance remains an area in need of transformation.


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Despite being South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria has often played a supporting role to bold and brash Johannesburg and Cape Town’s cosmopolitan charms. However, when it comes to architectural heritage, the ‘Jacaranda City’ is well-endowed. From the skyline-dominating Union Buildings and Voortrekker Monument, to the imposing edifices that make up its administrative precincts, Pretoria might almost be deserving of a second moniker: the city of sandstone, JOHAN SWAR brick and granite. But when you look beyond the ALAIN PROU T ST impressive façades, soaring columns and linear planes of buildings that were intended to convey power and authority, you’ll find light-filled interiors embellished with decorative touches that are only hinted at from the pavement. Murals, mosaics, domes, galleries, stained glass windows, gleaming brass and impressive woodwork are often hidden from view behind doors that are closed to the public. Even those museums, buildings and places of worship that are open to all have architectural and design features that are easily overlooked unless they’ve been pointed out. The history of the city and, often, the country too, has been played out in many of the places featured in Hidden Pretoria. This story of our shared heritage deserves to be captured for a new generation so that they recognise the value in the built environment and the need to preserve the past in order to protect the future. Out this October. 781432 3 04652





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1. Concept design for a marina, Riette Kotze Boogertman + Partners 2. Singita Boulders Lodge, Sally Tsilliyiannis, GAPP Architects & Urban Designers 3. Sasol Place, Claire D’Adorante, Paragon Interface 4. Norval Foundation, Renske Haller, dhk Architects 5. Tatu City Education Village for Crawford, Lila Gouws, Boogertman + Partners


WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES DO WOMEN ARCHITECTS FACE? In the past, it was a battle to be taken seriously in the historically maledominated profession, but I always found my small size more of a problem than being a woman. My renowned assertiveness is probably the outcome of having had to work so hard to prove myself in the past. Today, all architects, regardless of gender, are required to pull rabbits out of hats on a regular basis. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WOMEN BRING TO THE PROFESSION? Mainly stoicism – the ability to hang in no matter what – to see all parts of the problem and work at it until all things are resolved to a successful and happy conclusion. I think women tend to “read the room” more effectively than men.

After many years of experience (34 to be exact) working as lead designer on large-scale, highly complex buildings in urban areas, I have more recently discovered the joy of working on sustainable projects in remote, ecologically sensitive areas throughout Africa. Hot off the press is the new Singita Lodge in Rwanda. I guess I could say nature drew me to the profession. Although I couldn’t define it at the time, even as a small child, playing in our exotic garden in Malawi, I had an awareness of the architecture formed by trees and all other elements of the landscape. WHO INSPIRES YOU? As a student, Eileen Gray (designer of the iconic E.1027 House), a notable non-conformist, modernist and pioneer whose work was largely disregarded in a time when fields of design and architecture were totally dominated by male architects. I continue to refer to her radical approach in transforming traditional crafts in everyday practice.


WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE PROFESSION IN TERMS OF GENDER TRANSFORMATION? Since I started out as a young graduate, there have been remarkable changes in how women are perceived in the industry. While challenges remain around work/life balance and raising a family in a highly demanding profession, I expect this will change as traditional male/female roles evolve and men take over more responsibilities in the home. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN STARTING OUT IN THE PROFESSION? Knowledge is empowering. Make it your business to learn as much about everything as possible, as people show respect when you know more than they do. Behave with confidence – even when you feel out of your depth. Real confidence only comes with having knowledge. Be prepared to start early, to work late, and to meet unrealistic deadlines. Repeat. A sense of humour will always see you through tough times.




Claire has nearly 20 years of experience in the interior design industry, working across multiple design environments in corporate workplace, retail, residential, healthcare and education sectors. She holds a BA Honours Degree from Greenside Design centre. She began her career in commercial interiors, then explored the world of retail and residential interiors but ultimately returned to her roots in commercial and workplace design. Claire worked for a large multi-disciplinary practice in Australia there for six years, returning to South Africa in 2012 in the role of director at Paragon Interface. She secured two of the largest fitout projects in the country – the new Head Office for Sasol and the new Discovery Campus.

Renske is managing director at dhk Architects and sits on the firm’s design review board. She joined the practice in 2006, was appointed a director in 2009 and took on the role of managing director in 2014. Renske studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and has worked in South Africa, the UK and the Netherlands where she also gained experience in urban design. Her experience lies in a range of projects at varying scales and complexities, from spatial development frameworks and master planning to individual buildings, public spaces and landscapes, including Norval Foundation and Delaire Graff Estate. Renske currently leads a team working on several private residences, boutique hotels, restaurants and galleries.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? I am consistently inspired by the women I work with. They are all completely unique, strong and purposeful, and have an amazing sense of themselves. In terms of famous women, I find Patricia Urquiola’s design style and business acumen to be particularity inspiring.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? I have been following the work of Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the last few years and find her interdisciplinary approach in blending architecture with the visual and performing arts particularly inspiring. It was fantastic when TIME Magazine named her the world’s most influential architect last year as I do not believe the achievements of women in architecture are celebrated enough.

WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES DO WOMEN ARCHITECTS FACE? When I began my career, it was not unusual for me to be the only woman in a meeting or on site, and also being young at the time, I was often not taken seriously and often felt uncomfortable being on a site alone. In my personal experience, women in this industry have had to work harder to be recognised and have had to “toughen up” in order to be able to deal with what is sometimes a quite aggressive space. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WOMEN BRING TO THE PROFESSION? One needs to understand how space affects the people it serves, and in my opinion, woman bring a greater level of understanding through their inherent intuition to this part the process. They are also more detail-orientated. And it is generally much easier to work with women! WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE PROFESSION IN TERMS OF GENDER TRANSFORMATION? I believe that in recent years it really has changed. The presence of women within all sectors of construction, both the professionals and on site, has notably increased. Women have always had a strong presence at Paragon. We currently employ more women than men and have a 50/50 split at director level. Perhaps that’s one of our advantages! WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN STARTING OUT IN THE PROFESSION? Just be yourself and trust in your unique skills. This is a wonderfully selfvalidating profession. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than to be able to create physical space that impacts others positively. Challenges will always arise, but these are part of life and only serve to make one stronger and more resilient.

WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES DO WOMEN ARCHITECTS FACE? By all accounts, the construction industry in South Africa remains a very male-dominated space, with women frequently citing experiencing prejudice, particularly when working on construction sites. I have experienced numerous challenges when leading projects on-site and have found that in the past I have had to work extremely hard to gain an equal level of respect and recognition as my male counterparts. I do, however, believe that the industry is slowly starting to transform. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WOMEN BRING TO THE PROFESSION? I believe that women bring balance to the profession. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE PROFESSION IN TERMS OF GENDER TRANSFORMATION? More needs to be done to retain women in the profession and support them in building their careers. We are pleased to say that 51% of the architects and architectural technologists employed at dhk are women. We are geared towards equal pay and promotion and have entrenched progressive policies and systems which are aimed at supporting motherhood. We allow for family responsibilities, paid maternity leave, flexible working hours and accommodate family events wherever possible. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN STARTING OUT IN THE PROFESSION? Architecture can be a tough profession for any young person starting out but embrace it. Immerse yourself in architecture and design, be passionate about the projects you are involved in and enjoy your work.






Lila studied at the University of Pretoria and joined Boogertman + Partners in 2012, where she is a team leader focusing on design and conceptualisation. Her passions include smaller-scale educational architecture as well as residential and cultural projects. Last year, she presented her team’s concept design for Tatu City Education Village for Crawford International at the World Architecture Festival, where it had been shortlisted in the Education: Future Project category.

Riette studied architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology and graduated in 2003. She started working at Boogertman + Partners in 2008, and now holds the position of team manager on a design-orientated team, often working on retail layout concepts, warehouses, urban design and even boutique hotels. Recently, she has been involved in a number of projects in continental Africa, including a masterplan for a mixed-use development in Gaborone.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? My biggest inspiration is not an architect, she’s a furniture designer: Ray Eames. Design wasn’t a job for her, it was an absolute passion. That’s what I’m striving towards: Waking up in the morning and thinking, which aspect of architecture I want to enhance in my work today?

WHO INSPIRES YOU? My idol at the moment is Gabriela Carrillo, a Mexican architect who won the Architects’ Journal Women in Architecture Award in 2017. She presented at the AZA conference in 2017, too. When she received the award, she questioned whether there should be an award for women architects. I find her very inspiring in terms how she approaches architecture as a woman trying to break the gender bias.

WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES DO WOMEN ARCHITECTS FACE? I have just returned from maternity leave. For the first time, I’m realising that I cannot put in as many hours anymore. I cannot compete as hard as I used to. As a new mother, you have to leave work at a certain point; you have to come in a bit later. When we actually work normal hours every day in our industry, and stick to them, rather than long hours on short deadlines, it will be much easier for women. But at the moment, for a woman it is really difficult. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WOMEN BRING TO THE PROFESSION? There is that level of finesse in the way you interact with the building that’s more common in buildings designed by women: the smaller elements, like how you perceive space, how you touch things. Women architects seem to find it easier to put people at the centre of their designs, where the user experience and your interaction with the building is more important than the building itself. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE PROFESSION IN TERMS OF GENDER TRANSFORMATION? Luckily, things are changing. Companies are trying to make it more comfortable for women. At Boogertman + Partners we’ve got a breastfeeding room, for example. If that becomes the norm, it would facilitate meaningful transformation. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN STARTING OUT IN THE PROFESSION? Architecture is really a wonderful industry if you have a passion for it, but you cannot do it if you see it as a job. For women specifically, I would say, the most important thing is self-confidence. You can say whatever you want, if you say it with confidence, people will believe in you and respect you. Confidence comes from knowing your projects very well. If you have an answer on the back of your hand for everything, then you can easily become the go-to person on any project regardless of your gender.


WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES DO WOMEN ARCHITECTS FACE? The gender pay gap was a big issue. Until recently, women in some cases were paid less than the people reporting to them. At Boogertman + Partners that has been rectified. But there is still chauvinism in the built environment. I have been to meetings where men have physically turned their backs on the women consultants and had their own little meeting. I’m also a mother, and the demands of the SA built environment mean our deadlines are ridiculous. Sometimes you have 24 hours to complete a project or a plan or a concept, which places unfair pressure on women who are mothers. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WOMEN BRING TO THE PROFESSION? It sounds airy fairy, but I can almost see when a building has been designed by a woman. There’s a level of detail, and consideration… Maybe it’s cultural conditioning, but the importance of the architecture steps back, and the importance of the human experience comes to the fore. Also, I think women are very hard-working. Being a mother, when you’re at work, you focus on getting the job done. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE PROFESSION IN TERMS OF GENDER TRANSFORMATION? In terms of society, paternity leave is important, too. In certain Scandinavian countries, parents have almost equal parental leave. Now that both parents have to bring in the money, it should be a 50/50 thing. Yes, men can’t breastfeed, but that’s no excuse not to do your part. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN STARTING OUT IN THE PROFESSION? Stop apologising. Have confidence. That doesn’t necessarily mean challenging a guy around every corner, but it does mean respectfully saying what you need to say, and carrying your message across. Don’t ever devalue yourself and your opinion as a woman.

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TWA Hotel at JFK Airport takes off The restoration of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 former Trans World Airlines terminal at JFK Airport in New York is the culmination of two decades of work by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. PHOTOGRAPHY TWA HOTEL/DAVID MITCHELL; COURTESY OF PANY&NJ, PHOTO BY JOHN BARTELSTONE; © CHRISTOPHER PAYNE/ESTO


ero Saarinen’s 1962 former Trans World Airlines terminal has been given new life as the centrepiece and arrival point for the new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners served as project and preservation architect for the hotel, which includes 512 rooms in two new buildings flanking the original Flight Centre, partnering with MCR and MORSE Development.

“The opening of the TWA Hotel, after being dark for nearly two decades, is a momentous event in the life of this true modern icon,” said Richard W. Southwick, Partner and Director of Historic Preservation at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. “My 25-year professional involvement with the preservation of the TWA Flight Centre and the opportunity to lead the architectural effort of our


talented design partners has been a highlight of my career.” Designed by Eero Saarinen, the TWA Flight Centre is one of the most iconic examples of midcentury modern architecture in the world. Since its opening in 1962, the building’s curvilinear lines and forms have served as a visual metaphor for flight and defined the modern airport terminal. Rendered obsolete by changes in the aviation industry, the terminal was closed in 2001, and stood vacant for nearly two decades. Since 1994, Beyer Blinder Belle has played a central role at the TWA Flight Centre, first as advocates to save it from demolition – working with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey – then restoring and repositioning the Flight Centre into a contemporary destination for MCR/Morse. The site was expanded with two new hotel structures and an underground conference centre to transform it into the TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport. The firm’s design elegantly and respectfully accomplishes two seemingly disparate goals: It preserves the integrity of the 1962 Flight Centre, and

reactivates it as the heart of a dynamic hotel with restaurants, retail, conference centre, ballroom, and other amenities. Defined by soaring sculptural concrete structures, the striking spatial experiences of the Flight Centre have been brought back to their original glamour. Beyer Blinder Belle used as-built record drawings dating from 1964 to inform its work. The two guestroom wings flanking the Flight Centre include 86 presidential full and junior suites, and 426 double and king rooms. Many of the king rooms are oriented to face the glass curtain wall focused on views of the historic Flight Centre or the airfield. The rooms evoke a mid-century modern design with walnut tambour accent walls, Saarinen-designed womb chairs and tulip tables, and a period martini bar. The double-loaded corridor, entered from the elevator lobby at the end of the building, is softened by the gentle curve of the structure. Lubrano Ciavarra was the design architect for the hotel buildings, working with Beyer Blinder Belle on their execution. Stonehill Taylor provided the interior design for the guestrooms and lobbies.


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The Conference Centre and the adjoining Pre-function space are located 29 feet (8,8m) below grade directly east of the Flight Centre. Consisting of a large sub-dividable Banquet Hall, and multiple conference rooms on two levels, the Centre is accessed through a pair of ornamental stairs on either end of the two-storey Pre-function space. These two major public spaces are separated by a set of double-height hangar doors, and both the Pre-function and Banquet spaces have balconies with meeting rooms overlooking the public area. In total, there are 41 meeting rooms ranging from 120 SF to 1 100 SF in addition to the

7 000 SF main Banquet Hall. The forms and finishes in the Conference Centre interpret Saarinen’s design palette with hardwoods, terrazzo floors and brass detailing. Interior design for the Conference Centre was provided by INC. Materials have been painstakingly sourced for reproduction from around the world, in some cases drawn from sample boards housed in the Saarinen Archive at Yale University. Interior details are authentic to original designs, and are essential to maintaining the jet-age atmosphere.

Reinvigorating the TWA Flight Centre provides a unique opportunity to increase public appreciation of mid-century design. Cultural experiences include a fully restored 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane – one of only four still in existence – “parked” on the tarmac between the two flight tubes where it serves as a lounge, and a collection of aviation and architectural artefacts celebrates mid-century design, the work of Eero Saarinen, and the Flight Centre’s history.

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Bridge of art The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria, designed by Mathews and Associates Architects, not only houses some of the finest artworks in the country – including the Mapungubwe Collection – but also reactivates and unifies the university campus and profoundly changes the face of Pretoria East.



he Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP), which officially launches this September, will provide a public showcase for the art of Africa, and will include some of the country’s national art and heritage treasures such as the worldfamous Mapungubwe gold collection. It consists of two main parts: a public art gallery and the Mapungubwe Museum, which is linked to an open Museum Square and includes a restaurant and outdoor exhibition space located in a publicly accessible portion of the university’s South Campus. The gallery extends over Lynnwood Road with a raised pedestrian concourse and a bridge gallery, stitching together the university’s Hatfield Campus and South Campus and touching down on a new University Art Square positioned above a new student gallery. Continued next page



The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria links the north and south campus via a "bridge gallery" that spans Lynnwood Road, and culminates in the Mapungubwe Museum, a vault-like concrete structure that houses the historical collection of art and artefacts.



The Javett-UP will house some of the finest artworks from the collections of the Javett Foundation – the lead donor on the project – and the University of Pretoria, as well as various temporary special exhibitions. It will also provide a public showcase for the famous Mapungubwe Collection, which includes the Golden Rhino and other artefacts. Architecturally, it also celebrates and extends the original historic Tukkielaan over Lynnwood Road, strengthening the cultural spine of the University of Pretoria. THE MAPUNGUBWE MOUNTAIN

The architectural forms and patterns are an expression of their historical local influences. The Mapungubwe Gallery, located alongside Lynnwood Road, is the commanding focal point of the centre, towering into the sky. It is formed as an abstract architectural interpretation of the Mapungubwe Hill: a solid, iconic, sculptural, vault-like structure was moulded using custom-formed shuttering to create deeply carved random recesses in the external concrete surface. These grooves create a constantly changing play of light and shadow on the building’s surface as the sun moves through the day and when viewed from the passing cars on the busy Lynnwood Road. This dynamic effect is further enhanced by the precise selective inclusion of golden mosaic strips placed to get the maximum effect from the site’s sun and the passing view angles, hinting at the collection of golden treasures that are displayed within.


The sculptural, vault-like structure of the the Mapungubwe Museum was inspired by the Mapungubwe mountain, where the famous golden artefects were discovered, and creates an iconic new city landmark.



The second dominant feature is the bridge gallery, which connects the Mapungubwe gallery and Hatfield campuses via a raised pedestrian concourse that extends over Lynnwood Road. Positioned alongside the pedestrian concourse is a dynamic gallery space that will display various travelling exhibitions, as well as selections of the students’ own works of art, graphics, architecture and even projects of a more academic nature from various faculties. The bridge gallery elevates art firmly into the public domain while celebrating Tukkielaan through the

culmination and extension of this historic route. The patterns of the concrete sunscreen panels that provide a cooling solar filter for the building are a graphic representation of shweshwe fabric – which has been part of South African life since 1652, continuing up to the present day – that symbolises the crossovers between Pedi, Indian, English and Afrikaans cultural heritage. The ever-changing shadow patterns on the external walls and floors will provide a dynamic reminder of these nationally unifying patterns that serve as a reminder of our common heritage.

In contrast to the massivity of the Mapungubwe Museum, the bridge gallery over Lynnwood Road has a light, permeable quality created by perforated screens, the pattern of which was inspired by shweshwe fabric.

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In addition to the many galleries, the main art centre includes a 117-seat auditorium, administrative offices, storage, art conservation and quarantine areas, as well as a restaurant serving the art complex while looking out over the picturesque grounds of Pretoria Boys’ High and opening up onto the centre’s main public Museum Square. PUBLIC SPACE

The Javett- UP includes two open squares: the Museum Square and the Art Square. The Museum Square is located on the southern side of Lynnwood Road in front of the main entrance. A natural gathering zone, this space is directly accessible to the public, serving the restaurant and playing host to various public functions and events. The main public entrance is located from this square.


The Art Square is located where the bridge gallery touches down on the university’s Hatfield campus, forming a raised focal culmination point along the university’s culturally historic Tukkielaan route. The university is well known for its sculptor alumni and it is envisaged that this square could also play host to international sculptural exhibitions and competitions. The space below the square will form another student gallery that will create a direct link between the faculties of the Built Environment and Visual Arts, thereby bringing together these two creative fields. The Javett-UP will provide a valuable contribution to the university, the city, and the country as a whole through the reactivation and unification of the university, the cultural enrichment and education of the city, and the international attraction of an uplifting national celebration of our rich African past.

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Top: The dramatic angular canopy at the entrance to the bridge gallery not only provides a point of orientation, but also guides the eye towards the focal point of the Mapungubwe Museum.


Above left: The main gallery space includes a 117-seat auditorium. Above right: The bridge gallery is positioned to reactivate the historical Tukkielaan, an arterial thoroughfare bisecting UP's north campus.

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The long façade at the Hirt and Carter Group Facility in KwaZulu-Natal is fragmented with randomly arranged, protruding, coloured 'meeting boxes’, creating a whimsical rhythm and the identifying architectural feature.



Press print The new Hirt and Carter Group Facility in the precinct of Cornubia in KwaZulu-Natal, designed by EPA Architects, amalgamates multiple companies under one roof while meeting highly technical demands and creating a dynamic, flexible and stimulating work environment. PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED

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his project was seeded by the requirement for a new factory and office facility to accommodate the amalgamation of 10 printing-related companies under one roof while responding to a complex set of industrial demands. The Hirt and Carter Group specialises in the digital marketing and printing business and is seen as the national market leader in their field. This project facilitates the businesses’ progressive growth and provides a new environment for the amalgamation of multiple companies under one roof, while allowing space for future acquisitions.


In order to derive a cohesive programme, factory services and functional printing spaces were analysed across the 10 amalgamating companies and workshopped to optimise opportunities for sharing. This will maximise functional and spatial efficiency and simultaneously serve to merge many different business cultures. The functional demands of space for raw material storage; a variety of different printing facilities separated by full height partitioning for humidity and temperature control; and fulfilment stores and factory offices to serve factory, graphic design and media

The curvilinear ends of the office form allude to the traditional printing conveyor process.


units drove the programme. All the variant factory operations were required to share a single receiving point and raw material storage, while two primary process layouts demanded separate despatch areas on each end of the factory. DESIGN RESPONSE

The conceptual solution takes the form of two attached building components, comprising the printing production factory as a large-scale ‘white box’, and a carefully articulated linear office block foiling its significant bulk on the west side. The design is a formal metaphor in abstract

reference to contemporary media print and operating elements, which are integral to the core function of the facility. The massive factory space is the ‘machine’ of the business and is contained within a hermetically sealed envelope formed by a gently barrelled aperture-less roof, thus promoting control of humidity, dust and operating temperature. The twolevel office components elegantly articulate the blank west façade of the factory, being expressed as a linear ‘print image’ interfacing the approach and street. Continued next page


Below and Right: Perforated and folded sun control screens are angled for optimum west sun protection.

Above: The design of the office interiors is based on the concept of an agile workspace to create a flexible and stimulating work environment. Left: The use of bold colour externally and on the office façade imparts an immediate legibility conveying the nature of the complex's use.



The scale of the office building is designed to foil the scale of the factory to appear as a singular form, utilising perforated and folded sun-control screens angled for optimum west sun protection, while internally promoting veiled visual connection to the landscaped exterior. The long façade is fragmented with randomly arranged, protruding, coloured ‘meeting boxes’, creating a whimsical rhythm and the identifying architectural feature. At the entrance to the offices, a large white angled portal leans outwards to provide protection and thermal shading to the reception atrium area. The design of the office interiors is based on the concept of the corporate ‘agile’ workspace environment, which delivers ‘staff focus’, ‘connect’ and ‘vitality’ spaces to create a dynamic, flexible and stimulating work environment. DESIGN DIFFERENTIATORS

An important architectural differentiator in this building is the use of bold colour, used in the highly serviced factory internally to differentiate functional spaces, and externally and on the office façade to convey the nature of the complex’s use. The curvilinear ends of the office form allude to the traditional printing conveyor process and the funky interior design promotes a staff-friendly


Clockwise from top left: The two-level office components elegantly articulate the blank west façade of the factory.

environment within the setting of a factory context. Within the factory, the sophisticated digital printing equipment, being an impressive installation, called for extensive glazing panels to showcase technical capability to potential clients visiting the facility. All these elements, facilitated within strict cost-control parameters, serve to animate what would ordinarily be a mundane construct in a regular industrial park environment.

The perforated sun control screens promote veiled visual connections to the landscaped exterior. The funky interior design promotes a friendly staff environment.


The shared facilities and services provided in the complex induce a fundamental efficiency, and a reduction in energy and water consumption. These serve to yield an inherent sustainability through significant savings in production and rental costs. Outdoor spaces accessed from canteens, collaborative and meeting spaces, enhance the workplace experience, as do the vibrant interiors in both the offices and factory. Carefully planned spaces across the scheme, while delivering high population densities and excellent efficiency ratios, offer flexible, exciting work environments with significant growth and future change opportunities. The building provides a broad range of facilities and functions to accommodate a large population of various employees.


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>> B LU EPRINT An industrial warehouse, originally a distribution centre for BMW (SA), has been repurposed to serve as offices and a training centre by Boogertman + Partners. The original structure has been creatively adapted using a system of pods and atriums to create quiet, comfortable, light and inspiring workspaces, while retaining the original character of the building.



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n 2015, Boogertman + Partners carried out an award-winning refurbishment of Hans Hallen’s iconic head office building for BMW (SA) on their Midrand Campus, which dates back to 1984/5. BMW (SA) partnered with Boogertman + Partners once again when a large warehouse, used as a distribution centre on the campus, was relocated. At the same time, the existing training centre on the campus required upgrading and the growing IT department (housed off-campus) needed more space. Boogertman + Partners director Bob van Bebber and design architect Nicola Coetzer formulated a design concept that involved repurposing the warehouse to function as a training centre and IT offices. The existing training centre, a linear building that was part of Hallen’s original design and related to the main circular head office building, has been redesigned to function as a new welcome and brand centre with various staff facilities, including a restaurant and gym.

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>> B LU EPRINT The original training centre, part of Hans Hallen's historical design, has been reinvented as a welcome and brand centre. The angled canopy at the front entrance delineates key axes in the campus’s urban plan.

The training centre and additional office space for what is generally referred to by BMW (SA) as the “IT Competence Hub” was allocated to the warehouse, which has been repurposed and converted. The new Training Centre and offices involve inserting useable spaces and structures into the repurposed industrial building, while preserving its original character. Boogertman + Partners devised a system of modular pods and atriums that can be replicated in various configurations under the existing framework. The sides of the warehouse structure were adjusted, but the roof left in place – although sections were removed to create skylights so that natural light could pour into the space and make it more humane and habitable than its original structure. The pods are arranged in such a way that each one is linked to an atrium or an outdoor space. “The landlocked pods have an atrium on both sides,” explains van Bebber. He adds that they were also inserted “back half a grid to open up the space more and also get some sun shading from the existing roof”. The welcome centre connects with the new offices via a raised pedestrian bridge that enters the offices at the first-floor level on account of a three-metre change in levels between the buildings. An overgrown, derelict service alleyway between them has been recreated as a green lung, guiding pedestrian movement and navigating the level difference

between the repurposed warehouse and brand pavilion. The interiors of each office pod are designed around the agile principles in the contemporary working environment, with activity-based zones replacing cellular offices. In order to avoid cutting of the existing surface bed in order to install new foundations for the office pod structures, Fortem Consulting Engineers proposed a solution whereby the concentrated loads were spread on top of the surface bed. As the existing surface bed was incorporated as part of the founding solution, time and cost savings were achieved. The new welcome and brand centre retained the structure of Hallen’s linear building, while replacing the walls with glass to open and connect it to the outdoor spaces. The building now functions as the primary visitor entrance for the BMW (SA) campus. The brand centre/welcome centre has been designed along the same principles as a gallery, so that it can be altered to suit the company’s marketing requirements at any stage, including the display of vehicles, motorcycles and museum pieces inside the building. Continued next page


Right: The new welcome and brand centre includes a staff restaurant. Below: The training centre includes facilities for training on all new generation vehicles produced by BMW globally, in particular the X3 platform vehicles produced in South Africa.


The new welcome and brand centre has a flexible interior design inspired by art gallery spaces, so that it can be easily adapted for vehicle displays and exhibitions and events. The current layout is by Make Sense Global.

Each office module in the former warehouse space is designed according to agile principles in the contemporary working environment in which activitybased zones replace cellular offices.



Indigenous landscaping was used to create a green lung between the brand centre and offices, guiding pedestrian movement and navigating the level difference between the two buildings, while a pedestrian bridge creates a direct connection.


The new configuration of the buildings within the urban plan of the campus affected all the circulation routes around the campus, so the design involved activating various key axes in new ways. The indigenous landscaping and the walking track permeate through the campus, creating effective linkage between the disparate facilities and a thread of

continuity and connection between the buildings. The end result is not only the cost-efficient and sustainable adaptive reuse of an existing structure, but also a sensitive intervention respectful of the historical character of the warehouse and the pavilion’s relationship to Hallen’s original building. The new way in which the

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>> B LU EPRINT The layered sandstone formations of the nearby Maluti mountain range inspired the graphical representations on the exterior of the building.

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A covered exterior section of the mall has been designed to include informal traders, creating a unique overall retail experience for shoppers.




ierre Lahaye, the partner at MDS Architecture heading the redevelopment of Maluti Crescent in Phuthaditjaba in the Free State, says that the previous existing strip mall has been incorporated into a shopping centre that is double the size and that a new node has been created. The new mall creates a crescent shape to tie into the existing shopping centre. “The layout was transformed from that of a 22 000m2 strip centre overlooking on-grade parking, into an enclosed shopping mall of 35 000m2 with two levels of structured parking. In what is thought to be a South African first for a regional shopping centre, local informal traders have been integrated into the scheme,” explains Lahaye. The incorporation of the informal traders creates a unique overall retail experience for shoppers at Maluti Crescent. “An exterior food court offers a covered area with smoke vents to ensure the food traders are able to cook in the area and sell their wares. The development has provided the infrastructure, which creates unique opportunities for the traders without requiring excessive capital outlay on their part,” he says. The overall design incorporates a second crescent curved

mall that ensures visitors are constantly discovering new views as they move along. A part of the existing building is already covered and this walkway was revamped to match the new mall additions. THE SITE

Maluti Crescent is situated at the foot of Parliament Hill, the historical local legislature of the former Qwa Qwa homeland. A number of overhangs on the building demarcate areas of transition – inviting gatherings and providing opportunities for mingling – to create a new aspirational public building. The site has a significant fall of over nine metres and the existing building steps down along the site. The fall was utilised to showcase the panoramic views of the beautiful Maluti mountains through a new double-volume court with a large picture frame window at the junction of the existing and new buildings.

From top: Shopfronts are 3,3 metres high, but they appear higher as a result of the use of dark bulkheads. The interior features a number of references to local culture through fabrics and tiling patterns. Stylised mobiles draw inspiration from oversized mokorotlos, the traditional Basotho hat.


Tenants needed to trade throughout the construction period, which can be challenging. “The development team went to great lengths to minimise disruption to the existing centre, which meant tenants could trade with minimal disruption,” says Lahaye. Continued next page



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Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion Growthpoint Properties has completed its R600m development of Exxaro’s leading-edge new head office in Pretoria, opposite the Centurion Gautrain Station. PHOTOGRAPHY RUSSELL ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY AND SUPPLIED

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xxaro’s new corporate headquarters consolidate its current offices in Pretoria and Joburg into a single thriving workspace, at a convenient midpoint in a superbly accessible location. Exxaro’s new energy-efficient building will foster a healthy, energising work environment and high productivity levels in a costeffective setting. The signature building comprises five storeys of offices atop four levels of structured basement parking. Arrival at the building is through a welcoming triplevolume entrance and reception, which open onto an airy atrium that soars upwards at the core of five floors of efficient, lightfilled workspace. It includes a level dedicated to meeting, interacting, engaging and collaborating, and features a restaurant and canteen with a kitchen, a state-of-the-art auditorium and a coffee shop. While the building is owned by Growthpoint, it has been tailored to Exxaro’s specific requirements. The building creates a variety of experiences throughout, all custom designed


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BACK TO THE FUTURE: HUMAN CENTRIC LIGHTING The invention of artificial light revolutionised society. It brought people indoors and extended working hours, night life and education far beyond sunset. Life as it exists today would be impossible without light. Now, in the dawn of new technologies, combined with a greater understanding of how light influences human behaviour, we could be set for the next era of illumination. We spoke to Annette Steinbusch, Chair of the Human Centric Lighting working group at LightingEurope, to find out what the future could have in store. “Humans have been on planet Earth for millions of years and evolved under patterns of natural light,” explains Steinbusch. And yet, in a relatively very short space of time – around 150 years – artificial light has decoupled us from the natural environment and natural light. It is this connection that Steinbusch and the Human Centric Lighting group is working to change: “We want to raise awareness about the importance of light,” she tells us, “to stop people taking light for granted or treating it as a commodity.” THE INFLUENCE OF LIGHT “Light can do much more than enable vision,” says Steinbusch, “it also facilitates powerful non-visual effects on humans. It can improve cognitive performance, energise people, increase alertness and make people relax.” These non-visual effects are influenced by changes in the intensity and colour temperature of light; precisely the kind of variations that modern lighting is often lacking. Take

an office environment for example. Here it is normal to pass an entire day under the same lighting. A similar situation is also commonly found in schools, hospitals and shops. For many years, there has been no market-ready technology to support the existing knowledge and understanding of light’s influence on humans. A situation that is now changing. “Today, there are more ways to control lighting than ever before,” Steinbusch says. “With LEDs and apps, it is possible to tune lighting, vary intensity, change direction, adjust the colour, the list goes on!” Put simply: Artificial light can now more closely imitate the sun and bring patterns back closer to natural light. HUMAN CENTRIC LIGHTING The term Human Centric Lighting is used across Europe, regardless of language. “It evolved from a process to find a title that would encompass the health, well-being and performance perspective of light – as well as introduce the visual, biological and


emotional benefits,” Steinbusch explains. Essentially it had to be distinguishable from normal lighting and be clear to all those working in the industry and related policy areas. “Having the same term in all European countries ensures we are all on the same page.” Human Centric Lighting can be applied in diverse fields “from schools and hospitals, to offices, manufacturing sites and private homes”. In terms of healthcare, for example, research has shown that providing illumination closer to natural lighting could play an important part of care and recovery, restoring sleep patterns or improving eating habits. In schools, both pupils and teachers could also benefit. While higher illumination levels have been found to increase concentration, lower lighting can create a calm environment for relaxation. Elsewhere, the potential of Human Centric Lighting has also been jumped on by athletes, particularly those who train in winter months in need of a boost or those that

travel regularly and suffer from jet lag. Research is also being conducted regarding its application for space travel. A QUESTION OF A GENERATION “It is difficult to predict how trends will fly in real life,” she tells us, yet there are certain factors she believes might drive the change. One of these is the younger generation. “Young people do everything with their smartphones,” she remarks, “they also want to control their environment a lot more and are less afraid of digital stuff.” In another age category, she suggests the rising age of retirement, combined with inevitable deterioration of eyesight over time, will also increase demand for better quality lighting in the workplace. “If you look to the past, all big changes just took a generation for people to get used to,” she considers. “Maybe Human Centric Lighting will be commonly and generally applied 25 years from now – unfortunately, I don’t have a crystal ball.” www.ledvance.com



INVESTING IN LIGHTING DESIGN The success of any building renovation project is a result of synergy between a good electrical contractor and a lighting supplier who can assist to action a renovation brief sure to please a client. This was the result when one of the big four South African banks approached Electrode Electrical Contractors, who asked Radiant Lighting to source unique light fittings for their staff cafeteria and restaurant. THE BRIEF The brief from the client was simple: the light fittings should be eco-friendly, energy saving and create a warm, inviting atmosphere with good ambience to cater to all who came into contact with the space.

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FUNCTIONALITY The light fittings should be able to create definition of certain areas, such as the Halaal restaurant and Bistro, but still be consistent with the greater space. LUMINAIRES A mixture of low energy consumption LED downlights, LED track lights and beautifully sculptured glass pendants coupled with low wattage clear LED filament lamps were selected. The whole mix lends itself to delivering an impressive yet practical effect for patrons to enjoy. CONCLUSION Lighting should not be the last thing to be considered in a building or renovation project. Radiant Lighting offers an extensive indoor and outdoor product range to meet all your requirements. Radiant Lighting’s lighting specialists can offer you professional and technical advice from specifying, on-site supervisory and after sales service that is backed up by warranties. Radiant Lighting is ISO2009:2015 compliant. www.radiant.co.za

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TAL CHOSEN FOR PRESTIGIOUS FNB HEAD OFFICE PROJECT The Head Quarters of First National Bank in Johannesburg’s CBD recently benefited from an extensive refurbishment project that entailed the resurfacing of 28 000m2 of flooring. This R236m project was enhanced by the use of TAL Screedmaster Industrial for the installation of flooring undertaken by Top Carpets and Floors Pretoria. The entire 22-storey, four-basement office building underwent redevelopment and refurbishment. Surface preparation necessitated the lifting of all old carpeting and removal of the residual carpet

specified for smoothing and levelling the surfaces. Levelling of uneven substrates must be managed professionally using the correct floor-levelling compound, tools and expertise. Manufactured from shrinkage-compensated cement and selected aggregates, TAL Screedmaster Industrial is a single component, highperformance, heavy-duty, self-levelling and smoothing underlayment compound.

As with all TAL levelling compounds, TAL Screedmaster Industrial is VOC compliant. When added to water, its high flow properties require minimum installation time and produce a smooth, flexible and durable floor surface prior to the fixing of floor coverings. TAL Screedmaster Industrial is trafficable after three hours and sufficiently cured to receive floor coverings after only 24 hours.

glue by means of a concrete floor grinder. Because this process left the existing substrate too uneven to receive new carpet tiles, TAL Screedmaster Industrial was

Screedmaster at a time. Thanks to the partnering of TAL and Top Carpets and Floors Pretoria, this extensive project proved highly successful. www.tal.co.za



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SIKA PARTNERS WITH BIG Sika is partnering with renowned architectural firm, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to showcase its latest 3D concrete printing capabilities at the ‘Formgiving’ Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Globally renowned for their playful, experimental and innovative architecture, BIG, a world-leading international architectural firm with headquarters in Copenhagen, has realised landmark projects such as VIA 57 WEST in New York and the Danish Maritime Museum in Helsingør. Formgiving, the latest in BIG’s series of well-established

3D printing demonstration, establishing 3D printing as a major trend in the construction of the future. Exhibition visitors will be able to see Sika’s realisation of the Hualien Residences project in Taiwan – a case study developed by BIG to demonstrate how 3D concrete printing enables new forms and surfaces – and opens up unique opportunities for new architectural designs. Bjarke Ingels, CEO of BIG, says, “BIG has partnered with Sika to explore how 3D concrete printing will enable new architecture and

BIG’s understanding of how to adapt the architectural design process to best use the opportunities offered by the new technology.” Frank Hoefflin, Chief Technology Officer of Sika,

the industrialisation of 3D concrete printing, and our strength lies in combining all required building blocks for cementitious printing. Our cooperation with BIG will enable us not only to further

exhibitions, will run until 5 January 2020, and will focus on the future of construction and how it shapes the planet. Sika will be participating in the exhibition with a live

impact the economies of manufacturing. Sika’s deep understanding of the integral relationship between the material science and 3D printed manufacturing has advanced

says, “We are delighted to be partnering with BIG, who are renowned for their groundbreaking and innovative approach to design. Sika is the leading company in

develop the materials and manufacturing technologies, but also to combine both in the first elements that will be integrated in real projects.” www.sika.co.za




ACCESS FLOORING WIDENS KBAC PRODUCT RANGE Following a decision by the shareholders of Bates Access Flooring (BAF) to wind down operations, KBAC Flooring will now, along with its extensive product line, also focus on the direct sales of access flooring. The access flooring Head of Department for KBAC Flooring is a former director of Bates Access Flooring, Guy Park, and has had 12 years’ experience in access flooring. He says KBAC Flooring has had a long history in providing various types of access flooring in the SA market so, with the winding up of BAF, KBAC can now offer this service going forward. Clients of KBAC Flooring – which is currently in its 50th year of operations – will benefit from the provision of a full turnkey flooring package. Guy explains: “We can ensure that the entire flooring package will be totally compatible, all installation teams across

divisions can work together onsite and communicate potential issues more efficiently to speed up installation.” He says KBAC Flooring is renowned for exceptional service, extensive product knowledge, and top-quality products and installations. This passion for perfection is also the philosophy of the access flooring division, which has among its suppliers: • Supertec Ceiling and Boards, a highly respected brand name whose products have been installed throughout the country and beyond our borders • UK-based producer Kingspan, a global leader in environmentally friendly access flooring, which offers cutting-edge technology in ranges such as the acclaimed top-end Tate brand.

Guy Park (centre), the new HOD of KBAC Access Flooring, receives good wishes from his brother, Brandon (right), CEO of KBAC Flooring, and his father, Graham Park, former chairman of KBAC Flooring.

Guy says KBAC Flooring wants to work in close cooperation with designers and architects to remove all misconceptions about access flooring. “We would like designers to realise that raised access flooring does not limit their floor covering options, and point out that access flooring is much more than just a ‘raised platform’. Specifiers should also know that various products have very different attributes and design features that affect

long-term flexibility and durability. “Increased collaboration with designers on a project-by-project basis will mean that KBAC Flooring can provide a product solution that best suit any client’s needs – drawing from our wide range of raised access flooring for server rooms, data centres, general office environments or sports facilities’ raised flooring,” he adds. www.kbacflooring.co.za

FLOORING FOR PUBLIC FACILITIES a. b. e. Construction Chemicals’ range of specialist floor finishes was on display at the Facilities Management Expo recently held at Gallagher Convention Centre. The Facilities Management Expo is a trade show where the facilities management industry comes together to exchange ideas and build relationships. Exhibitors and visitors alike explore the latest trends, products and legislation and enjoy face-to-face networking opportunities. The flooring products recommended for public facilities include primers, coatings, specialised systems, cementitious systems, curing compounds and

micro-toppings. Floor coatings include screeds based on bitumen, dry shake cementitious materials, self-levelling cementitious screeds, epoxies and polyurethanes. The protection of concrete floors and screeds against wear from traffic abrasion are among the typical applications, as is a range of chemical and thermal shock requirements. For public facilities, they include a wide range of cementitious systems for parking and pedestrian zones, as well as inside applications for exhibition halls, marketplaces and supermarkets. For parking lots and ramps, an anti-slip epoxy resin floor proves durable and


economical. For hospitals, health centres, food and pharmaceutical industries, a chemical-resistant epoxy resin floor is suggested. a.b.e Construction Chemicals recommends rough or polished concrete floors for architectural building facilities. They boast a new product line of white cement and micro-toppings for mineral and textured effects. CHRYSO® Beton Cire Finishing is a millimetric decorative overlay for interior

walls and floors. It is a multi-coating process for medium duty application on floors, walls, furniture and worktops. It is durable and resistant, easy to maintain and comes in a variety of colours. Public facility flooring needs to meet the requirements of high mechanical resistance, durability, practicality as well as maintenance, and needs to be aesthetically appealing and in harmony with other finishing elements. www.abe.co.za

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HELLO GRAFICA; TELL ME, HOW ARE YOU DOING? Belgotex’s commitment to people and planet ensures a new Africaninspired range doesn’t follow the typical exploitative narrative Earlier this year, Leading Architecture & Design was invited to the opening of the new Belgotex Showroom in Umhlanga, Durban, where Belgotex CEO Edward Colle used the occasion

to reveal the brand’s latest commercial flooring range. Describing the new Grafica range as, “A true and authentic example of our team putting concept and creativity at the fore,” Colle explained how Belgotex’s superior machinery and technology has allowed the manufacturer to innovate in ways that can’t be equalled, with the continuous reinvestment in the 30-year-old family business resulting in a world-class brand. Rooted in humility, Grafica is an expression of the everyday objects that make up life in modern African cities. Three new tufted tile designs – Crates, Blocks and Skew Lines – are influenced by Africa’s abundant creativity with the bold commercial collection delivering robust, graphic patterns to hard-working floors. GRAFICA: THE LOCAL EXPRESSION Picture a street vendor unpacking her wares from colourful plastic crates, then using the empty receptacles to form a makeshift table on top of which she sells fresh produce. Crates is a stack-style design inspired by our local make-shift, can-do culture. City blocks, apartment blocks and the individual building blocks, when laid together, give rise to our urban spaces. Blocks is a reflection of life in Africa; a vibrant grid of energy where cultures converge. We dutifully follow the communication that a particular road marking conveys. We stop to question how a stack interchange of overpasses casts a specific shadow on the asphalt below. Skew Lines celebrates contrast and the clash of perspectives.


A CULTURE OF INNOVATION As Africa’s leading soft-flooring specialist, Belgotex designs, manufactures and delivers quality floors that endure the speed of life. The factory is designed to maximise operational efficiency while minimising any negative impact on the environment – which not only allows control over the quality of the product, but ensures unprecedented speed to market, with the flexibility to explore new ideas. Driven by a vision focused on innovation, quality and sustainability, Belgotex is the recipient of South Africa’s first Custom Industrial 6-star Green Star rating. This certification recognises ‘World Leadership’ at the Pietermaritzburg-based factory, which, since the start of their green journey in 1991, has constantly pushed the limits of operational efficiency, seeking out ecologically sustainable manufacturing methods and developing eco-friendly products. When business is conducted responsibly, it builds trust in a brand. More so when leadership uses its position of power as an opportunity to take action in the world, embracing a role in society that goes beyond profit – it drives the type of behavioural and cultural changes that are required to respond to the challenges of our times. www.belgotex.co.za



VAN DYCK FLOORS JOINS FORCES WITH MODULYSS Van Dyck Floors has announced that they have re-joined forces with Modulyss, who have more than 25 years of experience in the carpet tile business. Modulyss, a Belgium-based company that forms part of the Balta Group, specialises in the manufacturing of modular carpet tiles that are available in a vast array of colours, structures, patterns and sizes, ideal for architects and designers who are seeking a high-quality and trend-defining floor space with a difference. Van Dyck Floors, the oldest flooring manufacturers in

and product innovation, believes that this partnership between the two organisations will have a positive impact on the market. Both organisations are committed to the environment and are continuously trying to be inventive and creative in finding better environmental solutions for the carpet tiles they produce. Modulyss’s innovative production process is driven by the life cycle analysis of the carpet tiles and enables them to deliver products that push the boundaries of performance and design.

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product offering will further enhance its presence as a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality flooring products in South Africa. Van Dyck Floors is in the process of evaluating the full

product range and will advise shortly as to which products will be stocked in South Africa and which will be available on an order basis from Belgium, with appropriate lead times. www.vandyckfloors.co.za

A TO Z OF FLOOR COVERINGS SUPPLIED AT THE HUTTON CROWTHORNE Located at the intersection of Mercury Drive and Neptune Avenue, The Hutton Crowthorne residential estate is a tribute to the traditional equestrian style of living exemplified within the Kyalami borough. Tile Africa Commercial was appointed to supply and fit floor coverings for various spaces within the development. The housing units within the estate were fitted with AGT Natura wood-look laminate flooring in the bedrooms, and large format 600x1200mm cement-look tiles in the spacious openplan living areas. These were installed by the Tile Africa Supply and Fit team. It was the estate’s clubhouse, restaurant and fitness facilities, however, that really showcased the variety of floor coverings that Leogem Property Projects had specified for the development, defining each individual area. Working closely with the developer, Tile Africa Commercial supplied and fitted click-in stone plastic composite (SPC) vinyl flooring to the Pilates studio and the staircase landings. An exclusive fitness lab boasts rubber sports flooring, while the receiving areas and bathrooms were tiled by Tile Africa Commercial’s Supply and Fit team. The staircases received a bespoke concrete terrazzo floor


installation. This is a concrete mortar embedded with stone aggregate, that is ground down to a durable and attractive surface. Glowstones were included with the other aggregates, to provide illumination for residents using the facilities after dark. The team also ground and polished the existing concrete floor of the Nido restaurant, delivering a trend-forward seamless floor for the space. In addition to the floor coverings, Tile Africa Commercial also supplied all the taps and bathroomware for the estate, as part of a concept-to-completion offering to Leogem Property Projects. “We are dedicated to being a complete solution provider. Our ability to supply a variety of floor coverings from A to Z, and to provide fitment of these across multiple applications, is what sets our service apart,” explains Craig Irvine, Commercial Operations Executive. Projects that make use of Tile Africa Commercial’s supplyand-fit service receive guarantees from the company on the products used and the installation, ensuring peace of mind to both developer and residents. www.tileafrica.co.za

As night turns back to day, Dawn celebrates the shifting and muting atmospheres of our galaxy with a radiating biophilic design. This organic patterned carpet tile, evokes a dazzling marble effect lifting any commercial space






FLOWCRETE FLOORING INSTALLED IN THE HEART OF PRETORIA ARENA Being the largest four-star indoor event location in South Africa, the Heartfelt Arena comprises eight venues, with the ability to host 4 000 guests in a cinema setting, 1 800 in a banquet setting and 8 000 guests standing. After suffering from fire damage, the venue required a refurbishment, starting with the flooring. Flowcrete South Africa was called upon for expertise. With a vast venue comes huge flexibility in terms of what the space is used for, meaning that the venue can change from hosting a music concert with extremely high footfall to an exam hall with specifically spaced out chairs and tables overnight. It is because of this that the arena needed a flooring solution that was versatile, easy to clean and extremely hard wearing. While there are many resin flooring systems that are both aesthetically pleasing and durable, FlowSport from Flowcrete South Africa was the chosen system for the venue hall. FlowSport is a composite surface, designed and fabricated by Flowcrete South Africa to provide a vibrant and flexible surface for use

in indoor sports and events venues. The material, installed over the 3 600m2 area, provides a hardwearing, abrasion-resistant and seamless finish that maintains a cushioned effect underfoot so as to take impacts in its stride. This was particularly pertinent to Heartfelt Arena, as dragging, dropping or wheeling furniture around on a regular basis would certainly take its toll on lesser floors. Luckily, the joint-free nature of the surface material also means that the floor can be quickly cleaned, with no joints or gaps in the floor where dirt or germs could hide. As well as being much more hygienic, accidental slips and trips over uneven joints can be avoided. Interestingly, the cushioned and flexible coating provided by Flowcrete South Africa also helps with acoustics, meaning that the various music concerts hosted within the space would also benefit from the flooring. FlowSport was chosen in Mid-Grey for the venue, helping to maintain a neutral base for the space, and allowing for the various guests and event planners to use the area to its full potential. www.flowcretesa.co.za


COBA Africa (Pty) Ltd – with its market-leading MATCO brand of commercial entrance matting systems – provides architects, specifiers, contractors and interior designers with a stylish range of flooring products to create impressive entrances in a wide range of buildings. Offering a full installation service if required, the MATCO range of matting combines style and quality with durability and functionality. The company is proud to have supplied matting for prestigious projects, including the Time Square Casino in Pretoria, Table Bay Mall in Cape Town, Sun City Convention Centre, Zenith Bank in Ghana, and Radisson Blu Hotel in Cape Town. For those in search of individuality or wishing to reinforce their corporate branding, customised logomats, such as the popular Spectra Clean for interior use and Super Contract Fall, can provide an eye-catching solution. Logos – from simple shapes to more complex designs – can be incorporated into many entrance matting options offered in MATCO’s range, custom made and with an extensive colour palette available. It is not essential to have a logo to be creative with entrance matting. Options such as Q-Beez tiles and Treadwell (which is manufactured from recycled materials) deliver impressive results. Both of which can be laid in a variety of configurations to create stunning patterns. Interesting shapes, such as curves, can also add a touch of flair to entrance areas, whether in an office, a shopping mall or a hotel lobby. Aluminium, PVC and polypropylene matting systems are available in the MATCO range, with options that are either custom manufactured or cut to shape. The finished result can be enhanced further with products such as Trio Scraper and Trio Brush, featuring alternating strips of carpet that create a stylish striped effect for a distinctive entrance. There are many more to choose from. With so much choice, it is not always easy to specify the right entrance matting first time. COBA Africa has developed an application called Entrance Architect for mobile phones and tablets to help take the guesswork out of entrance matting specification. This handy tool features a simple decision tree to help refine the choice by making recommendations. COBA Africa (Pty) Ltd is located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, offering a service throughout Africa. www.cobaafrica.com



HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTH IS Get your imagination going with these five featured fireplaces that were created using Cemcrete finishes.

NEW-MEETS-OLD Cemcrete’s CemWash was used to create this German Schmear effect, which is similar to whitewashing and was popular throughout castles and cottages in northern Germany. SLEEK & MODERN Cemcrete’s CemCote Skimmed was used to create this gorgeous fireplace that gives a sleek and modern feel. NATURAL SIMPLICITY Cemcrete’s SatinCrete was used to coat the hearth, mantel and wall, offering a blank canvas to display artwork on the mantel or spruce up the hearth with oversized candles. RAW BEAUTY The natural stones paired with red brickwork and Cemcrete’s Colour Hardener floors allows this outdoor living space to flow with the surrounding nature. UNDER THE STARS Do not let the idea of a firepit slip your mind. Create a space where memories can be made by using Cemcrete’s Colour Hardener White. www.cemcrete.co.za


CERAMIC INDUSTRIES TECH DRIVES FASHION FORWARD Creating tiles is an exercise in constant innovation, and with Ceramic Industries, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest tile manufacturer, style and technology work hand in hand. Their newly developed ink and glaze special effects make use of novel technology to create eye-catching finishes that put their tiles at the forefront of fashion. Some of these new applications have been developed in collaboration with international partners, and use technology that’s unique to South Africa. Spain’s Ceramitec worked with Ceramic Industries to develop the Stardust effect, which is already creating excitement at trade shows. The partners formulated an innovative glue that is applied with coloured granules that melt to form an attractive, fine crystalline finish. Ceramic Industries’ SAMCA Wall factory is applying Stardust to various tiles in their range, and using it in combination with matt and satin finishes. Their already broad range of tiles is becoming even broader, and is set to captivate design-conscious sectors of the market. Customers are sure to be drawn to the Lumina effect too, which features on some new ranges from both the SAMCA Wall and Floor factories. It’s achieved by applying a lustrous, pearly type of ink to the ceramic to highlight or embellish selected details. It’s also ideal for imitating the worn effect of aged cement and terracotta tiles. Some Ceramic Industries factories are now able to apply an affondante effect (Italian for ‘sinking’) using a special ink that creates precise indentations where applied. Several tiles use the Chisel and Deep Etch effects to create texture, or to outline a design pattern for greater emphasis. Among the new effects the Gryphon factory has developed is Nebula, which was designed to create glossy areas on selected regions of the surface. The manufacturer has used it to phenomenal effect in their hardwood recreations, where it brings woodgrain to life. To stay at the cutting edge of fashion, ceramic tile manufacturers must ensure they’re at the cutting edge of technical innovation, too. With these original, striking effects, Ceramic Industries has proved that no-one embodies that double commitment more than they do. www.ceramic.co.za

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We’ve all experienced it – some homes are always cold, some are too hot, and some are just right. How can architects maximise thermal comfort to ensure that every new home is cost-effective when it comes to electricity use? South Africa is lucky to have abundant free energy throughout the year from the sun. The design and construction materials you choose to build your house can harness solar energy, without any capitalintensive technology or ongoing maintenance costs! Passive solar design is the starting point of sustainable building: • Use high-density, high thermal mass construction materials that are slow to transfer external temperature extremes • Passive shading of low thermal mass materials like glass in summer • Appropriate glazing, insulation and sealing • Northerly orientation of daytime living areas. Passive design maximises winter heat gain, minimises winter heat loss and concentrates heating where it is most needed. Good passive design helps to keep homes cooler in summer, reducing the need for air-conditioning.


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THERMAL MASS AND THE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. Leveraging thermal mass is most effective in regions that experience big differences between day and night outdoor temperatures. High-density materials like clay bricks are natural barriers to extremes of heat and cold. They are therefore said to have high thermal mass. By using clay brick, the heat transfer delay for an insulated cavity wall is up to eight hours, which coincides with nightfall. Therefore the house remains cool during the day, and then stays warmer at night. Lightweight materials such as glass, timber and aluminium have low thermal mass. Research shows that in hot climate zones, 77% of the heat enters a building through clear glass windows. Conversely, in zones with frosty nights, 55% of heat is lost through the windows. The use of low thermal mass construction materials can exacerbate the worst extremes of the climate, turning a home into a ‘hot-box’ during the day, or quickly losing all the generated heat on a winter night. www.claybrick.org















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STYLISH & SUSTAINABLE The earthy colours and textures of clay brick give authenticity and character to contemporary materials like steel, concrete and glass. Eco-friendly clay brick masonry provides natural insulation against temperature extremes while minimizing humidity and noise. Go to www.claybrick.org to find out more about this cost-effective walling material Promoting Inclusive Sustainable Practices in the South African Clay Brick Sector Switch Africa Green is funded by the European Union




Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate in KwaZulu-Natal is premised on an ethos of sustainability, which includes the incorporation of natural elements in construction. To minimise the impact on natural surrounds and achieve a design that integrates with the coastal forest, Corobrik’s Burgundy pavers (10 440m2), Burgundy Cobbles (185m2) and Graphite pavers (840m2) were selected for the roads and walkways. Designed by Landscape Architects Uys & White with construction by North Global Group, Corobrik’s pavers were used throughout this naturally styled estate. The estate's developers encourage the use of sustainable building products. “We’ve noticed a particular trend of incorporating Corobrik’s pavers for upmarket estates along the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast,” says Lucas Uys of Landscape Architects Uys & White. “It exudes the right image for the estates.” He says the superior quality of the pavers and deep red colour means that impurities, such as oil and soil, are not evident, while the Burgundy colour gives a real sense of presence. The Burgundy pavers were used along all the main boulevards, with intermittent lines of concrete used to break the red aesthetic. Near the estate entrance is an iconic circle known as the Infinity Forest Circle, which includes a stainless-steel

structure designed by Lucas Uys, representing the different tree life cycles in the forest and nature. “The Infinity Forest Circle is designed to encourage the residents, and children, to develop an appreciation for the forest biome, with the sculpture becoming part of the estate’s landscape as opposed to being in conflict with it, representative of living as one with nature,” explains Uys. Enveloping this sculpture, the landscape architects chose to use a mixture of Corobrik’s Burgundy Cobbles and granite cobbles, creating a naturally aged impression. Corobrik’s Graphite pavers were used for the Msinsi cul-de-sac, providing a neutral tone that blended well with the surrounding vegetation and structures. Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director, says that, because of the clay materials used to create the pavers, they offer an appealing earthy nature that is aesthetically compelling and extremely durable, able to withstand high levels of loading. The pavers are renowned for their colour integrity – possible through natural pigmentation – rich texture and minimal maintenance requirements. “The latest developments, particularly along the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, prioritise environmental concerns, which is why our breathable clay pavers are such a great option,” explains Shangase. www.corobrik.co.za


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An architect, an engineer and a construction worker walk into a room. They are going to discuss the construction of a building that will only be finalised by 2025, yet they have the ability to already see into the future what the building will look like and its core functionality. Today this has been made possible through the advent of BIM

a 3D model-intelligent based approach, which increases efficiency within individual organisations and truly shines during coordinated project delivery. It is a collaborative process, which ensures the continuity of information across the various building disciplines. In South Africa, reports indicate that we seem to be on a path of decline, due to issues around decreasing values of contracts awarded, as well as a tightening infrastructure budget by the government. Although the local industry outlook is bleak right now, the global industry is expected to reach $10tn by 2020, with

With South Africa being counted among the emerging economies of the world, at Autodesk we believe that the country can contribute to achieving this figure, by ensuring that companies in the industry embrace new technologies like BIM. BIM enables all involved stakeholders to give input on the evolution of the design in question, meaning that electrical conduits clashing with plumbing fittings no longer has to be an issue. Before the introduction of BIM, 2D modelling was the preferred method of planning – in fact, many South African architects lead in terms of

(building information modelling). BIM is essentially

some emerging economies expected to contribute 51.9%.

technology and processes, but because of their overreliance

on this method of planning, they have been unable to embrace the new opportunities that BIM offers. As useful as 2D modelling has been in the past, it is time that we embrace the capabilities of 3D technologies. All we need to do is look at the film industry and how 3D technology has been able to immerse cinemagoers in a multidimensional experience to realise that perhaps the time for 3D is now. In terms of construction planning, 2D modelling has various limitations, such as an inability to accurately depict the dimensions of a site, which can result in wasteful expenditure. Continued next page





FOURWAYS AIRCON A ROUND-UP OF RECENTLY UNVEILED DESIGNS In order to become more cost efficient, it is evident that there needs to be a greater shift from 2D modelling towards BIM-enabled 3D modelling. By 2050, the global population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion people, and 75% of them are expected to live in cities. This means that contractors need to build 3 600 more buildings per day by 2050! In Africa, it’s 1 327 buildings to be constructed in urban areas every day. Clearly the digitisation of the construction industry is key to achieving these colossal goals, and industry demand

– accurately capture reality and greatly streamline project preparations. You can minimise waste during construction or design high-performance buildings even before building them. A good example of a fluid and functional South African building that leveraged BIM is Discovery’s new global headquarters in Sandton. Designed by Boogertman + Partners, the building houses 5 000 employees and has received a 5-Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council South Africa. The concept of the building underpins

will continue to rise for solutions that enable architects, engineers and contractors to support this rapid growth more sustainably by improving energy and material productivity. With BIM, designers benefit from input compiled and shared in a model – in a way that paper isn’t able to capture. Using BIM in early design stages sets the BIM workflow for the rest of the project stages: by visualising complexities and anticipating potential risks, you are making the project more efficient all around. Today the availability of aerial imagery and digital elevation – along with laser scans of existing infrastructure

Discovery’s holistic approach to health. From the ground floor up, the entire space was designed to create a healthy working environment that promotes collaboration, innovation and business efficiency. In order to achieve this feat, Boogertman + Partners leveraged Autodesk’s cloud-driven BIM 360 solutions to share and collaborate across various disciplines. Autodesk is the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry’s partner in the future of making, moving the industry toward more automated and collaborative ways of working. www.autodesk.co.za


There has been a massive industry-wide shift towards energy efficiency in HVAC in the KwaZulu-Natal market. The Samsung VRF DVM units are meeting clients’ stringent energy requirements in recent developments. PRAN BOULEVARD The objective set for this building by developers Shree Properties was to attain a 4-Star Green Star rating. A crucial part of this was energy-efficient air conditioning – vital in the heat of KwaZulu-Natal summers. Fourways KZN was called in to do the design in conjunction with Mahesh Khoosal Consulting Engineers, and the project was carried out by Dunair. The air-conditioning system installed at Pran Boulevard is a Samsung DVM VRF system, comprising 24 condensing units linked to 134 MSP indoor ducted units, with four AHU units providing fresh air. Pran Boulevard was awarded a 4-Star Green Star SA Certified Rating. NEDBANK PLAZA With a R1bn investment in a mixed-use office and retail development in Umhlanga, Nedbank’s Park Square has been designed to be one of Nedbank’s flagship properties in KwaZulu-Natal. A key requirement of this development was a 4-Star Green Star Design. With 18 000m2 of prime office space and 4 000m2 of retail area on the ground floor, energy-efficient climate control was a high priority. Arup Consulting Engineers and Fourways Airconditioning collaborated on the design of the air-conditioning system, and Luft Technik was appointed as the contractor. 78 Samsung DVM condensing units were installed, with 276 ducted indoor units, plus fresh air and OAP units. Nedbank Plaza received a 4-Star Green Star award. UMHLANGA ARCH The developers of the Umhlanga Arch project set their sights on creating a mixed-use premier upmarket property. Construction is currently well on the way. A Hilton Hotel Garden Inn, the Multiply Group and a top-end BMW dealership are among other prestigious tenants who will occupy the finished property, while 162 state-of-the-art, smart apartments and 30 spacious lofts have already been sold. The specifiers selected Samsung DVM units, supplied by Fourways Airconditioning. Almost R13m worth of DVM units have been specified along with MSP ducteds and AHUs. www.samsungair.co.za




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The Architectural Solutions division of RVI supplies bespoke aesthetic thermal and light control façade solutions, which directly impact on the energy requirements of a building. RVI boasts the in-house ability to design, engineer and manufacture, as well as install and commission applicationspecific custom solar shading systems for any building application or process.

A well-designed Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation System – SHEVS – should be able to maintain a smoke-free clear layer of at least 2,5m above the highest occupied space, thus providing escape conditions allowing the building to be safely evacuated with minimum risk of smoke inhalation, injury or death. As a solutions-led company RVI is well-positioned at the forefront of R&D to improve existing products and procedures, continually explore new solutions to smoke control problems and to develop new products and procedures. All RVI smoke and heat exhaust ventilation products are subjected to rigorous testing to comply with the latest South African Building Standards SANS 10400-T specifications. Our natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems are designed to extract smoke from the interior of a building through automatically operable roof-mounted ventilators, in compliance with Part 2 of the EN 12101 code.

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DAIKIN’S VRV IV TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO SET THE BENCHMARK FOR INTELLIGENT EFFICIENCY When it was introduced in 2012, Daikin’s VRV IV system set a new standard in the industry, introducing new levels of seasonal efficiency and comfort. Offering an integrated solution to cover multiple applications, its design simplicity, flexible

configuration, combined with ease of installation and commissioning, continues to position Daikin as the best partner of choice for climate control, with over 220 000 VRV IV units sold. Advanced research and development have ensured Daikin’s VRV IV technology remains unmatched. It features Variable Refrigerant Temperature (VRT) Technology, which automatically adjusts temperatures in line with

water-cooled models. With the launch of the new VRV IV+ series, Daikin has once again raised the bar. At the heart of the latest system, the compressor has been completely redesigned applying the latest technologies. With buildings accounting for 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption, delivering low-carbon buildings is key to meeting the EU’s challenging energy targets.

more strategic stance on performance and efficiency. As of the first of January 2018, the Ecodesign Directive on Energy Related Products (ErP) came into force for commercial air heating and cooling products (ENER LOT21). The legislation sets minimum efficiency performance targets for cooling and heating products based on their actual year-round performance and not just on a single test result at peak load.

loads and ambient temperature, while the continuous heating during defrost technology eliminates temperature drops during defrosting. Further system developments swiftly followed, such as the introduction of ranges including heat pump, heat recovery, cold climate and

It is important, therefore, that designers have access to real-life, seasonal efficiency data. Ahead of its time in 2012, Daikin had already taken the decision to focus on achieving the best seasonal efficiency all year round for the VRV IV system. Since that time, the EU has taken a

The VRV IV+ series is already compliant with the new ENER LOT21 – Tier 2 due to come into force in 2021. The compressor has been redesigned and fully optimised to ensure high performance at part loads, which is the main operation mode throughout the year. www.daikin.co.za

EFFECTIVE SMOKE-CONTROL SOLUTIONS RVI’s natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems are designed to extract smoke from the interior of a building through automatically operable roof-mounted ventilators, in compliance with Part 2 of the EN 1210 I

code. RVI also installs powered smoke and heat exhaust systems to enhance ventilation. These systems not only ensure that fans and cabling comply with the relevant part of the EN 1210 I code, but also ensures the

company’s research and development objectives are on par with the latest international developments. RVI is continuously involved in finding effective solutions to smoke control problems. www.rvi-group.com

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Multitasker Why just aircondition one room when you can aircondition 4 or 5 from just one outdoor unit – and keep the building exterior uncluttered? Featuring highly economical Inverter technology, Samsung’s Free Joint Multi unit is a real multitasker. Because as soon as one indoor unit reaches the desired temperature, the outdoor unit can then send refrigerant to the next room….and the next. All from one easily-hidden exterior unit. Contact Fourways Airconditioning for details. Because multitasking is today’s new buzzword in airconditioning.

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A ROUND-UP OF RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS AND UNVEILED DESIGNS KATALE SQUARE TO BRING A NEW SHOPPING EXPERIENCE TO RURAL MARAPYANE MDS Architecture has designed a 11 000m2 shopping complex in Marapyane, outside Settlers in Mpumalanga province, for clients McCormick Developments. “The area is flat and arid, so the design includes both internal and externally focused areas. While the design is utilitarian, it also promotes human interaction and a sense of fun,” explains Aki Savva, MDS Architecture’s partner leading the project. The restaurants open out on the lifestyle and children’s play area, features water fountains and protection from the hot sun. Shaded canopies can also be found throughout the complex. Playful elements have been incorporated into the flooring and paving at the entrances. Natural light in abundance is provided by clerestory windows. While uniformity across the shopfronts creates consistency, stepped bulkheads feature side cladding using external roof cladding for interest. Illuminated 3D signs give a contemporary feel. “Texture is achieved through the use of a combination of cladding and flush plaster on the walls and ceilings. A floating internal roof has been incorporated into the design, which appears to hover above the clerestory windows. Savva says that clay paving has been used consistently throughout the internal and external areas of the complex, which will feature national tenants like Jet, Pep, Ackermans and OK Furniture as well as Shoprite, Cashbuild and a number of smaller trading stores. “The paving is not only non-slip and hard-wearing but brings warmth through the earthy colours and interest via the flooring design,” he says. Katale Square includes a sewerage plant on site and utilises borehole water exclusively. A community garden is being created on site where vegetables and food will be grown. The development has necessitated the upgrade of the road and a new taxi rank area. The complex has plenty of space for possible future phases, including pod buildings or drive-throughs. An existing fuel station is being relocated and upgraded. Construction began in December 2018 and Katale Square is expected to be completed in 2019. www.mdsarch.co.za

CONSTRUCTION AT OLD CAPE QUARTER IN DE WATERKANT IS UNDERWAY Old Cape Quarter, a popular retail destination in the vibrant neighbourhood of De Waterkant in Cape Town, is undergoing an extensive refurbishment. Developed by Tower Property Fund and designed by dhk Architects, the complex is being revitalised into a mixeduse hub, including new retail and office spaces, as well as 55 luxury apartments and penthouses. The redevelopment includes the partial demolition of the existing building to strengthen its structure and enable the insertion of a modern four-storey residential component. Showcasing a modern aesthetic, the new masonry building will feature punctured openings, steel balustrades and

timber shutters with the penthouse level clad in Rheinzink. Each apartment will display clean, contemporary lines with floor-to-ceiling windows and timber flooring. The parking, office and retail spaces will be refurbished to a high standard with the size of the office floor plate increased and the retail and restaurant areas reinvigorated. The central courtyard, which sits at the heart of the development, will be activated through the creation of a new green oasis with flanking and cascading planted terraces. An attractive timber brise-soleil will hold the edge of the courtyard on the northern side while providing a visual barrier between public and private realms. Completion is set for December 2020. www.dhk.co.za




PLASCON MICATEX LAUNCHES SEVEN NEW EXTERIOR COLOURS Choosing the right colour for a building’s exterior can be a daunting task. Plascon Micatex’s newly launched exterior colours will take the guesswork out of exterior painting with seven chic colours to complement any project. “Elegant and backed by Micatex’s unrivalled protection against all weather conditions, our seven new colours are all contemporary neutrals that will suit any building exterior,” announces Leslie Frank, Plascon Category Manager for Exterior Brands. The new colours include neutrals from grey to greige: Island (BBO 611), Moist Sand (BBO 612), Riverbed (BBO 615), Beach Cabin (BBO 613), Spring Tide (BBO 614), Subtle Night (BBO 617) and Dolphin Coast (BBO 616). Leslie explains, “These new colours

align with architectural and design trends and suit any type of building. They are also suitable for a commercial space, ensuring the building always looks on point.” Plascon Micatex is a premium quality, extremely durable UV-resistant waterbased coating. As Plascon Micatex prevents and bridges hairline cracks, it is suitable for application on all exterior surfaces, from gutters to cement plaster

and brickwork, and it can be used all around the building to protect against the elements. Research conducted in 2018 among urban homeowners across all consumer segments concluded that Plascon Micatex was the most preferred exterior paint for its finish and protection qualities. “Now that Micatex is available in the seven new colours and comes with a 12year guarantee, professionals and homeowners can rest

assured that the building is duly protected,” offers Leslie. Using a premium paint product will not only keep the building looking good but will also improve its value. “Our new Micatex colours will make the painting process easier, and also protect and preserve the building, leaving an exemplary calling card in the form of your expertly completed project,” finishes Leslie. www.plascon.com

COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2020: SETTING A TREND As we look towards 2020, we know that bold colour is the next big trend. Consumers are tiring of stark grays and are looking to infuse their environments with colours that delight the senses. Blue is the easiest possible entry point from the world of neutrals to the world of colour, delivering energy and brightness. Cobalt Blue is a trending hue taking the fashion industry by storm. It also incorporates the enveloping of a deep, muted navy tone that is popular in residential and hospitality design. Chinese Porcelain NCS S 3060-R90B is a rich, traditional hue that provides the perfect agreeable backdrop for vivacious

colours to pop. It can also act as a feature colour in a living room space with a crisp white sofa to provide a sharp contrast. Layer the hue with additional blues in tufted and velvet furniture, or pair it with trending natural hues such as Gingercake S5030. Pair Chinese Porcelain NCS S 3060-R90B with décor in warm saffron and turmeric tones, such as lush drapes or velvet pillows. The hue also pairs well with leather accents and dusty sand tones, for an attention-grabbing look. Prominent Paints are available at Prominent Paint PCs and independent retailers across South Africa. www.prominentpaints.co.za




STAYING AHEAD OF COLOUR TRENDS Excelsior Paint is one of more than 55 independent paint manufacturers from 14 countries who are members of the American Color Guild, an international body that has colourists dedicated to separating coating fads from coating facts. They have an impressive record of being able to predict and present members with information regarding colour trends 12 to 18 months before they occur. Thus, Excelsior Paint stays ahead of the ever-changing colour curve, continually offering buyers paint products that are “on trend”. Excelsior Paint has also

partnered with Duha (Canada), industry leaders in the supply of fan-decks and take-home colour chips and colour cards, to make sure that the company’s rich new colours are conveyed and reflected correctly to paint buyers. Excelsior Paint has also kept abreast of advances in environmentally friendly paint technology. One of the company’s first changes involved the removal of lead from the entire Excelsior range. Since these steps were undertaken, Excelsior has gone further. Its Aqua range consists of several environmentally friendly


paint options, namely AquaGloss, Aqua-Magic, AquaMetalprime, Aqua-Multi Surface Primer, Aqua-Plaster Primer, Aqua-Satin and the Aqua-Var range. This is as a result of Excelsior paints’ commitment to controlling levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Excelsior Paint is an independent, family owned business, which means that it can move quickly and efficiently to meets market and client needs. As a family business, quality is central to the company’s legacy, and shared values and commitment to excellence

are crucial to the enterprise. Excelsior paints boasts its own world-class quality control and development laboratories where product consistency is monitored and maintained. The company also has its own manufacturing facilities, and distributes paint nationwide. The company proudly produces more than 1 500 000 litres of decorative and industrial paint a month. The Premium Supa-Satin Pure Acrylic and Premium Supa-Matt Acrylic now comply with the Green Building Council of South Africa’s classification of low VOC. www.excelsiorpaints.co.za


Elite Deco paint is brand new in South Africa, tried and tested in Italy and Turkey. This unique, high-quality product offers a wide range of textures and colours. We offer training for DIY applications we stock all the specialised equipment needed for all the various application techniques. No problem if you don’t want to paint, you can make use of our skilled team to complete your project.

This ECO friendly paint has a perfume scent and is water-based; it will bring any feature wall in your home or office to life and will undoubtedly become a talking point. For more information on this perfect finish, CALL NOW 011 453 8818/78 We are a proud member of SAPMA



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Introducing 7 new Micatex exterior colours. Colours that complement your life.








They’re not just timelessly elegant, they come backed by the unrivalled protection that only Micatex can offer. For exterior beauty with all the protection, there’s nothing stronger than Micatex. Printed colours may vary from the actual Plascon paint colour.


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TREND SETTING WALL DÉCOR WITH TEXTURED, DIGITAL PRINTABLE WALL VINYLS Modern wallpaper trends with bold colours, show-­stopping images and rich textures have made a massive comeback since the floral tones and ornate border patterns of the 80s. Interior designers today have unlimited creative freedom with new generation digital printable wallpapers. Gone are the days of limiting your client’s expectations to a couple of choices in a sample book… Explore high-resolution imagery from stock sites or your favourite photographer, decide on the textured finish and get printing. Maizey’s range of digitally printable wallpapers are durable, super-easy to install and adds unique design and character to a room that simply cannot be achieved with paints. With different

textures to choose from, it’s the best of both worlds for indoor and selected outdoor applications. Maizey wallpapers are fully self-­adhesive, which simplifies the workload for decorators and reduces turn-­around time. Contractors can now literally remove the protective backing paper on the printed panels and apply the wallpaper to the surface like a vinyl. Provided the application surface has been adequately prepared, the specially formulated “high tack” adhesive will ensure a proper bond with no lifting. Maizey wallpapers are perfect for domestic, retail and promotional environments i.e. restaurants, exhibition stands, bars, shops, hotels, offices and shopping malls, plus many other interior design and branding applications. The high quality “topskin” of Maizey’s range of wall décor films are fully ink receptive and yields brilliant colour and high definition when printed on Solvent, Eco­solvent, UV or Latex printers. Whether you need to brighten up a child’s room or create a show-stopping effect in an office or shop environment, you don’t have to settle for an “off the rack” solution. Print on-­demand with Maizey’s range of wall décor films and satisfy even the trendsetting fashionistas. Next season you can encourage them to change their look again… with minimal cost and effort. www.maizey.co.za

THE SECRET IS IN THE FIX When it comes to choosing a roofing and cladding system for your project, it is important to keep in mind the structural performance of the roof covering system. Roof covering systems are primarily designed to withstand high wind forces and all roof coverings need to be designed to resist these wind loads. The resistance of the profiled roof sheeting, against uniformly distributed loads, depends on the strength-defining structural parameters. Main parameters that determine the load resistance of the roof covering are within: • the resistance the profiled sheeting has against bending (positive and negative bending moments) and the load resistance of the fastening system • the thickness of the sheeting profile

• the dimensions of the profile, especially the overall depth of the profile. From the above it is clear that both the sheeting profile and fastening system/ mechanism play a crucial role in the overall wind load resistance of the roof system you choose. RESISTANCE AGAINST NEGATIVE WIND LOADING (SUCTION) Negative wind loads on roofs generally do not exceed 1.5 kN/m2. Analyses conducted by one of the leading Universities in South Africa show that the Craft-Lock® side interlocking fixing system can withstand wind loads in excess of 280 km/h, depending on purlin spacing and other design factors. Other concealed fixed roofing fixing systems generally fail at wind speeds of about 190 km/h.

WHY CHOOSE CRAFT-LOCK® FOR YOUR PROJECT? Craft-Lock® is arguably the best performing roof sheet in the country when it comes to performance in high wind conditions and turbulent weather. This was the sheet used for the Mall of Africa – recipient of multiple awards in the industry. Well over 4 million m 2 of CraftLock® now features in the South African and African roofing landscapes. Craft-Lock® can be installed on roof pitches as low as 1 degree. At this angle, the profile has enough flow capacity to withstand

rainfall intensities in excess of 300 mm/h, depending on sheets lengths. Craft-Lock® comes with a 5- to 10- year installation warranty if installed by an approved contractor and upon passing inspection. Depending on material used, atmospheric conditions and building application, corrosion performance warranties are usually in the range of 10 to 15 years. Clotan Steel’s unique approach to fixing, improved purlin spacing, and other inherent product features make for a cost-competitive concealed fix solution for your next project. www.clotansteel.co.za



INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE THAT ARE BRILLIANTLY INSPIRING, CREATIVE AND UNIQUE PLEXIGLAS offers a unique range of solutions for the interior design and construction industries that satisfies a diverse applications scope. Choose from impact or scratch-resistant and heat-reflecting to special surface textures like frosted, gloss, textured, mirror and wood look-and-feel materials. The options are endless... Technical specialists assist with applications development, installation, technical support and product selection advice. www.world-of-plexiglas.com

Interiors and Architecture that is brilliantly inspiring, creative and unique... PLEXIGLASÂŽ offers a unique range of solutions for the interior design and construction industries that satisfies a diverse applications scope. Choose from from impact or scratch resistant and heat-reflecting to special surface textures like frosted, gloss, textured, mirror and wood look-and-feel materials. The options are endless... Technical specialists assist with applications development, installation, technical support and product selection advice. T: +27 11 387 1940 E: plexiglas.africa@roehm.com W: www.world-of-plexiglas.com



CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIAL FOR YOUR BRAAI South Africa is a large country with a diverse climate, which demands that built-in braais are available in a variety of different kinds of steel. In the Highveld, Free State and Karoo, where the climate is drier, mild steel is a good choice. It has a long lifespan and will continue to look good with an occasional touchup on the paint. At the coast, where corrosion is a significant problem, a 3Cr12 (rust-resistant steel) or 304 stainless steel option will ensure a braai that will last longer and look better than a mild steel unit. Firefox offers all of its built-in braais with these choices of steel to complement our client’s lifestyles. In addition, these braais come standard with: • A simple fold-down and slide-in door system that provides a large, stable working platform in front of the braai • A stylish stainless-steel meat drawer that will keep meat warm and also looks good as a server on your table. Optional extras include: • Spit motor, spit and skewers/spit baskets to enable the easy rotisserie cooking of chickens and joints of meat • Warming grid to keep meat warm or to heat bread • Braai plates to allow easy cooking of bacon and eggs, stir fry or fish. With their range of braai sizes, steels and features, there is a Firefox braai to suit any discerning braaier’s needs. www.firefox.co.za

RODLIN DESIGN: SPECIALISTS IN AUDITORIUM AND CONFERENCE SEATING DESIGN Auditoriums are designed to accommodate a host of events, including concerts, sporting events, presentations, graduations and other ceremonies. Adaptability, durability, comfort, maintenance and safety are crucial. It is advisable to use a specialist company with the relevant skills and experience in the design of the auditorium and seating installation. Rodlin Design, established in 1993, has collaborated in the design of numerous venues throughout Southern Africa using tried-and-tested products and methods that have stood the test of time. The auditorium seating products provided by Rodlin Design offer a brand-new look with an attractive and uniform appearance. All seating products designed and manufactured by Rodlin Design are compliant with national seating standards or equivalent international norms. Rodlin Design utilises SABS testing as well as in-house testing apparatus, and continuously retests existing products and new designs. Their products are manufactured using a higher-than-required standard of raw materials and their state-of-the-art technology ensures the durability of the seating structure as well an attractive and comfortable design. Rodlin Design offers a comprehensive range of auditorium seating solutions, from budget-sensitive configurations to top-of-the-range deluxe seating. Rodlin Design has showrooms in Johannesburg and Cape Town and has dedicated agents throughout Southern Africa. Their experienced consultants will assist with space planning and product selection. www.rodlindesign.co.za




LIXIL AFRICA HANDCRAFTS JAVETT ART CENTRE RESTROOMS Proud supporters of local manufacturing, LIXIL Africa are pleased to showcase the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria. LIXIL Africa partnered with acclaimed South African architects, Mathews & Associates Architects, on this local project specifying proudly South African, quality brands Cobra and Vaal. The University of Pretoria advocates for supporting local manufacturing, hence the strong partnership and choice to specify Cobra and Vaal products. As LIXIL Africa is a product of choice in the department of higher education, they require vandal-resistant, water-saving, durable but aesthetically appealing sanitaryware and terminal fittings. Cobra and Vaal were both the obvious choice as they are not only fit for purpose but comply with all South African National regulations that fall within the 10 400 architectural guidelines for the built environment space. The Javett Art Centre is a place to feel at home, the centre welcomes anybody and everybody interested in the art of Africa – engaging with it, exploring it, learning about it, understanding it and creating it. Because there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to have a relationship with art, you don’t have to know art to love the Javett-UP. You just have to want to learn more about yourself. The building was nominated for the Saint-Gobain 2017 Africa Architectural Awards, which aim to recognise and reward worthy projects from across the continent. If you are looking for some inspiration and a creative escape, be sure to visit the Javett Art Centre, which opens doors and unlocks exciting opportunities for collaborations across Africa and the world. www.grohe.lixil.co.za


Hansgrohe has a specific, well-documented, attitude to the bathroom. The German giants firmly believe that the bathroom is your private space, your place of zen, your safe haven. The bathroom is the one room where you can explore limitless relaxation. As such, Hansgrohe is ecstatic to launch the brandnew Rainfinity – a shower that redefines the entire genre! The Rainfinity’s specially tailored, innovative spray surface curves inwards slightly, preventing the water jet from crashing into the head and shoulders. Instead, Rainfinity gently envelops your body, like a coat of a thousand droplets. The Rainfinity main shower head can be set at any angle between 10° and 30° with the adjustable, and ingenious, wall mounting. There are four

unique spray types you can choose from, further tailoring your shower to your specific needs. PowderRain is the soft caressing spray type that is popular with Hansgrohe users. Intense PowderRain is a sensational spray that adds more pressure, and Rainstream features a generous flow of soft sprays. Finally, the Monorain is a focussed jet that supports a soothing, feel-good shower. The shoulder shower, a new innovation, comes integrated into a shelf that you can set on your wall. On top of this, you have the option to pick one of two different hand showers. The Rainfinity is your gateway to complete relaxation; the shower head that sets a new standard in modern bathroom functionality. www.hansgrohe.co.za


INTRODUCING A GLOBAL FORCE IN WATERPROOFING TO SOUTH AFRICA BMI Coverland and BMI Icopal form part of the BMI Group, the largest manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions throughout Europe and Asia. As of February 2019, the innovative waterproofing product range became available to the South African waterproofing community, and at very competitive pricing. BMI Icopal brings innovations like NOx-Active bitumen waterproofing membrane that absorbs nitrogen oxide (NOx) and thereby depollutes the air we breathe. In addition our 'Metal - Faced' bitumen membrane range extends the longevity of the bitumen membrane through the application of an embossed thermo-stable attached metal foil. The initial BMI Icopal product offering includes Paraplast - a high performance

range of Atatic Polypropylene (APP) modified bitumen torch- on membranes. The bitumen grade used to produce the Paraplast waterproofing range has good U.V resistance, elasticity, flexibility and heat resistance making the range the contractor’s choice. The Paraplast torch-on range comprises of a 3mm APP torch-on membrane and a 4mm APP torch-on waterproofing membrane and a 4mm APP granular slate (grey) torch-on membrane. The Paraplast range of APP bitumen membranes is complimented with a bitumen surface primer to enhance bonding onto substrates and high quality silver topcoat that has a solar reflectance index (SRI) of 80. The Paraplast waterproofing range are introduced at very competitive pricing and stock is available immediately.

THE REST OF THE MULTI-PRODUCT PORTFOLIO WILL BE ROLLED OUT OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND INCLUDE BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: • The BMI EverGuard range of TPO fleeced and non-fleeced membranes with excellent weld ability and chemical resistance for faster and easier installations on most types of large roof tops. • Single-ply and solvent free liquid applied waterproofing which is based on polyurethane resin technology, BMI Sealoflex liquid forms a seamless permanently elastic, vapour permeable membrane -resistant and that is tear durable solution for new and existing commercial areas. • The innovative Blue Roof Waterproof systems for temporary retention of rain water on roof tops. The technology allows for retention of the rain water during rain fall that can stored and used periodically thereafter. Particularly useful in areas of rain scarcity environments.

Applications for BMI Icopal waterproofing membranes include but are not limited to exposed flat concrete roofs, roof gardens systems, foundation walls, balconies, tunnels, landfills, dams & pond linings, box gutters, metal roofs, parking decks under asphalt, terraces, lift pits, paved parking areas, patios,

BMI Coverland (Pty) Ltd Constantia View Office Estate, Block 6, 2 Hogsback Road, Quellerina, Johannesburg

insulated roofs, retaining walls, sewage plants, parapet walls, planter boxes. *Correct maintenance intervals required to offer extended longevity BMI Icopal offers a standard 10 year waterproofing warranty on all its product solutions ensuring that they are manufactured 'Fit for Purpose'. BMI – Because it is never just a roof.

Contact: Lance Anderson Flat Roof Specialist T +27 11 222 7300/ 7414 | M +27 72 486 6210 E lance.anderson@bmigroup.com


Cha-Cha Occasional Table Collection by Haldane Martin


aldane Martin’s Cha-Cha tables create the illusion of movement, dancing as the eyes glide around the closely spaced stainless steel rods that form line Moire patterns on the columnated base. The optic effects of the fluted base contrasts with simple table tops – slivered disks in monochromatic colours from laser-cut stainless steel – to form minimalist Memphis-like plinths. They’re compelling expressions of intense colour that work as both sleek standalone pieces, or playfully


combine to form customisable compositions. The Cha-Cha table collection comprises varied heights and diameters and comes in a full spectrum of chi-chi colours or modish electro-plated stainless steel. The occasional tables’ functional fabrication makes them idyllic statement pieces for the modern interior or outdoors. Made from stainless-steel and coated in UV-resistant pure polyester with a luxurious satin ferro-grain finish, they are a paragon of beauty and versatility. As in the name, the

Cha-Cha tables move easily from one form to another – the drinks or snacks table on a metropolitan patio, flamboyant display tables in an art hotel, a centrepiece in the urban monochromatic livingroom, or functional plinths in the public garden. Designed with the South African lifestyle in mind, the Cha-Cha occasional tables are suited to outdoor living, handling the African elements and durable in extreme environments. www.haldanemartin.co.za



Designed for Visionaries, Built for Nature.

Thermal comfort all year round Staying cool and energy-efficient comes naturally with Clean COLORBOND® steel with Thermatech®. This high-performing roofing ®

solution has the ability to reduce peak roof temperatures by up to 6° C*. Thermatech solar reflectance technology deflects heat effortlessly which makes it easier for air-conditioning to keep buildings cool thereby contributing to a reduction in energy needs. ®

Sustainability and innovation can work beautifully together, and Clean COLORBOND® steel with Thermatech is a testament to that. For more details on achieving optimal thermal comfort, get in touch with us today! * Depending on colour, level of insulation, building shape and function.

T +27 (0)21 442 5420 F +27 (0)21 448 9132 E arno.hanekom@bluescope.com


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is in the detail Alania’s reputation for delivering uncompromised quality, leading technology and exceptional turn around times is underpinned by an astute understanding of and respect for the design intent. Implement your projects efficiently and to the finest levels of detail with Alania. www.alania.co.za



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