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19 ROSEBANK FIRE STATION The refurbishment and development of Rosebank’s historical fire station by ARC Architects respects the heritage and character not just of the building itself, but the neighbourhood, too.
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16 INTERNATIONAL The £1bn redevelopment of London Bridge Station by Grimshaw Architects has transformed the station into a great new civic space, respecting its heritage while modernising one of the city’s busiest stations.
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22 MIDWAY INDUSTRIAL PARK Midway Industrial Park in Samrand, by architecture and interior architecture company Paragon, sets a new standard for the functional flexibility and aesthetics of industrial buildings.
26 MEGAHEY LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE This new centre at Peterhouse School in Zimbabwe by Architectural and Planning Studio aims to de-institutionalise the traditional library and weave contemporary forms of media and technology into the fabric of the building.
32 LOFTUS PARK Studio 3 Design House, architects of the Loftus Park Development, have designed an open, sensitively proportioned mixed-use public space in the Hatfield and Arcadia areas of Pretoria.
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ED'S NOTE It is no secret that in the field of architecture – and in the construction industry in general – the gender balance is far from equal. Last year, influential architecture and design website Dezeen did a survey of the 100 biggest architecture firms in the world, and found that just 10 percent of them had women leaders at the very top level. When they looked at senior and middle management levels together, the survey found that women make up just 18 percent. Most commentators took the fact that young women entering the profession did not rise to the top level to reveal inherent prejudice in the field. To celebrate Women’s Month this August, we interviewed three top South African women architects. While all said they had noticed that the industry is changing, they nevertheless felt that women have to work extra hard to prove themselves. It was interesting to note what they believed women brought to the field – from unique design perspectives needed to envision our urban future, to a sense of calm and people skills. All mentioned (with the proviso that they didn’t want to generalise too much) that women are better than men at multitasking! What is undeniable is that the women in the field contribute an enormous amount, and that transforming the gender balance in architecture would benefit not just women, but the whole industry. They also, and keenly, felt the need to be mentors and role models to young women architects. It needs to happen so that another generation of young women architects follows our interviewees to the top level. Graham EDITOR’S
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Celebrating women in architecture It’s no secret that the field of architecture is much in need of transformation when it comes to gender equality. This August, Leading Architecture & Design is celebrating the inspirational women leaders in the field with profiles of three of South Africa’s top women architects.
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Tia Kanakakis joined MDS Architecture in 1990 and became a partner in 1994. She has been responsible for projects including shopping centres, hotels, casinos and office developments, including several projects integral to the transformation of Sandton City. She was also the principal designer and lead architect for the Mall of Africa.
What drew you to the field of architecture? Architecture is a unique mix between art and science; it requires solutions that are inspiring as well as functional. I can’t think of any other field that offers such exciting challenges!
What drew you to the field of architecture? As a child, I wanted to design everything from my Barbie’s doll house to her furniture. Once I matured, I realised what a meaningful career it was to develop the built environment. Architecture is an ideal career for a woman because it provides possibilities to work in a commercial environment, a small practice or independently.
What project are you most proud to have contributed to? On the one hand there are the award-winning projects such as the Sasol and Alexander Forbes head offices. On the other, I get much satisfaction from smaller refurbishment projects like Trinity House Randpark Ridge. What unique challenges do women architects face? The construction industry is still very male-dominated. If I’m working with new people, I know I will have my work cut out for me in terms of building mutual respect. On a lighter note, I think all women architects have been unexpectedly called to a building site and have had to convince a site manager that a skirt and high heels is acceptable safety gear! What is the profession’s biggest challenge in terms of gender transformation? Making space for people with families. Is there a woman role model you find inspiring? Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. Her book Lean In made me realise how indoctrinated women sometimes are about our abilities, and how we are often each other’s worst critics. What is the most important thing women bring to the profession? There is an unprecedented need for fresh thinking about buildings and cities. Women have an ability to look at problems in fresh new ways. What advice do you have for young women architects? Be well prepared for every meeting. As a woman, you have to prove yourself more than a man would. Being the best-informed person in the room makes it easier.
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What project are you most proud to have contributed to? It has been a privilege to have worked on the additions and reconfigurations of Sandton City over the past 25 years. Mall of Africa was also a design dream. What unique challenges do women architects face? Women need to speak up and be heard. It is important for female architects to be role models for the younger generation. What is the profession’s biggest challenge in terms of gender transformation? The educated world must learn to embrace the energy and dynamism of women in the built environment. Is there a woman role model you find inspiring? The first is Zaha Hadid, who gave architectural geometry a whole new expressive identity. And French architect Odile Decq, who has raised the profile of women in architecture worldwide. What is the most important thing women bring to the profession? Women have incredible mental strength and expressive skills. They also tend to be better at multitasking, have strong management skills and people skills. What advice do you have for young women architects? Women can have it all if they want. But you must aim for what you want and fight to achieve it. Believe in yourself, have focused goals and work consistently, and the world is your oyster!
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HELEEN GRIMSEHL Heleen Grimsehl has worked at Boogertman + Partners for nearly 25 years, and was appointed as a director in 2000. She is primarily a hotel and leisure architect with a particular flair for the execution of complex buildings through the management and coordination of all disciplines, development of teamwork, contract administration and quality control. Some memorable projects she has been involved in include Emperor’s Palace (Caesars), The Houghton Hotel and Saatchi and Saatchi’s head office. What drew you to the field of architecture? When I was in Grade 10, my parents built a house, and for the first time I saw the architectural process first hand – seeing a design become a building. I found it absolutely fascinating. What project are you most proud to have contributed to? Although creating spaces gives me much joy, for me, the most satisfying part of my achievement has been the pleasure of mentoring, shaping and focussing the brilliant minds of young architects. What unique challenges do women architects face? In the first instance, the building industry is an extremely male-orientated world in an already patriarchal society. Although I could probably count the number of times that I’ve been treated with outright chauvinism on one hand, the male environment is a lot more confrontational than the typical nurturing female environment. It’s quite an adjustment. Also, it’s difficult to balance work and family life. What is the profession’s biggest challenge in terms of gender transformation? One thing I believe the millennials who are entering the workplace have started bringing into company culture is gender empathy: taking a moment to put yourself in another person’s shoes, seeing what their needs are, and trying to be mindful of the opposite gender. Is there a woman role model who you find inspiring? When I studied, it was Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi’s partner. She was South African. I am a leisure architect, and she operated in that realm. She also had strong opinions about architectural elitism and bringing the humanity back into architecture. And she had good advice about being a woman in the industry. What is the most important thing women bring to the profession? I can’t say it’s always like this, but often women bring emotional intelligence and empathy to the field. And a different way of looking at spaces and designs. But I love the fact that architecture demands a melding of the masculine and the feminine. What advice do you have for young women architects? It’s very important to choose where you work. Where you start out can either inspire you or break you. Be very circumspect. Do you see a very strong female role model there? When I started, I was very lucky to have Annemarie Krige and Rechelle LaGrange to show me how to retain my uniqueness in this very male industry.
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London Bridge station London Bridge station has officially reopened, marking the end of a £1bn redevelopment project that has transformed the station, catalysing the London Bridge Quarter and connecting millions more passengers to the capital’s transport network. PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL RAFTERY
ondon Bridge station by Grimshaw Architects is the lynchpin of the Thameslink Programme’s government-funded commitment to improve London’s transport infrastructure between the north and south of the city. The station’s ambitious redevelopment carefully considers its heritage context and surrounding communities, as well as its practical status as one of the UK’s most used stations. London Bridge station is designed to regenerate Southwark with a permeable design linking the station to the public realm at multiple points. Two new entrances provide a modern response to nearby Victorian arches, seamlessly marrying the old with the new and demonstrating the station’s status as a quintessential London building. There are two key architectural concepts for London Bridge station. The first provides an expansive concourse and civic space that can accommodate increased passenger numbers and facilitate a quicker and easier interchange. Larger in size than the pitch of Wembley Stadium, the new concourse is 80m wide and 165m long, providing a generous public space that accommodates 50 million annual journeys and creates an
environment where visitors can spend time in between travel with an array of high-quality retail and café offerings. Another key architectural concept was to design with construction in mind; London Bridge is a major interchange and only two platforms at a time could be removed. Architects Grimshaw designed the scheme to be modular and constructed off-site wherever possible, and this can be seen in the development of the roof as a series of ribbons that comprise 1 200 pre-fabricated cassettes. The canopies are designed to be read as one structure, with unifying roof lights in the concourse to signal the importance of the space. Engineered elements, including bridge deck columns, crossheads and Y-shape columns, are expressed and actively celebrated. At the more ‘human scale’ and to balance the grey and steel palette, warm materials bring warmth to the space, such as the red cedar timber soffit in the concourse. Mark Middleton, Partner at Grimshaw, says, “As architects, our vision for the station was to create a great civic space that connected two communities and respected its Victorian heritage while providing a modern, functional and enjoyable
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experience for train passengers.” Simon Blanchflower, Major Programme Director at Network Rail, says, “Working with Grimshaw we’ve rebuilt London Bridge station, transforming central London’s oldest station into a station fit for the 21st century by making it modern, spacious and fully accessible. To be able to create such a striking and unique station despite all of the challenges presented by the project is a fantastic achievement.” grimshaw.global
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Rising from the ashes The refurbishment and development of Rosebank’s historical fire station by ARC Architects respects the heritage and character not just of the building, but the neighbourhood, too. PHOTOGRAPHY JUSTUS VAN DER HOVEN (JNR)
he Rosebank Fire Station is the second oldest building in Rosebank, and dates to 1935. (The old Post Office, now the Monarch Hotel, is the oldest.) Not only is the fire station a heritage building, but it is also an architectural cornerstone of the Rosebank CBD. “People are passionate about the legacy of the building,” says architect Justus van der Hoven (Jnr) of ARC Architects, who were also developers of the project. “It’s a real landmark.” Although the Fire Department still operated from the building when ARC Architects acquired it, the rest of the building had been rezoned and had been converted into office space in the 1990s. ARC Architects planned to increase the office space, but at the same time, they were mindful not just of the character of the building, but also of the unique character of the Rosebank CBD. “We wanted to build on its heritage and enhance the legacy of the fire station,” says van der Hoven. He refers to the area’s pedestrian-friendly streets and walkability – the human scale of the street-facing buildings, and the fact that Rosebank has historically supported a “community of offices”, i.e. a variety of small businesses rather than being dominated by corporate behemoths. The architecture of the historic fire station exemplifies that neighbourhood character. Apart from observing the heritage restrictions on the building itself, Van der Hoven was adamant that he would retain the architectural scale
Rosebank’s historical fire station retains its historical street-level character and identity, while the new section, which rises from the central courtyard, draws on its scale and proportions to break up its bulk and reduce its mass so that it remains a "background building".
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The new seven-storey office development includes balconies on the west and south side of the building, which add depth to the facade, improve the quality of the offices and provide overhangs that contribute to its energy efficiency.
and texture of the building and design the new seven-storey office development that they planned in a way that would celebrate the original fire station building and help preserve Rosebank’s unique commercial culture. More than anything, he says, he wanted the “heritage building to remain the main focus”. “From an architectural point of view, it was built from end to end on the site,” says Van der Hoven. Its central courtyard was essentially the only space available for development, so the solution to the need to grow the tenant base was to have an architecturally differentiated building rise from this central court. Although they had to begin with a plinth and four levels of parking above ground, the fact that the heritage building “wraps around” the new addition means that it doesn’t become detached from the street and retains its proportions “and level of interaction”, as Van der Hoven puts it. Conceptually, he explains, he wanted the new addition to be “a background building”. He sought ways to soften it and give it texture and steered away from the “wrap building” approach, which typically results in a flat, uniform façade. “We wanted the façade to have depth,” he says. A new façade fenestration system from Fentech was used. Parametric design made it possible to design each panel with a unique pattern – a certain number of “buttons” printed onto the surface of the glass that give the building its “fingerprint”, in Van der Hoven’s words, and also contributes to the sense of the building “fading” as you look upwards. “We tried to transpose the scale and art deco proportions to the new building,” he adds. Not only did he include balconies on the west and south side of the building,
which give a lovely and climatically appropriate outdoor character to the offices, but they also break up the bulk of the building and reduce the amount of glass on its façade. “Big overhangs on the west helps with performance,” adds Van der Hoven. “On the other facades, we have fins that project, which create a nice sense of depth.” These have been designed to taper towards the plinth, so that they seem to “blend away and feather out”. The dark, muted colours of the addition – dark glass and charcoal aluminium – are one aspect of the way the new is differentiated from the old, and remains in the background, but it also grew from the question of how to communicate the idea of fire in the building itself. Van her Hoven says that in one of the early design iterations, “the idea was to use charcoal timber for the façade to communicate the idea of fire”. Conceptually, he wanted to “use fire as a building material”. With the Fire Department back in the restored historical section of the building, it is still an operational fire station. The lobby includes a large widow that looks onto the engine room to articulate the story of the building. Van der Hoven says that his team are currently searching for memorabilia to do with the fire station. “We’re planning a memorial gallery in the foyer of the building,” he says, which will add another layer to the narrative. Not only does the building include small sectional title units to encourage the presence of small businesses, the historical building at street level also include the kind of companies and activities that will activate the neighbourhood and public space around it – co-working spaces, a coffee shop and shops – so that the life of the building will spill out onto the sidewalks.
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The dark, muted colours of the building contribute to the effect that its bulk appears to fade as it rises. The choice of charcoal was inspired by the colours of charred timber, which conceptually communicates the idea of fire as a building material.
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Midway Industrial Park in Samrand, by architecture and interior architecture company Paragon, sets a new standard for the functional flexibility and aesthetics of industrial buildings.
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irectly adjacent to the N1 highway, within the busy Samrand precinct, Midway Industrial Park is located on a site that not only slopes and exposes towards the highway, but also slopes towards the south, opening up very good views toward the building – necessitating both functionality and a new benchmark for the aesthetics of industrial buildings. The unique design lines, feature compositions, striking colour contrasts, relief cladding surfaces and varied surface textures make it stand out substantially in comparison to most industrial and
warehouse buildings. “The idea was to purposely fragment the façade into strong design elements that not only unify the building, but also intentionally integrate services and minimise its visual mass,” says Paragon Senior Project Architect Christiaan Liebenberg. The main aim was to maximise usage on the property for both warehouse space and delivery and dispatch facilities. Maximising the usable space internally and externally provides the most flexibility in terms of tenants that can be accommodated on the property, as well as facilitating well-
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designed front-of-house (FOH), backof-house (BOH), administration and operations service, with increased access and functionality. These main goals were achieved by relaxing building and servitude lines as much as legally permissible. In addition, the building height was maximised in accordance with the approved Site Development Plan to accommodate tenants’ specific needs. Due to the fall of the site, some drastic level changes had to be introduced, which could potentially limit the usage and flexibility required by the client. This was resolved by a
calculated splitting of the building length into two parts, providing either two very large warehouse spaces, or two sets of two smaller spaces. Stormwater drainage also posed a challenge, which was addressed through a combination of welldrained platforms, carefully-placed stormwater inlets, and a large stormwater attenuation pond on the south-western corner of the site. This attenuates the collected stormwater, reducing the water volume and speed at which the site’s stormwater enters the municipal and highway stormwater systems. Continued next page
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The masonry base of the façades intentionally incorporates functional requirements easily, but also minimises potential operational damage to the building’s sheeting. Due to the nature of the building’s use, applying sheeting at lower levels would have meant a lot more maintenance and repair in the long term. Large horizontal ventilation louvres on the south provide for the natural and smoke ventilation requirements, in conjunction with continuous slope- and ridge-mounted ventilators on top of the building. While this allows for smoke ventilation, it also assists greatly in cooling the warehouse spaces without the need for mechanical ventilation. Large polycarbonate sheeting regions on the south façade also provide substantial daylight within the warehouse spaces. To the north of the building, where the office components are housed, aluminium-framed windows and shopfronts have been used, with thermal-performance glazing throughout. To support the thermal performance of the glazing, horizontal shading devices have been positioned over all windows, large canopies placed over entrance shopfronts, and carefully-designed vertical shading louvres used on the large north-western glazed corner of the building. Sanitaryware fittings such as basin taps, toilets and showers are low-flow and low-usage fittings. Lighting in
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the office areas uses either LED or low-wattage fittings, while the lighting in the large warehouse spaces is LED, and all mechanical equipment is energy efficient. The building as a whole complies fully with SANS 10400 Part XA (Energy Efficiency) requirements. Paragon assisted some of the
tenants in checking their racking requirements in terms of space and structural limitations, as well as providing fit-out designs and integration with the building and its services. In addition, Paragon designed the interiors of the bathrooms and fire-escape stairs throughout the building.
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Library meets T IT in Zim Architectural and Planning Studio was recently commissioned to design the Megahey Learning Resource Centre, which was funded by anonymous donation to the Peterhouse Group of Schools in Marondera, Zimbabwe. PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS SCOTT-SCOTTY
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he Megahey Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Peterhouse School in Zimbabwe was built in the name of Alan Megahey, a former rector/ headmaster, and is intended to honour his considerable contribution to the school, specifically in the fields of culture, intellect and innovation. The building was envisioned as a synthesis between traditional library and modern IT centre â€“ as well as housing an archive of information and memorabilia collected by both Alan Megahey and Peterhouse School. The building placement within the schoolâ€™s campus complements
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The Megahey Learning Resource Centre at Peterhouse School in Marondera, Zimbabwe, is positioned so that it opens up onto landscaped gardens and reactivates external spaces such as an old stone amphitheatre for open-air performances.
the notional Great Court at the Boys School and re-activates an old stone amphitheatre to the north, where open-air theatrical productions were once performed. While the granite cladding to the north anchors the new building to its contextual surrounds, the glazed facade to the south connects the building to its projected future and opens up to the ambient light and distant views beyond. The building is intended to enhance and activate adjacent external spaces – thereby multiplying the building’s effective footprint threefold and increasing its extended student capacity. The envelope opens to landscaped
gardens and terraces, allowing the exploration of mixed media in a more casual outdoor environment. The architectural approach aims to de-institutionalise the traditional library and weave contemporary forms of media and technology into the fabric of the building – making information of all kinds more accessible to students and teachers than ever before, in an environment that is both stimulating and engaging. The LRC is realised as a series of individual and collective gathering spaces under one roof – where a spectrum of learning resources and multimedia in all its forms can be consumed, shared and enjoyed by pupils and staff. To this end the
ground floor is more public and geared to larger group activities, while the first floor is more private and geared to quieter, smaller groups of people and individual isolation and concentration. The library of books has been intentionally saturated within the building framework, while the array of IT options (Wi-Fi, internet, intranet, portable and fixed devices) are seamlessly available to the students and staff in a multitude of forms, internally and externally. Currently, equal importance and accessibility is given to both books and IT. Continued next page
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The double volumes and bright openplan spaces create a series of individual and collective gathering spaces under one roof where a wide range of media can be consumed, shared and enjoyed by pupils and staff.
However, as IT becomes more prominent and pervasive, and the printed media becomes less so, the books are intended to be retained as a feature element of the building and showed off as a contextual reference. Within the building, books and computers are accessed from various fixed and movable furniture, allowing for both static and flexible arrangements, depending on group size and activity. Numerous recessed floor boxes have been located around the floor plates to allow for adaptable spatial layouts, and the need to recharge power, or hardwire data, regardless of any future unknown IT advances. A new server room is located beneath the stairs with a transparent door allowing for secure access control, as well as a visual connection to the blinking engine room beyond. While the outside of the building is politely respectful of the school’s history, reputation and context, the interior of the building is more playful and designed to activate imagination and curiosity. The double volumes and light/bright open-plan spaces are intended to reflect the quest for a more progressive and innovative workspace, where collaboration is encouraged and hierarchies between
staff and students, juniors and seniors, and boys and girls are broken down within a relaxed, neutral space. Vertical wall elements rise internally on both sides of the building, spanning the ground and first floors. Depending on their location and intended function, these are either punctured with feature shelving, or remain blank and flat-faced – with the possibility of hosting pictures, monitors or projected images that will form a collective and constantly evolving display within the building. Thanks to the internalised columns and cantilevering beams, the horizontal planes of the roof and floor appear at times to float over the heavier masonry bases of the building. Structural beam and column elements are architecturally emphasised so that aesthetic form follows structural function. Locally quarried granite stone connects the building to its geographic surrounds and the school’s historic past. Rough-cut concrete blocks (used both externally and internally) offer continuity to its projected future, as represented by using steel and concrete and generous quantities of laminated glazing. Continued next page
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The curved seating terraces and gallery above are emphasised by the thinned edges of floor plates, the permanent formwork of aluminium edge channels and a brushed stainless steel and glass balustrade. LED strip lighting is used internally to emphasise the library collection, while zesty and vibrant colours are applied throughout to create visual stimulation and excitement to the internal façades and bring focus to the school’s valuable books. Natural ventilation is supported during the winter months by tempered air conditioning, and water runoff from the five-degree mono pitch IBR roof is channelled to the ground via a hidden gutter and a collection of articulated downpipes to the south. In re-imagining the building typology, the architects considered the need for meaningful human interactions, spontaneous media exploration, collaborative networking, constructive knowledge transfer and seamless information exchange.
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PROFESSIONAL TEAM ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS: Architectural and Planning Studio (APS) PROJECT MANAGER: Jason Driscoll-PH QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Matt Dove-Matt Dove Associates STRUCTURAL AND CIVIL ENGINEER: Cyprian Kunaka-Dickie & Kunaka MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Mike Mawire & Jackson Taivavashe-ASMEC MOBILE FURNISHINGS: Michelle Wilkins-MAIA CONTRACTORS: David & Richard Pereria-Rio Douro Construction
Above: The building placement within the greater school campus is intended to enhance and activate adjacent external spaces, which also allows for learning in a more casual outdoor environment. Left: The interior of the building is bright, light and playfully designed to activate imagination and curiosity.
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Pretoria’s ‘People’s Place’ Studio 3 Design House, architects of the Loftus Park Development, have designed an open, sensitively proportioned mixed-use public space in the Hatfield and Arcadia areas of Pretoria.
he Loftus Park precinct is a mixed-use development in Pretoria next to Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium, near several embassies, the Union Buildings, the University of Pretoria and Art Museum, and four of Pretoria’s top schools. The brief the developers, Abland, presented to the architects, Studio 3 Design House, was inspired by various precincts and piazzas they had visited in the UK and Germany, with the intention of creating a “people’s place” that would catalyse the public life in and around the development.
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The Loftus Park precinct in Pretoria emphasises open space and intense landscaping to create a “public experience” centered on an open-air piazza designed to encourage walkability and movement.
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The concept involved a mixed-use precinct bringing together business and leisure with office space, a hotel, restaurant, gym and restaurants surrounding an open-air piazza. There was significant emphasis on landscaping and creating a sense of open public space with an accessible public approach and easy pedestrian flow. The planning concept focused on movement, convenience, experience and awareness of nature through intense landscaping. The precinct is structured around four axes that culminate in a central piazza. These axes reference and connect to the urban fabric around them: Sport from the south (Loftus Versfeld); Residential from the west, linking the Clydesdale residential area; Art from the northwest and Education from the northeast. The piazza includes a water feature and stage with an oversized digital screen for public viewing. All restaurants link directly with the piazza, and the stage and digital screen are visible from all of them.
The hotel features a foyer and public space as a walk-through experience from the porte-cochere, spilling out onto the piazza to the north. All pedestrian routes culminate in the "Pool of Light"’, where oversized glass lifts and escalators connect the basement to the piazza, drawing attention to the retail outlets as well as guiding pedestrians from the basement to the office building entrances, the hotel main entrance and access to the gymnasium. The architecture portrays a modern, yet sensitive contemporary expression of key characteristics of the precinct’s urban context. Zoning restrictions limited the height of buildings to the highest point of the rugby stadium. Building materials and textures were selected with reference to the surrounding buildings, such as Loftus Versfeld Stadium and other smaller elements from the Clydesdale residential area.
Above: Loftus Park precinct is situated next to the Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium with the Clydesdale residential node directly adjacent, and in close proximity to schools, embassies, the Union Buildings, the university and art museum. Left: The architecture portrays a modern, yet sensitive contemporary expression, accommodating individuality and difference within a harmonious group.
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This resulted in a combination of red face bricks, off-shutter concrete, coloured plaster panels and aluminium cladding together with sheet metal cladding. Because of the variety of buildings with different uses, individual design expressions were accommodated for each while maintaining a golden thread in design elements, such as retail canopies, materials and colour palette, so that their different articulations and expressions appear harmonious – not only in terms of look and feel, but also in scale, proportion and position in relation to each other. The subtle colours of the shopfronts, which are higher than usual, keep the interface with pedestrians friendly and convenient. Covered canopies, either in slatted steel or off-shutter concrete, provide protection from the elements. The curved shapes in the landscape design not only follow the building footprints, but also enhance the pedestrian flow and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of the precinct. Several sculptures and art interventions were introduced in specific locations throughout the precinct to enhance the public space. Interesting paving patterns create a vibrant and pleasing aesthetic outcome, and the use of paving materials such as Artevia polished panels in certain areas helps to direct focus towards the water fountain and podiums for the art interventions. Public seating has also been strategically positioned, and the planters have been recessed within the podium structure to eliminate protrusion and ensure easy pedestrian flow. Part of the brief involved retaining the infamous Sin Bin, a heritage jewel of the site that was
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originally constructed in 1929 as a clubhouse for the local tennis club, but has been vacant for a long time and had been left in a dilapidated state. An application was lodged at the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority of Gauteng to utilise the method of “deconstruction and reconstruction” in restoring the clubhouse, which was granted. It currently houses a wellknown restaurant. The precinct is designed in accordance with the LEEDS guidelines for precincts, which is new to South Africa. The office building is designed to obtain a Four Star Green Star rating. The focus of the development is on energy and water savings, as well as on minimising light pollution through strategic light source positioning, as well as orientation of building and glass areas.
A modern glass and steel articulated structure was designed as a "Pool of Light" connecting the triple volume space of the basement levels with the piazza via oversized glass lifts and escalators.
PROFESSIONAL TEAM DEVELOPER: Abland ARCHITECT: Studio 3 Design House QUANTITY SURVEYOR: AECOM STRUCTURAL AND CIVIL ENGINEER: Aurecon MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Aurecon CIVIL ENGINEER (EXTERNAL WORKS): Sivest ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: CKR WET SERVICES ENGINEER: CKR FIRE ENGINEER: MDB Consulting TRAFFIC ENGINEER: Techworld ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Aurecon LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Daniel Rebel HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANT: Cairnmead ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE MONITORING: Ecologic Afrika MAIN CONTRACTOR: WBHO
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Superior print quality with every sheet The LUCIA TD ink produces fine lines, sharp text and vibrant colours, making it perfect for high-precision CAD drawings and posters alike. Specifically formulated for weather resistance, including water resistance, printed drawings can be viewed at outdoor construction or engineering sites, in longterm storage and on outdoor posters. Thanks to superb colour reproduction even on plain paper, ink performance exceeds the needs for poster quality on both coated and uncoated paper. Game changing productivity The imagePROGRAF TX-Series can be expanded to two rolls. The optional dual-roll system enables high-volume printing from two rolls of the same kind, or hassle-free switching
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BOOGERTMAN + PARTNERS’ BIM JOURNEY AT MENLYN MAINE CENTRAL SQUARE Building Information Modeling (BIM) has great benefits for early stage designs. Visualising a project in 3D is not a new concept in architecture, but software allows us to analyse our buildings during design stages to give clients the most effective buildings. BIM allows clients to get involved in the project’s decision-making and communicates the design intent, not only the pretty pictures, according to Marelise Dann, BIM Manager for Boogertman + Partners (B+P). The Menlyn Maine Central Square Project The Menlyn Maine Central Square (MMCS) is a mixed-use development that forms part of the greater Menlyn Maine in Pretoria. The R1.8bn project consists of a boutique shopping centre, commercial office building and hotel. Being such a large, fast-paced project, it served as a great development to make the case for BIM. “MMCS has been a great case study for us in terms of internal operations and collaborating with our consultants and contractor. Because of the size and complexity of the project, our team had to push the limit of processes and protocols to deliver a highly coordinated outcome in a short period of time,” states Dann. Internally, MMCS was a great example of how teams should be put together to stay productive and innovative. The workflows on Revit and Navisworks and the BIM Execution Plan was
optimised to achieve specific project goals. “The team’s structure in terms of expertise was planned to perfection. Every team member had a specific role and responsibility. Our MMCS team became an inspiration with their comradery towards each other and the rest of the project teams.” Externally, the MMCS team’s dedication spilled over to the rest of the stakeholders in the project. MMCS had been earmarked as a BIM project from the get-go. “Due to the time constraints, getting to zero clashes onsite seemed impossible, which only served to inspire the team further.” The bi-weekly project meetings evolved to bi-weekly workshops that included all project stakeholders, with Navisworks clash detection at the forefront – to reduce issues onsite before drawings were issued. “The project was of course not without its usual hiccoughs, but I have never seen a project team come together like this, with one goal in mind: excellence.” The vision “Boogertman + Partners (B+P) is focused on human-centric design. Human centricity entails having a connection with all stakeholders inside and outside of our business. BIM plays a big role in bringing our staff, consultants and clients together as a team to deliver excellence,” explains Dann. B+P mainly use Autodesk software, leading with Revit
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and Navisworks. Dann and the team also integrate with other BIM software like Rhino, “to keep up with the latest innovations in architecture, and to ensure our workflows run as efficiently as possible”. B+P’s modelling standards have been created according to the AEC (UK) BIM Protocol for Revit. Its BIM standards and processes are aligned with the UK PAS:1192, where South African methodology permits. The beginning “I think all companies go through the same challenges during any kind of transformation. BIM is not unique to that. One of the biggest challenges, usually, is dealing with change,” says Dann when recalling the early days of the company’s BIM execution. “When I started at B+P in 2014, our biggest challenge was to make the time between projects to implement our BIM strategy. What made our transformation successful was the determination of a leader and an amped team, to drive
B+P into the future with BIM by changing our culture to a culture of learning. It’s our culture of learning that is still driving our passion for BIM today,” Dann continues. And now? “BIM is moving at such a fast pace, our next challenge is to get into a culture of change. New technologies will need constant adaptation of workflows and we need to be ready,” she says of the company’s current strategy. One of the greater benefits of using BIM in early design stages is that it sets the BIM workflow for the rest of the project stages, by visualising complexities and anticipating potential risks, making the project more efficient all around. “Up-skilling staff on BIM processes is not necessarily challenging. The more you work on BIM software, the more the BIM processes, workflows and protocols make logical sense,” says Dann with a smile. www.autodesk.co.za
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COROBRIK KEEPS UP WITH THE TIMES WITH BIM Corobrik has responded to the need for Building Information Modelling (BIM) content among architects and other property development professionals, and has made BIM files available for download on its website. Corobrik Commercial Director, Musa Shangase, says that the introduction of this ground-breaking technology and software correlates with Corobrik’s focus on technology and the ever-changing building landscape. “As the leading brickmaker in South Africa, Corobrik is proud to be the only brickmaker in Africa to introduce BIM to its clients,” says Shangase. “BIM will give architects an added tool to streamline the design process.”
It is compatible with software used by architects (such as Archicad, Revit etc.). “The architects transfer the BIM content while they are working. These files are embedded in their models and specify the products to be used. The importance of this is that, when specifying products, they can immediately see its effects on available space, style and decor, and technical requirements. For example, they can see the exact result of a specific choice of face brick,” he says. Put simply, BIM brings together digital representations of all physical and functional characteristics of a new design. The output of this process is the Building
Information Model, which is essentially a digital description of every aspect of a building expressed in the form of a building model that is available to all working on the project. According to Shangase, this level of digital collaboration has a significant impact throughout the entire lifecycle of a building – stretching from earliest conception to demolition. “Using the BIM model, there is less chance of construction coming to a halt while key parties resolve their differences. They would have been collaborating on a shared model and, as it developed, working together to identify and eliminate any conflicts (referring to
discussion and to model design conflicts). This evens out workflow, minimises stoppages and rebuilds, and reduces wastage. This can only lead to improved productivity and cost savings, and enables both contractors and sub-contractors to work together to deliver a project within budget and on time,” he points out. BIM can also simplify the downstream management, operation and maintenance of a completed building. Prior to commissioning, defects can be identified and rectified. Further down the line, renovations and extensions can be synchronised with the initial structure, both technically and aesthetically. www.corobrik.co.za
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ADVANCED LIGHTING SOLUTION FOR PUBLIC SPACES OFFERS BETTER VISIBILITY WITH LESS ENERGY Power Matla Innolumis (PMI) has developed a pioneering concept for the illumination of public spaces using the latest advanced LED technologies. The company’s world-pioneering “Mesopic” lighting system integrates a sophisticated understanding of visual perception in combination with sustainable individualy coloured LEDs to create light that perfectly matches the sensitivity curve of the human eye in evening and night-time vision. The relationship between light and visibility is complex. It’s certainly not a case of the brighter the light, the better the visibility. Our eyes have two vision systems: one for daytime conditions (photopic) and one for night time (scotopic). Colour, temperature and the interaction between light wave-spectrum affect how well we see. PMI LEDs stimulate the eye’s rods and cones at appropriate wavelengths for night-time viewing, helping human eyes perceive more colour and better contrast in night time conditions. This is called “Mesopic vision” a concept developed and spearheaded by them since 2008. At the relatively low light levels provided by public lighting (streetlights), our
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LUXURY STARTS AT GROUND LEVEL IN BENGUELA COVE’S NEW RESTAURANT Benguela Cove, an idyllic wine estate in Cape Town, crafted a bespoke, stylised floor in its new restaurant that reflects the venue’s elegant image and evokes an ambience of luxury and quality. The Moody Lagoon restaurant has been designed to provide a refined and relaxing dining experience. At the restaurant, guests are treated to amazing views of the Bot River Lagoon and out over the Atlantic Ocean while they are served creative dishes made from the freshest produce. As one of Walker Bay’s most prominent lifestyle estates, it was imperative that every element of the restaurant’s interior design scheme conveyed the development’s sophisticated identity and met its high aesthetic and operational standards. To achieve this, 300m2 of
Flowcrete South Africa’s seamless resin terrazzo system, Mondéco Earth, was applied across the Moody Lagoon’s floor area. The terrazzo flooring system was chosen in two complementary colours that were installed in a stylised pattern of geometric squares, rectangles and lines within the restaurant’s seating area. This eye-catching arrangement of Pebble Grey and Dark Grey reflected the restaurant’s interior visuals, in which classical themes and imagery have been combined with contemporary twists and bold colours. The choice of two muted shades mirrored the décor and made the floor an ideal backdrop for the chairs and soft furnishings, which provide pops of blue and red. This combination of colours and shapes was ideal for the
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site, where no expense has been spared to fashion a stunning environment of art, colour, views and bespoke interiors. Mondéco Earth further adds to the opulent atmosphere with the inclusion of light-reflective decorative aggregates, which creates a glittering lustre across the finish. Mondéco Earth can be applied in unique configurations thanks to its special, paint-by-numbers application technique. The desired pattern is laid out in metal trims, the chosen colour is poured into the corresponding area within the metal outline, then ground down and polished several times until a glittering, smooth surface has been achieved. The impervious and hardwearing nature of resin terrazzo means it will retain its strong visual properties
even after years of use and wear. The Moody Lagoon’s managers could rest assured that high heels, spilled wine, fallen food, frequent cleaning and all the challenges that floors in restaurant spaces will inevitably be exposed to won’t affect the new finish. Mondéco Earth’s seamlessness also has a key cleanability advantage, as it means that anything dropped on the floor can be quickly and easily washed away before it can spoil the interior’s appearance. This combination of aesthetics and functionality has made Mondéco a popular choice among high-end leisure venues such as Benguela Cove, as it meets the high standards of the clientele while providing an easy-to-maintain surface for the restaurant’s owners for an extended period of time. www.flowcretesa.co.za
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BELOW THE SURFACE OF CONCRETE FLOOR RENOVATIONS BY JEANNE DE POWER FROM SAINT-GOBAIN WEBER When embarking on a floor renovation, fitting a flooring system properly at the outset can lead to a better, more comfortable space in the long term, and ensure a high-quality and long-lasting renovation. The secret is simple and needn’t break the bank – it’s all in the preparation. Many homes have concrete slabs beneath existing floor coverings. Key to any floor installation is preparing the layers that lie beneath the visible surface. The process involves effectively cleaning, priming and screeding a concrete or cement-based slab before covering it with your chosen material. Here’s all you need to know from the team at Saint-Gobain Weber.
TAL LABORATORY AWARDED ISO 17025 ACCREDITATION Tiling installation and construction product manufacturer TAL has proven its technical competence after their laboratory was recognised as an ISO 17025 accredited testing facility in May 2018. TAL, a division of Norcros SA, has manufactured and supplied innovative tile installation materials to the South African market for over 40 years. The TAL laboratory is the first in Africa to gain ISO 17025 accreditation for 1348:2007 testing (tensile strength of cementitious tile adhesives). While similar to the ISO 9001 standard, ISO 17025 also speaks to technical competence. TAL Technical Executive Obert Rukato explains that tests under 1348:2007 determine the strength of the adhesive bond between tile and substrate. This includes evaluation of the adhesive under test conditions, as a control measure, and under simulated real-life environments, such as water immersion and heat aging over a 28-day period. Positive results confirm for the end-user that the claimed performance of the tile adhesive is accurate, and that the product will deliver the expected result on site. “This accreditation is considered the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories globally, so we are very proud of this achievement. It confirms that our facility produces internationally recognised results,” clarifies Rukato. The accreditation is recognised by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). According to Rukato, the accreditation further confirms the company’s decades-long commitment to quality products, manufactured to the highest standards, at every level. www.tal.co.za
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Clean and prime A good-quality product properly applied improves the lifespan and performance of the finished floor. It will also minimise wear-andtear on your overlay covering, while enhancing the tactile, thermal and acoustic comfort. The first step is to sweep and vacuum the underlayment, ensuring the substrate is thoroughly clean so that when you prime, the product soaks into the floor as opposed to a layer of dirt and dust. Then prime the surface with a mixture of cement-based primer and a bonding agent to strengthen and waterproof the surface while creating a mechanical and chemical bond for adhesives before covering it. Create a smooth and flat surface The key to a creating a long-lasting floor lies in this unseen layer, so use a high-quality smoothing compound or screed. Ensure the floor face is perfectly smooth and level. Create an underlayment – a strong but smooth layer of material between the sub floor and its covering – using a self-levelling screed or smoothing compound, which is a type of mortar comprising a combination of high-quality cement, sand, fillers, binders and polymers. A self-levelling screed material differs from concrete, correcting unevenness and forming a resilient smooth texture required before installation. There are numerous quality screed options available, but a self-levelling screed is a great solution in general, and especially if your base is slightly out of level or has rough, uneven patches. A good option is Pro Self-Levelling Screed WB270 which is also pumpable, rapidsetting and fast-drying, making it ideal for home renovations. Sealing and covering Finally, finish your floor with a covering such as carpet, laminate planks, vinyl, real wood or a more modern ceramic tile finish. Whether installing floors as a DIY project or making use of a professional contractor, always make sure the hidden underlayment layer is correctly installed to make the most of your floor covering. Your home will benefit with a more comfortable tactile experience and better insulation against sound and temperature, and your beautiful new floors will last longer. www.weber-tylon.co.za
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DANISH FLOORING GIANT LAUNCHES THREE NEW SUSTAINABLE RANGES Danish flooring producer, ege, is one of Europe’s leading companies when it comes to the design and production of high-quality carpets. Currently celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Herning-based company’s flooring has been installed in all corners of the world. KBAC Flooring is the sole distributor of ege flooring in South Africa. ege’s ultra-modern production technology is focussed on minimum environmental impact and, in line with this sustainable philosophy, the company has recently launched three new ranges to inspire designers of both commercial and residential developments: • ege’s ReForm Terra flooring is produced with the company’s patented Econyl yarns recovered from used fishing nets and other industrial waste, and features ege’s unique Ecotrust backing made from recycled plastic water bottles transformed into soft but strong felt material. Ecotrust backing adds acoustic advantages and improved comfort to any space while converting spectacular landscapes into abstract flooring surfaces with organic patterns. • The Atelier collection, created for ege by renowned French fashion designer Christian Lacroix, features 16 designs and three design themes: Textile, Mineral and Gravure, each inspired by the personal passions of Lacroix. Textile’s designs are created from Lacroix’s archive of ethnic and foreign fabrics applied in patterns of patchwork, velvet draping and paisley. An enthusiastic
stone collector, Lacroix brings the beauty of this natural element into his Mineral design with its striking mosaics of beach stones and quarry tiles. Gravure features fantasy engraving motifs inspired by the mountains of Lacroix’s Provence home, combined with 19th century fashion concepts. This “storytelling” collection strikingly conveys atmosphere and location to suit hotel or restaurant requirements. • With its new Highline Express collection, ege offers a wide range of premade designs ready to install in hotel rooms, offices, shops or homes. The affordable range – with the distinctive look of a custom-made carpet – features six design themes to inspire the selection of standard designs. ege has grouped the designs for easier navigation while selecting either Arts & Crafts, Classic, Cultures, Essentials, Graphic or Nature from the collection. www.kbacflooring.co.za
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Prepare to be Floored Johannesburg Tel: 011 608 4270 Email: infojhb@kbacﬂooring.co.za Cape Town Tel: 021 464 4320 Email: infocpt@kbacﬂooring.co.za
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POLYFLOR SA HELPS TAKE LANSERIA DEPARTURES LOUNGE FROM DRAB TO FAB Polyflor SA has helped transform the Domestic Departure Lounge of Lanseria International Airport into a modern-looking, yet warm and functional space that is in line with leading airports around the world. One of only two privately owned international airports in South Africa, Lanseria is located in the north of Johannesburg. This internationally accredited airport opened its doors for the first time in 1974 and has since then undergone numerous expansion and renovation projects. More than two million passengers passed through the airport in 2017, and this number is expected to grow to just over four million by 2022. Transforming the Domestic Departure Lounge According to Trevor Teegler, Deputy Executive Manager: Operations at Lanseria International Airport, the decision was taken to revamp the Domestic Departure
Lounge to enhance the comfort and experience of the airport’s growing number of passengers. “We originally had heavy-duty, commercial nylon carpet tiles installed in the lounge area. However, with the increase in foot traffic, these carpet tiles soon began to look old and worn. Even with our regular maintenance and cleaning efforts, the floors no longer matched the modern-looking, clean image we were introducing in the rest of the airport. It was time to literally rip up the old and bring in the new,” Teegler said. A floor that offers beauty, strength and easy maintenance for years to come Polyflor SA is a leading supplier of homogeneous, heterogeneous, safety, acoustic, rubber, woven vinyl and designer luxury vinyl tile products and has a well-earned reputation for the best highquality flooring suitable for commercial purposes.
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“When selecting a floor for a busy commercial area like an airport, there are a number of important aspects that need to be taken into consideration. Aesthetics aside, a floor must be able to withstand heavy foot traffic and abuse by suitcases and trolley wheels. It must be able to reduce or dampen noise levels and keep passengers on their feet by being slip-resistant. Because a flooring renovation can cause a lot of disruption to a busy airport, the floor selected must be highly durable and able to look good for at least 20 years, yet be easy to maintain and keep clean on a daily basis,” says Tandy Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Polyflor SA. Furthermore, because the terminal building is built around a steel structure, it was important to select a floor that would allow for a degree of flexibility and movement. Polyflor’s Expona Commercial Wood PUR LVT (950m2) in the vibrant wood effect Wild Teak (4102) ticked all the boxes. “We selected Polyflor to be our flooring partners in this renovation project because we were impressed with their product offering, expertise and track record of successful installations in similar
high-traffic areas, as well as their willingness to partner with us every step of the way,” Teeglar confirms. We have lift-off! Renovating the 950m2 space began in January 2018 and was completed in the following month. The installation team of Top Carpets Centurion was mindful of the fact that not being able to use the Departure Lounge would be a major inconvenience for the airport, and teams worked around the clock to ensure the job was completed on time. As part of their PolyCare service offering, Polyflor has undertaken to do a quarterly maintenance inspection, alongside management and the maintenance teams at Lanseria International Airport. “The client selected a floor and layout that is practical and bends space from a psychological perspective. The end result was a floor that is warm and welcoming, yet modern and upmarket. The feedback we have received from management and passengers alike is that they are extremely happy with the new look and performance of the floor,” Coleman concludes. www.polyflor.co.za
CONCEPT to COMPLETION
TILE AFRICA COMMERCIAL partners with our customers from concept to completion. Supplying products ranging from tiles and bathroom ware, to bespoke flooring and product solutions for projects such as the exclusive Fairlawns Hotel. Delivering a customized offering with multiple products to create individual themes per room, without losing the heritage and traditional appeal of this iconic property, our team of architectural specifiers provide an invaluable service thanks to a national footprint, centralised coordination for national projects and specialist advice. TILE AFRICA COMMERCIAL consults on residential estates and developments, franchises and chain stores, hospitality, swimming pools and commercial flooring projects. For a professional service and peace of mind, contact TILE AFRICA COMMERCIAL on 011 979 0327 or visit www.tileafrica.co.za. 018
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A.B.E. PRODUCTS FOR FLOOR REVAMP AT WATERFRONT RESTAURANT a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied three key products for the refurbishment of the floors of the popular Panama Jacks restaurant at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. For the new flooring, a.b.e. – part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group – supplied: • abecote primer • abeflo HPU • Dow Corning 813.
After this application, Jaymark trowel-applied a 4mm topping of abeflo HPU (high-build polyurethane) to provide a heavy-duty, hard-wearing floor finish. “abeflo HPU has exceptional chemical resistance, so it is the ideal product for areas such as restaurant kitchens and dining areas where hot fluid and other spillages cannot be Johnie Emmerich, technical avoided. Also important for sales consultant for a.b.e. in restaurant flooring is the fact the Western Cape, says after that the product provides a the company’s approved seamless, hygienic finish applicators, Jaymark, had without any crevices where mechanically ground the bacteria and dirt can collect. 350m2 existing concrete abeflo HPU surfaces are easy floors at Panama Jacks’ to clean and sterilise and have Cruise Ship Terminal high abrasion resistance,” operations, the surfaces were Emmerich explains. “The then covered with abecote product has been used primer, a solvent-free epoxy. throughout South Africa in “abecote is commonly used food processing factories, as part of a.b.e’s various chemical processing plants epoxy flooring applications, and pharmaceutical such as screeds, self-levelling production facilities. Some and coating systems. It is an of the projects include the economical, low-odour primer D. Lund Egg Farm in Limpopo, that is solvent-free and easy the Amamfengu Primary 13063_8254_Polyflor_Sustainability_Magazine Ad_v3.pdf 1 to apply,” Emmerich says. School in the Eastern Cape,
and Zandam Cheese factory in the Cape Winelands.” Other features of the four-component polyurethane self-smoothing topping include: • Availability in a wide range of matt colours • Thermal shock resistance • Impact resistance • Low odour during installation. The final product supplied by a.b.e. was the company’s Dow Corning 813 silicone sealant, used by Jaymark for the sealing and bonding of the floors’ expansion joints. 2018/06/01 09:37 “The 100% silicone rubber
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sealant adheres to both porous and non-porous substrates, including concrete, stone masonry, brick, aluminium, UPVC, wood glass and glazed surfaces. It is capable of +50% movement of the original joint width,” Emmerich adds. Jaymark, a.b.e’s selected applicator for the project, has expanded and diversified its services from being one of the leading waterproofing companies in the Cape Peninsula to the handling of projects calling for flooring, roofing, decorating, concrete repairs and restoration. www.abe.co.za
The PPC SURE RANGE has six specially-formulated cement products specific for your building needs. Whether it’s a bus stop leading to a child’s future, or the future of SA’s public transport, the PPC SURE RANGE has the right bag for the job.
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Van Dyck Floors is proud to introduce the Mozart Collection, a new 100% PFX Stainshield BCF Polypropylene tufted loop pile tile range with Enduroback KR4 (modified recycled bitumen) backing. Mozart is available in six contemporary designs and in three colourways. These new carpet tiles provide an upmarket, trendy look and feel that will remain classy and contemporary for many years to come. Van Dyck Floors pays a great deal of attention to the impact its processes and products have on the environment. For this reason, the Mozart Collection is manufactured at Van Dyck Floorsâ€™ ISO 9001- and 14001-accredited factory in Durban. In terms of technical specifications, all six design ranges are most suitable for various medium commercial environments. The bitumen used in these carpet tile ranges consists of over 40%
recycled material and because of their lasting durability, can be re-used for the secondary market at the end of their eventual lifespan. Furthermore, the bitumen backing contains no PVCs and is very low on VOC. As a member of the 174w Green Building Council1 SA, Van3:07:07 DyckPMalways Decorative concrete solutions HP advert x 130h 5bleed_new2.pdf 8/8/2018
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ensures that the products they provide meet the requirements for Green Star rating. Carpet tiles are enjoying increasing market share because they offer great versatility and practicality in almost any contract application. They are very easy to install as they are compact and manageable, and prevent the hassle of having to remove an entire floor when only a small section has worn out or is soiled â€“ making them easy and inexpensive to replace. There is also a vast range of colours and varieties available that make it possible to play around with more than just one colour and design on the floor. The Mozart Collection can be laid in various directions (monolithic, tessellated, ashlar or brick-bond) creating different patterned effects. In addition, these six new design ranges complement other Van Dyck Floors carpet tile ranges already on offer, ensuring that there is a tile suitable for every customised style or taste. The Mozart Collection comes standard in 50 x 50cm size, but 60 x 60cm, 100 x 100cm, 25 x 100cm tiles and other shapes and sizes can be manufactured on request. www.vandyckfloors.co.za
MOZ AR T COLLECTION
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Every great symphony starts with the perfect composition. Tie your interior masterpiece together with a range that combines fashion, comfort, ease of maintenance and affordability. Mozart is available in six contemporary designs and in three colourways. Toll Free: 0800 CARPET (0800227738) www.vandyckfloors.co.za
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RECYCLED YARN CARPETS Sustainable activities are often defined in terms of minimising their environmental impact. The challenge is to make this impact beneficial for current and future generations. From the onset, FloorworX recognised that to achieve its environmental impact goals, cooperation and commitment would be needed from key partners. With that in mind, FloorworX partnered with the high-end European consumer carpet company Desso as its South African agent. Desso’s trademarked Cradle to Cradle® philosophy means that its carpets are made with a 100% regenerated nylon called ECONYL® yarn, which is manufactured using post-consumer yarn waste from Desso’s Refinity plant. This development has been
accomplished in close collaboration with yarn supplier Aquafil. In addition to this, as part of its ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on health and wellbeing, Desso has joined Healthy Seas, an initiative to help clean up the seas, founded by ECNC Group, Aquafil and Star Sock. According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are approximately 640 000 tons of abandoned fishing nets in the oceans. The participation of Desso in the Healthy Seas initiative aims to contribute to recovering some of these abandoned fishing nets and turn them into beautiful yarn and
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Desso carpets, thanks to the ECONYL Regeneration System. Desso’s Cradle to Cradle philosophy recognises that we all have an impact on the world
we live in. For Desso, the use of positively defined material that is safe for human use is at the heart of everything they do. www.floorworx.co.za
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FLOORING FOR COMMERCIAL SPACES
NEW PATTERNED MOSAICS FROM ITALTILE Each tile of the new patterned mosaics from Italtile has been carefully selected for its geometric patterning. The patchwork tiles are made up of a set of randomly assigned tiles of 48 x 48mm that are grouped together to form the larger sheet of 300 x 300mm. The square tiles are made from recycled, crushed and powdered glass that is moulded and then baked at extremely high temperatures. The result is an extremely durable Enviro-Glass material. The digital prints are then selectively added to the tiles in three colour schemes: Beige, Blue and Grey. Beige is the more colourful of the three, combined with the bright blue and bold beige colours. Blue is less bold and has the feel of Delft Blue ceramics from the Netherlands. The Grey sheet has a more classical look with the expectant black-and-white feel. The Bronx Hexagonal mosaic also features the same patchwork perfection combined in rich tones of brown screed-look tiles. The sheet has an overall size of 259 x 298mm. These mosaics are perfect for any wall and are suitable for low to medium foot traffic areas such as the shower or bathroom floor. www.italtile.co.za
From boutique hotels to coffee shops and restaurants, great interior design can set the tone for a business – both for employees and visitors. “Selection of the flooring is often left to the last, but choosing the floor covering during the design phase and ensuring that it is fit for purpose goes a long way to creating a functional commercial space,” says Corporate Specifier Tristan Marsh from Tile Africa Commercial. With years of experience, strong technical understanding and an eye for décor and design, the Tile Africa team of architectural specifiers advise on solutions that can achieve the client’s desired aesthetic or functional requirement. Additionally, a professional specifier brings with them their trusted network of suppliers that allow for quicker sourcing of products at a competitive price. Marsh offers key tips when specifying a final floor covering:
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• DESIGN REQUIREMENTS With the advent of ink-jet technology in the manufacture of tiles, modern tiles come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and finishes, from realistic wood-look to colourful patchwork designs and the urban chic of cement-look. This gives designers and specifiers a wide range of options to create the perfect aesthetic for their customers, blending the beauty of wood, modern cement-look and classic stone-look textures with the practicality and strength of tiles. “We are able to assist with sourcing tiles locally, or importing specific tiles, cork-flooring options and other coverings (vinyl, laminates etc.), as well as non-flooringrelated requirements an architect may require for a project,” explains Marsh. • MAINTENANCE Wooden flooring, carpet and tiles can all be equally beautiful if installed properly, but when it comes to cost, some options are more practical than others. “Tiles offer great value in the long run for commercial areas, as they are extremely long-lasting, easy to clean and suitable for use in most areas, including high-traffic areas such as retail stores or office park walkways,” says Marsh. • PARTNERING WITH THE RIGHT SUPPLIER A Tile Africa Architectural Specifier will ensure that the proper planning is in place to offset any stock issues, so that the project stays on track. This can also include suggesting suitable alternatives if the original product selection exceeds the stipulated budget due to exchange rate fluctuations, or if it should be in short supply. As a further commitment to delivering a highquality end result, the Tile Africa Supply and Fit service ensures that everything is taken care of by one trusted supplier. This avoids problems in the supply chain with different suppliers blaming each other for delays or downtime on the project. “At Tile Africa Commercial, we are not only able to guide you in the direction of the perfect floor covering for your requirements, we are also able to design a bespoke offering tailored perfectly to your customer’s needs,” concludes Marsh. www.tileafrica.co.za
FROM THE INSIDE
Renowned for the manufacture of high quality clay stock bricks and semi-face clay bricks, Oconbrick has been used in significant volumes in a number of landmark South African projects. Sophisticated project planning and logistics coordination ensure that production capacity is always met, meaning that Oconbrick is able to continue the ancient art of brick-making in the supply of high quality masonry products.
Leading suppliers of: NFP - non-facing plaster and semi-face clay bricks; FBA – face brick aesthetic to construction and property development companies plus smaller builders.
086 11 OCON (0861 11 6266) • Tel: 016 428 7300
Oconbrick is a subsidiary of ISG, a leading supplier of innovative infrastructure products to the construction and mining markets in Southern Africa.
Build on the Best
PAVED SUCCESS With over 16 different applications of paving available, Technicrete is able to meet your requirements for any paving project, no matter how big or small. Concrete precast products are used throughout the world to provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional surface, and Technicrete is able to comfortably supply these affordable, locally manufactured solutions to South Africa. Suitable for:
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paving | mining | masonry | erosion protection retaining walls | drainage | kerbs | precast products www.technicrete.co.za
Technicrete is a subsidiary of ISG, a leading supplier of innovative infrastructure products to the construction and mining markets in Southern Africa.
Tel: 011 674 6900 Maxi call: 0861 266 267
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COROBRIK FACE BRICKS ADD TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION SECTOR WITH OPENING OF NEW SKY CITY SCHOOL IN WATERVALSPRUIT Corobrik continues to be a preferred choice in the construction of the affordable housing and schooling sector with the completion of the independent Royal Schools Sky City in Watervalspruit on the R59, Johannesburg – a sterling example of its quality face brick. The 8 500m2 school, which can accommodate 1 655 pupils from Grades RRR to Grade 12, is located within Sky City, a megadevelopment that provides affordable homes and schools to families living and working in the burgeoning Central Johannesburg, Alberton and Vereeniging areas. “Royal Schools Sky City is providing affordable, quality private education to local residents with plans to extend the school to Grade 12 by 2021,” explains Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director. “Corobrik is proud to form such an important part of this development, which is meeting the ever-growing infrastructure needs of the country.” Shangase says there is an ongoing need for schools in Gauteng, which had stimulated the private sector to assist in meeting this demand. The
establishment of schools such as Royal Schools Sky City is helping to fill the gap of muchneeded classroom space and quality education provision. “The matric pass rate in Gauteng has been improving overall and is a clear indication that the contribution of affordable, independent schools to the local communities is boosting education overall,” says Shangase. “By opting for Corobrik’s high-quality, low-maintenance face brick, developers are further investing in the education of youngsters as there is no need for future outlay on additional upkeep expenses. They are also ensuring that every child who enters the school building is getting an opportunity to be educated in an inspired structure they can be proud to call their own.” The successful development of an independent school requires the involvement of various stakeholders. For Royal Schools Sky City, this included funding from Schools and Education Investment Impact Fund of South Africa (SEIIFSA) and shareholder Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI); land development and construction by Cosmopolitan
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Projects (CP); design by Roos Architects; with Royal Schools operating the facility. For the construction, the school’s developers selected 328 000 Nebraska Travertine and 320 000 Montana Travertine face bricks from Corobrik’s range. Central Developments’ Construction Manager, Bertus Fouche, says this is a standard blend with the packages mixed onsite before construction. “Lighter and darker applications of the brick were used for aesthetic enhancement of this modern school,” explains Fouche. “To provide world-class education affordably, we had to be practical with the choice of bricks.” Fouche says that the zeromaintenance of Corobrik’s face bricks in this long-term investment was a major contributing factor. “These are cost-effective bricks with particular application in the affordable sector,” he continues. “We also have to factor in the quality customer service we receive from Corobrik, which means no waiting time on deliveries. This contributes additionally to the cost-saving
aspect of the project.” According to Christine Roos of Roos Architects, the colour of face bricks is usually chosen to provide an aesthetically pleasing yet neutral background. “In this budget-conscious project, two contrasting face brick colours were selected to colour the block walls,” explains Roos. “In combination with the grey roof colour, this forms the basis of the school’s permanent colour scheme. These colours work well with the minimal-plastered sections, which were painted in bold, cheerful colours.” Royal Schools Sky City consists of 58 classrooms, a hall with seating for 650 people, two fully-equipped multimedia centres including wi-fi, two further fully-equipped computer laboratories, as well as two science laboratories, an administration block, tuckshop and uniform shop. There are also a multitude of sports’ facilities, including a combination tennis and volleyball court, four netball courts, two soccer fields, cricket nets and an athletics track. www.corobrik.co.za
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NEW DAIKIN “4Z” MULTIFUNCTIONAL SERIES Solution-driven design The new Daikin Multifunctional series provides an advanced solution to the cooling and heating demand of contemporary buildings. Customer demand for higher levels of comfort has significantly increased across all sectors, especially in settings where cooling and heating requirements vary in different areas of the building. A Multifunctional unit (also known as “four-pipes”) provides a perfect solution to this requirement thanks to its five different operating modes: cooling only, heating only, cooling and heating perfectly balanced, cooling demand higher than heating and finally heating demand higher than cooling. Multifunctional units can be considered as an efficient alternative to traditional solutions where, for example, chillers are used to satisfy the cooling load and boilers are covering the heating load. If compared to a traditional heat pump system, Multifunctional units are also capable of providing both contemporary cooling and heating demand without any restriction. Not only do Multifunctional units allow significant installation cost savings (one single product satisfying cooling and heating demand), they are also a very efficient solution, thanks to their capability of energy recovery. In the case of contemporary cooling and heating demand, the unit works in heat recovery mode, avoiding the typical energy waste of traditional equipment. When working in total heat recovery mode (cooling and heating load balanced), the unit simply “transfers” the
heat from the cooling loop to the heating loop in the most efficient way. The system’s specific operating mode, combined with Daikin’s leading technology, allows the new Daikin “4Z” series to achieve the highest efficiency level in the market, which in total heat recovery mode (TER, Total Energy Ratio) achieves 8.7. Maximum efficiency, minimum disruption The new Multifunctional series offers a superior solution to the market due to its use of the latest version of Daikin’s design single-screw compressor. The compressor is fitted with Daikin’s design inverter that is cooled by liquid refrigerant. The inverter drive is integrated within the compressor casing, allowing a simplified unit design and reduced unit footprint. The refrigerant-cooled inverter allows for the unit to be installed even in the most extreme environments, such as high ambient or industrial sites where traditional aircooled inverters may not be the ideal solution. The inverter drive is modulating compressor capacity at part loads in the most efficient way. In this way,
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energy consumption at part loads is drastically reduced compared to fixed speed compressors. This is extremely important, considering that the unit will run at part loads for most of the time during the year. More than this, the Daikin compressor incorporates Variable Volume Ratio technology (VVR). This is a specifically designed slide valve that adjusts the geometry of the discharge port, so that the refrigerant discharge pressure can match with the condensing pressure. In this way, the typical energy losses of traditional compressors are avoided, thanks to the fact that the refrigerant is always compressed exactly at the required pressure level. VVR technology is the best possible solution for Multifunctional units that are required to operate during the year at various conditions of temperature, cooling and heating load demand. Adding value The Daikin “4Z” series offers the largest capacity on the market for a Multifunctional unit: up to 1.411 kW in cooling and up to 1.415 kW in heating at nominal conditions. Thanks
to the scope of the inverter to modulate compressors’ rotational frequency, the new units can satisfy any unforeseen cooling and/or heating peak loads thanks to the “boost” mode that allows for up to 15% extra cooling/ heating capacity. In this way, the unit can be selected without the need of oversizing it to match the peak load requirements that may be experienced just for a few days during the year. Daikin “4Z” is available in three different sound configurations that can satisfy various installation requirements; the super quiet version can go down to 66 dB(A) sound pressure level from one meter. Thanks to the capacity modulation with inverter, depending on unit model and rating conditions, sound levels can be further reduced by an additional 5/10 dB(A) at part loads. New “4Z” series is compatible with the latest Daikin control and monitoring platforms, for example, Daikin’s on-site cloud-based platform that allows several advanced functionalities, including remote monitoring, system optimisation and preventive maintenance. www.daikin.co.za
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Our new VRV IV heat recovery systems sets pioneering standards in all-round climate comfort efficiency. Total design simplicity, rapid installation, full flexibility with absolute efficiency and comfort. Find out about all revolutionary changes on www.daikin.co.za/vrv-iv or contact one of our branches for a dealer near you. Cape Town 021 528 3500 • Durban 031 263 2992 • Johannesburg 011 997 4400
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WORLD-CLASS CLIMATE CONTROL FOR A WORLD-CLASS PROPERTY Founded in Pretoria in 1994, Atterbury Property
the HVAC design was done, and the project put out to
in black, they perfectly match the black racks mounted
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Holdings has developed prime commercial, retail and residential property across South Africa, the rest of the African continent and, more recently, Europe. Over almost a quarter of a century, Atterbury has become renowned for its elegant architectural designs and high standards regarding construction. So, when it came to the building of its own head office at the Club 2 building in Menlyn, Pretoria, it was no surprise that very high criteria were set for the HVAC system.
below the ceilings that carry electrical and internet cabling, aircon piping, drain pipes, etc.” A total of six Samsung DVM-S heat recovery outdoor units were installed, along with some splits. 71 indoor units were utilised, mainly 360° cassettes, as well as mini cassettes and hideaway units.
tender. The brief was that the systems needed to be reliable, energy-efficient and stylish. Installers Ar Azul Projects won the contract, having specified Samsung’s DVM-S systems supplied by Fourways Airconditioning, Pretoria. Fourways Air then came aboard, working closely with Ar Azul Projects. “Because of the very high standards required by Atterbury,” remarks Fourways, “the original design underwent several revisions, which were worked on along with Ar Azul Projects and Axell. For most of the 2 000m2 of office space,
Fourways Pretoria the best in the market Says Ar Azul Projects: “Samsung was chosen on aesthetics and pricing as well as energy efficiency. And we’ve found Fourways Pretoria to be the best in the
closely with us to provide technical advice whenever necessary.” Completed in October 2017, the Club 2 aircon installation was put to the test during Pretoria’s hot summer. When quizzed if there had been any comebacks from the client, Ar Azul Projects’ technician remarks with a smile: “We had to set some ducted units at 24 degrees instead of 23, but that was about all.” Completed within a tight deadline, the Samsung DVM Club 2 HVAC project has proven to perfectly align
efficient and stylish With Atterbury’s own engineers working in conjunction with consulting engineers Axell,
which is also occupied by other tenants, Samsung’s attractive new 360° cassettes were specified. As they are available
market in terms of speed of delivery and stockholding. They deliver stock in batches precisely when needed,
with the high standards of excellence required by Atterbury Holdings. www.fourwaysaircon.co.za
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NEW Inverter Light
TheSamsung advantages of offers an inverter, 15 700 reasons why at an affordable price. superior draught-free airconditioning: the 4-Way Wind-Free cassette Samsung, a world leader in airconditioning technology, announces yet another revolutionary advance in climate control: Wind-FreeTM airconditioning. Our new 4-Way Cassette first cools a room ultra-quickly with Fast Cooling mode, thanks to the world’s first 8-pole Digital Inverter Compressor that dramatically reduces time for the compressor to reach maximum cooling speed. Then as soon as pre-set temperature has been reached, the Cassette automatically switches over to Wind-Free mode, gently dispersing cool air evenly and silently through 15 700 micro-holes. Samsung is thrilled to introduce the new Inverter Light. Result: no cold draughts plus energy-savings of up to 55% compared with Fast Cooling mode.
With a new and sleek design, bigger fan motor and increased air intake, the TM Samsung Inverter Light maximises energy efficiency Wind-Free - Aunit newperformance. meaning to comfort. with unrivalled
For more information on the Samsung Wind-Free units, please contact Fourways Airconditioning.
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NETCARE PINEHAVEN HOSPITAL: MAXIMISING SUSTAINABILITY BY ILANA KOEGELENBERG The three-storey Netcare Pinehaven Hospital in Krugersdorp has 100 registered beds. The hospital’s key specialities include gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics as part of its emphasis on the care and treatment of women, babies and children. It has a 15-bed maternity unit, a dedicated caesarean theatre, a five-bed neonatal ICU, and a 10-bed paediatric ward. A Netcare Stork’s Nest mother-and-baby wellness clinic complements the mother-and-baby services. Another area of focus is orthopaedics, with specialised services including shoulder, hip and knee surgery, as well as limb lengthening and shortening procedures; ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery; general surgery; and internal medicine on offer. Cuttingedge medical technology and equipment have been incorporated throughout the facility. There is an integrated 15-bed ICU and high-care unit, as well as two state-of-the art laminar flow theatres, which assist in the highest standards of infection control being maintained during surgery. Green principles have been applied in the building design, with highly advanced
technology and systems incorporated to ensure operational efficiency, and to minimise the facility’s environmental footprint and maximise its sustainability. After considering various solutions, a two-pipe Mitsubishi City Multi VRF system with heat recovery was selected for the hospital’s HVAC needs. There are 19 systems in total, comprising: • 27 x condensing units • 23 x BC boxes • 188 x indoor units • 11 x booster units (hot water heat exchangers) • 11 x LEV kits • 3 x central controllers. The team also considered a chilled water system, but the client opted for the VRF route because it could offer both heating and cooling at the same time. In addition, the twopipe VRF system also means less piping when compared to a three-pipe system. This system boasts a very low energy usage of around 35VA/m2. Due to the theatres’ constant 18°C temperature all year round, instead of wasting the heat energy, the VRF system selected can recover this heat and distribute the energy into the hot water
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heat exchangers, heating up the tanks for daily use. About two-thirds of the hospital’s hot water is heated free of charge thanks to this system. Heat recovery can take place at various levels, between multiple evaporators, between evaporators and heat exchangers, or between heat exchangers, depending on mode. The Mitsubishi PWFY units can heat water to 70°C and cool water to 10°C simultaneously. The system totals are 1 105.1kW (condensing capacity) and 1 436.7kW (evaporating capacity, including the hot water heat exchangers). The HVAC team decided on “heat accumulator tanks” rather than conventional boilers and/or geysers. The heat accumulator tanks were supplied by Langamanzi Technology. Due to the Pinehaven Hospital layout, decentralised plant rooms were adopted, resulting in most of the wards having their own dedicated plant rooms, complete with hot water tanks and associated VRF equipment. This ensures that the tanks are kept at a constant temperature and the theatres have the correct
amount of cooling and heating in demand. The system comes complete with its own Mitsubishi Electric air-conditioning management system (AMS) that can monitor the HVAC system — everything down to the temperature in the theatre, alarms, energy management and remote monitoring, to mention a few. The ward HVAC units are equipped with an economy cycle and movement sensors, so the units go into an unoccupied mode, whereby the system can increase its temperature by a few degrees, reducing the demand for cooling and/or heating. The theatre units encompass a combination of Eco Aire air-handling units (AHUs) and Mitsubishi Electric LEVs (electronic expansion valve kits), taking further advantage of the heat-recovery function offered by VRF systems. The technical team did a rational design rather than following the SANS 10400 Building Regulation with regard to the fresh air rate. They designed the system according to ASHRAE standards. www.msaircon.co.za
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NEW BOSCH VRF AT REXROTH/HYTEC HQ Ideal room climate at the touch of a button Thanks to variable refrigerant flow technology, the new Bosch VRF air-conditioning systems are convenient and save valuable energy at the same time. They adapt their performance to current demand and therefore also work with outstanding efficiency under partial load. The systems consist of outdoor units and several inside units and can be utilised for both cooling and heating. These new solutions from Bosch therefore play a decisive role in ensuring that people in all areas of large buildings enjoy a comfortable climate, independent of the seasons of the year. The future: made by Bosch Bosch enjoys a worldwide
reputation for highest-quality products and services. Global organisation and production standards guarantee uncontested approval and problem-free operation of your largescale systems from Bosch. Thanks to the enormous importance and long tradition of innovation, you benefit from the unique, pioneering spirit of Bosch engineering and technology. Advanced technology and the high quality of your new VRF system from Bosch thus ensure long-term fulfilment of its usersâ€™ expectations. The new Rexroth/ Hytec office in Benoni The Bosch Heat Recovery System was installed at the new Rexroth/Hytec office based in Benoni, and offers simultaneous heating and cooling. In the guardhouse,
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the Mini VRF Heat Pump System was installed. One of the many advantages to the Bosch VRF is the compatibility of the indoor units between the Heat Recovery and Heat Pump systems. All units come standard with DC inverter motors. The energy by-product from cooling to heating is transferred to where it is required by using the balanced heat exchanger function, which saves up to 50% in costs compared to a two-pipeÂ system.
The project comprises six systems, made up of 12 outdoor units ranging from 8hp - 14hp and 67 indoor units, which incorporated the Compact Cassette, 4-way Cassette and Slim Line Ducted units, each connected to individual hard-wired remotes. The Bosch Technical Team was on standby to offer assistance throughout the installation and commissioned all systems with no problems. www.bosch.co.za
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PLASCON TRIUMPHS OVER COMPLEX REFURBISHMENT AT SANTAM HEAD OFFICE In September 2017, Plascon Professionals, supported by their professional sales team (Llynith Davids and Rudi van Schalkwyk), were called in to assist on the tricky refurbishment of the Santam Head Office in Tyger Valley, north of Cape Town. The aim of the potentially problematic refurb was to give the exterior of the building a refreshing facelift, re-do certain interior flooring and give the tired roof a new bill of health. The team faced very particular challenges on the project as the exterior comprised dense Terrazzo-
type panels that needed to be revitalised, as well as various old steel substrates and screens that not only required refreshed coatings, they had to be robust and durable with a low VOC finish as the plan was to have the building Green Star rated – a process that is still underway. The Plascon team’s response to the challenge was three-fold and involved specification of both decorative and industrial products. Plascon Epiwash Strontium Chromate (AW255) was specified as the primer for the dense Terrazzotype wall panels, due to its
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resilient adhesion properties. These products had to be spray applied. Once this was completed, Plascon’s hardy Wall and All product was applied, which produced a lovely suede finish due to the slight texture on the Terrazzotype wall. For the internal steel staircase, Plascon High Performance Waterborne Primer (WHP) and Plascon Aquaduo Direct-to-Metal topcoat was specified, which provided the much-needed hardwearing low-VOC solution. Finally, the roof was tackled with Plascotuff 3000 (PEX 3005/PEH 3) and Plascothane
9000 Polyurethane (PRU/ PRH 9) for the exterior entrance canopy screen, posts and purlins. This solution also assisted in addressing the roof’s rust issue. Throughout this process, the Plascon Professional team worked closely with Bam Architects, Inhouse Interior Brand Architects and painting contractor Sanmar Decorators. The Plascon team assisted with training on site, technical advice (including timing, collaborations and methods) and regular site visits to offer support and guidance. plascon.com
The Plascon Professional range has a product for every stage of your project. Designed with eco-friendly formulas while ensuring total product performance, our complete coating system has been created with you, the professional, in mind. We take the guesswork out of which product to choose for your required finish. All your products are in one place, and our professional consultants are available to offer guidance and technical advice to make the selection process even simpler. All Plascon Professional products with the Ecokind logo have VOC levels within the GBCSA standards for Green building ratings.
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PUBLICIS GROUPE’S NEW EAST CITY PRECINCT HOME Publicis Groupe’s fourteen Cape-based agencies have chosen the East City Precinct as their new home. Commenting on the choice of location, Miles Murphy, Chief Operations Officer at Publicis Groupe Africa, says: “For many years, the East City Precinct has been regarded as a less desirable fringe of Cape Town’s CBD, but in recent months this has seen a massive shift with upgrades to offices, retail, restaurants and residential spaces. We are proud to be part of a movement that is breathing new life into this diverse area.”
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By some reports, the East City Precinct has been hailed as a ‘design and innovation district’ and is quickly growing into Cape Town’s newest trendy social hub. The new office at The Harrington was designed by Collaboration Concept Design Reality on an area totalling 4 110m2. To accomplish the transformation, the task of the interior architects was to convey spatial equality and to design a space that allowed for collaboration, opensource thinking and agile working spaces.
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Murphy explains that it is critical that the agencies keep their independence from one another and maintain their different cultures. “This result is an open environment that is modular and organic with the aesthetic of the space carrying the theme of ‘Open Thinking’.” The new office space includes: state-of-the-art photography, sound and editing suites, two coffee shops that employ hearingimpaired barista partners, I Love Coffee, a canteen, auditorium and boardroom facilities that are out of this world (quite literally themed around space and planets). “The working areas of our employees have been made into an open space format,” he adds. “There are no offices but rather numerous informal ‘destinations’ or communal areas throughout the agency with comfortable sofas, pods and interesting, quirky lighting to encourage collaboration among our people. Through these gathering places we drive movement in the agency.
“Importantly, each agency has its own distinct brand personality within the areas in which they operate, and each agency will maintain its culture and secure space,” Murphy adds. “We’re very positive about the opportunities our new migration brings, and as a communications company look forward to an environment that encourages collaborative ways of working.” www.collaboration.co.za
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THE POWER OF AN OPEN FLAME Since our ancestors discovered the ability to produce a flame, mankind has been drawn to the mesmerising effect of fire. Not just for warmth and cooking, but also for the therapeutic effect a dancing flame has on our sense of wellbeing. When considering their choice of a home-heating solution, many home owners will want to install a system that is powerful enough to economically heat large volumes and has an aesthetic appeal that adds to the ambience of their home. In effect, we want not only to feel the heat but also to see a flame. Today’s flue-less gas fires are capable of quickly heating large open-plan living areas with the flick of a switch. Designed to burn gas with minimal emissions, these units do not require a chimney to operate. With no heat wasted up a chimney, these units are
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100% efficient, giving full benefit of the energy value of the gas burnt in heating a home. Infiniti Fires Flame Dancer™ gas burners are at the forefront of this technology in South Africa with a locally designed and manufactured product range that offers industry-leading performance in terms of heat output/clean burning, coupled with a marvellous ambiance from the dancing flames. With a choice of built-in, wall-mounted or drop-in units, there is a unit in the extensive Infiniti Fires range that will complement the décor of any modern home. Gas is rated as being one of the cleanest burning fuels available today, with many homes, businesses, cars and even power stations worldwide transitioning to use this environmentally friendly fuel. As availability of both LP Gas and Natural Gas has increased in SA in the last decade, it has become a natural heating choice for the discerning home owner. www.infinitifires.co.za
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- choose aluminium for superior eﬃciency, innovative options and environmental sustainability. Aluminiumsustainability is the environmentally friendly and eﬃcient choice for buildings.
Take the world’s tallest building in Dubai, which has a 132 000m2 aluminium façade. From design and construction to operation, maintenance and renovation, creating responsible ecosystems that consume less is imperative.
TAYLOR BLINDS & SHUTTERS TO LAUNCH THE NEXT GENERATION IN SECURITY AND STYLE Taylor Blinds & Shutters recently launched its latest innovation: the ShutterGuard® 2.0 aluminium security shutter. This next-generation safety solution for both windows and doors builds on the security and style offered by the original ShutterGuard Aluminium Security Shutter, with improved ease of use, greater light reduction, superior safety and an enhanced aesthetic. Improved ease of use ShutterGuard 2.0 features a new, state-of-the-art lock, designed to make operation easier. Its predecessor had two separate knobs, which have been replaced by a single knob. Unlocking will still require a key. The lock has a new sleek, modern look with a single handle, contemporary backplate and new light-limiting extrusions. The new model has a ground-breaking louvre lock too. Previously, a removable pin was used to prevent the louvre from opening and closing. Now, a small slider button has been integrated into the design of the shutter and incorporated on the style to lock and unlock the louvre. Greater light reduction Reducing light ingress was a top priority in the new range. A new design was introduced on the two uprights on either side of the louvres to cover any gaps, and a lip was added to cover the lines between the panels.
The tilt rod at the back of the shutter has also been redesigned to prevent light from creeping in between the style and the louvre. Superior safety Taylor carried out stringent tests to determine where improvements could be made on the original ShutterGuard product. The lock, however, has retained the same safety features for which the original is renowned, with a bolt that protrudes 60mm into the floor to make it unliftable. Enhanced aesthetic ShutterGuard 2.0 can be installed inside or outside and will not rust or warp. When not in use, the shutter can be stowed away using the traditional bi-fold method or by sliding it against the wall. The new range will be available in five standard colours – white, light grey, stone, bronze and anthracite – all of which will have a matt finish. Clients can request custom colours (at a surcharge). Taylor will also be introducing a new textured paint finish on the product called Grain White. Taylor Blinds & Shutters’ Managing Director, Anthony Mederer, says: “The Taylor brand has always been synonymous with setting trends. With this new addition to our range, we have kept evolving in order to stay ahead.” www.taylorblinds.co.za
Hulamin rolls, extrudes and ﬁnishes aluminium for rooﬁng, sun control, guttering, fenestration and endless components. Think Hulamin for your next project. www.hulamin.com
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa incorporates aluminium, with a weight to ﬁve A380 aircraft, to achieve its incredible height. Hulamin rolls, extrudes, paints, powder-coats and ﬁnishes aluminium for rooﬁng, structural, sun control, guttering, cladding, fenestration and endless components – delivering superior lightness, strength and durability. For your next building - Think Hulamin
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INTRODUCING THE PURE COLLECTION: THE LIBRA KATE WOBURN BLACK BATH Transform your bathroom into a luxurious, indulgent escape with the exclusive Libra Kate Woburn Bath, now available in sleek black, adding a refreshingly bold and inspired touch of distinction to any home. Bespoke craftsmanship The chic Kate Woburn Black Bath is a work of art in its own right, offering discerning homeowners with an eye for design a handcrafted piece to add to their home design collection. Each bath is made to order in South Africa, and every inch evaluated against world-class standards before reaching its forever home. Long-lasting quality Made from durable, stain-resistant acrylic, the Kate Woburn Black Bath is designed to withstand everything from daily wear and tear to life’s little mishaps, maintaining it’s beautiful appearance over the years. The Kate Woburn is fade-resistant, which means it will retain its rich black colour for longer. Each Libra Kate Woburn Black Bath comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, giving homeowners peace of mind that their new, luxurious bath can be enjoyed for both its style and superior, long-lasting quality for many years to come.
Timeless aesthetic and design Not only is the Kate Woburn bath designed with quality in mind, it’s also a stylish addition to the modern home, fitting in seamlessly with everything from traditional to bold and eccentric home design. Easy cleaning The fact that the Kate Woburn
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is made from strong and highly resilient acrylic also makes it resistant to moisture damage, which consequently means that bacteria has no chance to settle into its surface. All you need is a damp cloth with soapy water for quick and painless cleaning, and Ultra Clean Polish works well for maintaining its glossy sheen. www.livecopper.co.za/katewoburn
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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHICH IS THE BEST MIRROR ADHESIVE OF THEM ALL?
Mirrors have been used by architects and interior designers to create effects for the home, office or any other establishment for almost two hundred years. They are used for brightening a room, enhancing a focal point, as decoration, or simply for practical uses in bathrooms, dance and wellness studios, and many other applications. Den Braven Mirrorfix-MS is a unique, high-strength, one-component adhesive specially formulated for adhering mirrors on surfaces such as ceramic tile, concrete, plaster, metals and painted surfaces. It will not affect the silvering of mirrors and may also be used for bonding decorative and acoustic tiles. Mirrorfix-MS cures under influence of humidity to form a durable elastic rubber. • Mirrorfix-MS is environmentally friendly – free from solvents, silicones and isocyanates • Conforms to SA Green Building Standards for architectural sealants • Based on hybrid technology • Neutral curing, almost odourless • In most cases, extra support is not required due to extremely high grip strength. www.denbraven.co.za Application tip Apply Mirrorfix-MS to clean and dry surfaces in evenly spaced vertical stripes of between 10cm to 20cm apart, to allow for moisture evaporation. It is recommended to always use the ‘V’ nozzle provided on the Mirrorfix-MS cartridge and a professional applicator for best results.
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SIKA INTRODUCES SIKAGARD-850 AG Sika has introduced an innovative product, SikaGard-850 AG (AntiGraffiti). This product is a permanent anti-graffiti and anti-fly-poster coating for the protection of concrete, wood, masonry and metal substrates. Providing a clear wet-look surface, the product also brightens and enhances the colour of the substrate. SikaGard-850 AG provides excellent performance against exterior elements such as rain, sun and temperature extremes. SikaGard-850 AG can be used for treating new and refurbished buildings, bridges and other structures to protect them from vandalism and
unauthorised artworks for a permanent solution. There is no need for product maintenance and refresher coats after cleaning, providing a fool-proof product application. Typical substrates: • Fair faced concrete, masonry • Mineral substrate previously treated with hydrophobic impregnation • Metallic surfaces • Wooden surfaces. The unique characteristics of SikaGard-850 AG provide a lasting solution for removing graffiti numerous times without damaging the protection layer on the surface of the substrate. The surface, once treated, offers 100%
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prevention of any posters being stuck on the treated surface. No chemical agent is required for the cleaning of graffiti – simply use cold high-pressure water (80 to 100 bars) or a standard hose coupled by rubbing down the surface with a suitable cloth or stiff brush.
SikaGard-850 AG is water permeable with low water absorption. Adapted to outdoor use, this product has very good weather and ageing resistance, as well as protection against UV with a high gloss retention, allowing for low dirt pick-up. www.sika.co.za
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AWARD-WINNING TECHNICAL INNOVATION IN STONE CLADDING AND VENEER NOW AVAILABLE IN SA Stone cladding lends a timeless, natural aesthetic to a built surface while being weatherproof and relatively maintenance free. The challenges and limitations of stone cladding boil down to the size, quality and weight of available materials, and the skill of the contractor required to achieve the desired finish. Richter Stone-Veneer, a newly available innovation in cladding, is set to change the cladding game completely. Now skilled contractors as well as DIY enthusiasts can create beautiful, even, stoneclad finishes composed of real stone with a fraction of the weight of traditional cladding, while requiring minimal skill and effort to apply. The Granite Company, based in Cape Town, have recently become suppliers of this German-engineered technical innovation, making it easily available for the first time in Southern Africa. The stone veneer is actual quarried stone with all its time-etched character and beauty, backed with a resin and glass fibre reinforcement. It’s light, flexible and has a uniform thickness that
can be easily installed by relatively unskilled hands. Imagine laying down flexible sheets of linoleum tiling cut with woodworking tools and you’ll have a good idea of the installation process. This unique, state-of-the-art cladding product is available in thicknesses from around 2mm and weights as little as 2kg per m2. It’s flexible nature also means it’s easily applied to curved surfaces, opening new design possibilities that were difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in the past. Being composed of real stone, it’s weatherproof and ready for outdoor or interior, and requires the same minimal upkeep as traditional stone cladding. The extremely light weight of the stone veneer means the usual structural considerations associated with traditional cladding can be completely done away with. For example, granites, slates and quartzites weigh at least 60kg per m2 for 20mm thicknesses (17m2 will give you one ton of material). An average weight for stone veneer is around 2kg per m2 with the Microstone variation weighing even less. Factor
this in to a building plan and suddenly walls and surfaces that could never conceivably handle the weight of stone now become canvasses. Another huge advantage of Richter Stone-Veneer is its available dimensions. Regular stone tiles are typically available in relatively small sizes and become unwieldy
to handle and install as they get bigger and heavier. Stone veneer comes standard as 1 220 x 610mm sheets with up to 2 800 x 1 250mm sheets available as well. This means massive areas of single-tiled surfaces now become easily achievable. The stone veneer is also simple to cut, making any required tile size a cinch. The tiling pattern is no longer dictated by the supplier’s available sizes but instead rests fully in the hands of the designer. Richter Stone-Veneer is also more environmentally friendly than traditional cladding. By using far less stone in the cladding process, quarries become able to supply for many times longer, thus reducing the environmental impact. www.graniteco.co.za
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ISCA LAUNCHES A NEW RANGE OF COLOURFUL TAPS Kitchen and bathroom fittings manufacturer ISCA has launched an exciting new range of colourful taps, giving homeowners the freedom to customise their existing ISCA Bordo Round kitchen and bathroom taps and mixers, adding a fresh pop of colour to their living space. ISCA creates collections based on the latest local and international trends. Excited by great design, ISCA aims to share beautifully crafted design with its customers, at prices they can afford. “We’ve listened to our customers and are excited to launch a range that allows them to customise their bathroom and kitchen spaces and add a splash of colour to their living space,” says John Westermeyer, Chief Marketing Officer, LIXIL Africa. “While many people see the purchase of taps as a long-term commitment, this new design concept from ISCA turns faucets into fashion items that can be as trendy and beautiful as a new set of bath towels. “This new and innovative concept is also affordable and easy to install. Homeowners will now have the freedom to play with colour in a way that has never been seen before,” he continues.
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The fun and funky range comes in a range of modern trendy colours, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue as well as matte black and classy matte gold. ISCA’s trim kits and mixers are also simple and easy to fit without the help of a plumber. For homeowners who are comfortable with DIY, ISCA has created a helpful step-by-step video with easy-tofollow installation instructions accessible on www.lixil.co.za/news/trimkits. ISCA has also launched its first full black tap and mixer range – Ebony. The range is ideal for homeowners with bold tastes, but who also love the minimal and classic look and enjoy pushing the bounds of home design. “At ISCA, we’re all about inspiring people to live life beautifully. Your home is an expression of your personal style, and creating the home of your dreams starts with colour,” says Westermeyer. “Both the new colour trim kits and Ebony collection are designed to help homeowners bring a timeless take on the latest trends into their homes.” The new ISCA collection is available from Plumb-It Centurion, in store or online. www.plumbitonline.co.za; www.lixil.com
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Lotex is our range of imported quality products to compliment your home or property investment. These products include garage doors, garage door motors, decking and generators.
NLA imports a wide range of high quality timber and timber products from around the globe. NLA have developed solid relationships with reputable and reliable timber suppliers. The timbers we import are most commonly used in the manufacture of wooden doors, wooden windows, wooden skirtings, furniture, ﬂooring, timber decking, pergolas, staircases and mouldings. In addition to our timber products, we stock and distribute a wide range of quality boards. From fancy plywood to MDF, our products can be used in furniture, shopﬁtting, doors, skirting, cofﬁns, joinery, wall panelling, interior decorating, construction, boat building and many more applications. NLA is an importer, stockist and distributor of Magnesium Oxide Boards. MGO Board is a ﬁre proof and a thermal insulation building material. It can be used for a number of applications including wall and ceiling linings, exterior cladding, fascias, tile backing and ﬂooring underlay. CONTACTS: Managing Director: Sean Laurens – +27 (82) 603-1777 or Sales Director: John Teixeira – +27 (82) 603-1774 Tel: +27 (11) 964 3900 or +27 (82) 414 8402 • Fax: +27 (11) 964-3905 • Email: email@example.com • www.nla.co.za
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Sim-ply chair collection by Haldane Martin PHOTOGRAPHY MICKEY HOYLE
esigner Haldane Martin has designed a new chair collection called Sim-ply, marking the launch of a new on-trend affordable hospitality and residential furniture range. Ideologically, the new range is the complementary opposite of Haldane Martin’s signature furniture range’s philosophy. Instead of striving to create ground-breaking revolutionary designs, these are about taking existing furniture typologies and manufacturing techniques and evolving them to create well-considered, balanced pieces that are beautiful, comfortable, well made, economical, eco-friendly, on trend, locally manufactured and available in customer-specific bespoke finish options. The name Sim-ply is derived from the simple curved plywood seats and backs. The chair collection is visually distinctive
for its simple rounded forms, cute proportions, friendly finishes and an unusually wide backrest that hugs the sitter. The collection is made up of a dining chair, a lounge chair, a kitchen stool and a bar stool in a variety of upholstered seat and backrest options. The seats and backs are made from moulded Ash veneered Birch plywood. The undercarriage and legs are made from solid Ash timber. The wood components are sprayed with Acid Catalysed Lacquer in satin matt clear, or a curated selection of solid colours. The chair is assembled with a combination of innovative joinery techniques and brass-plated hardware. Optional upholstered seat and backrest pads are made from a high-density polyurethane upholstery foam covered in a curated selection of leathers, felts, velvets and digitally
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printed fabric. Interior trade customers are welcome to supply their own fabrics and specify their own bespoke colour spray finishes, matched with Dulux colour codes. (Limited to a minimum of six chairs per colour.) The new line is being sold directly from Haldane Martin Iconic Furniture with a fourweek lead time. All prices, finishes options, CAD Models and drawings, sizes and packing information are available at haldanemartin.co.za/ furniture.
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