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Al Janoub Stadium, by Zaha Hadid Architects, the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, is complete.

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

Our imaginations were fuelled by nature – hues of ivory, dark green, apple, sage and subtle flushes of pink echoing the characteristic tones of the flowers found in the bush. Lesley Carstens, Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architecture + Interiors, Saseka Tented Camp [p30]


BLUEPRINT 16 MDA OFFICE The new office for legal fIrm MDA in Houghton, Johannesburg, designed by Activate Architecture, is a Net Zero Carbon early adopter.

20 THE OLD GRANARY The restoration of the Old Granary in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, by GAPP Architects and Urban Designers for the City of Cape Town, transformed the historic building into a museum, archives and offices for The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

24 BOOYSENS MAGISTRATE'S COURT Co-Arc International Architects and Consultium Architects and

36 SUSTAINABILITY Urban Designers have delivered a new magistrate’s court in Booysens as an example of a new generation of creatively designed governmental buildings.


30 SAFARI LODGE SPECIAL Saseka Tented Camp is the latest addition to The Thornybush Collection, designed by Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architects + Interiors.


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ED'S NOTE One of the aspects of architecture I love the most is the way in which buildings tell stories. They carry artistic, cultural and historical meaning in the same way any other art does. In this issue, projects such as the restoration of the 200-year-old Old Granary in Cape Town by GAPP Architects and Urban Designers, and Saseka Tented Camp in Limpopo, designed by Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architects + Interiors, stand out in the way they deal with the legacy of the past. GAPP’s “building-as-document” approach – exposing the old building’s chaotic layering of fabric, and thus preserving the historic record of its previous uses – is a much more rich and complex approach than attempting to return the building to some pure (spurious) idea of its original state. In a different way, a new build like Saseka’s engagement with the history of camping in Limpopo provides an important historical corrective, referencing the history of hardened mining prospectors, farmers and hunters setting up temporary camps rather than the romantic campaign-style safari many other camps draw on, but which is actually an East African legacy. This cultural and artistic aspect of architecture and design is a huge part of what makes architecture connect with people, and ultimately touch their hearts and minds. Graham EDITOR’S >



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naugurated on 16 May 2019 by hosting the Amir Cup Final of the Qatar Stars national football league, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), together with Aecom, began designing the stadium along with its new precinct for the city in March 2013. As one of the eight venues for the Qatar World Cup, Al Janoub Stadium will host group and quarter-final matches of the tournament and is located in Al Wakrah, a coastal city 23km south of Doha, connected to the capital via the Red Line of the new Doha Metro system. The client’s brief called for a 40 000-seat football stadium for the 2022 World Cup, which could be reduced to a 20 000-seat capacity in its legacy mode following the tournament. 20 000 seats is the optimum capacity for legacy

use as the home ground to Al Wakrah Sport Club professional football team of the Qatar Stars national league. These temporary seats have been designed to be demountable and transportable to a country in need of sporting infrastructure for post-tournament usage. Further temporary accommodation, such as concessions, are required for the additional capacity of FIFA World Cup tournament mode. This has been built as a temporary overlay outside the permanent footprint and enclosure of the stadium in its legacy mode. The stadium has an operable roof designed by Schlaich Bergermann Partner, and a cooling system powered by solar harvesting that ensures the stadium can be used during Qatar’s summer months. The operable roof has been designed in sympathy with the cladding,


using pleated fabric and cables. When it is deployed, the roof operates like a sail to cover the oculus above the field of play and create a sheltered environment for football during the summer. Passive design principles – along with computer modelling and wind tunnel tests – were used to maximise the effectiveness of the stadium enclosure to ensure player and spectator comfort. Given the stadium’s context within the coastal city of Al Wakrah, the client asked that its design reflect the maritime heritage of its location; in particular, the traditional boat of the region, the dhow. ZHA responded with a design that incorporates these cultural references in an abstracted manner and combines them with practical responses to the climate, context and the functional requirements of a

football stadium. The abstraction transforms the literal into something new and appropriate for a football stadium; allowing multiple interpretations of these cultural references both in terms of how they are applied and how they are read. The stadium’s roof design is an abstraction of the hulls of dhows turned upside-down and huddled together to provide shade and shelter. This is expressed in the stadium’s envelope geometry, details and selected materiality, including the roof’s beam structure that echoes the interior structure of a dhow’s hull. The façades of the stadium are slanted outwards, tapered in elevation and reminiscent of a dhow’s sail. The image of the dhow is further emphasised through the large overhang of the stadium’s eaves that incorporates strips of metal cladding, echoing the timber structures used in a dhow. The stadium’s opaque roof and wall areas are expressed as pleated cross sections. This feature, which has its origins in Arabic motifs and calligraphy, adds texture to the outer shell


and also emphasises the stadium’s unique geometry. The external cladding materials are deliberately selected from a limited palette of materials and choice of colours; namely white for the roof and wall cladding, and darker colours for the areas below the eaves, including the lower level glazed walls with its ornamental lattice screen print that provides shading. The colour scheme for the external building envelope dovetails with its geometric forms and reinforces the articulation of the outer skin. The roof cladding and opaque surface areas above the eaves are white or off-white in colour, with a gloss surface finish that is reminiscent of sea shells and emphasises the pleats, which

add texture to the building envelope. The embossed eaves and the lattice screen print of the glazed lower-level façades are metallic bronze in colour, adding a sense of richness and depth to the design. The choice of a bronze metallic finish of these worked surfaces pays homage to the traditions and artistry of Islamic craftsmanship. The stadium sits on a large landscaped podium that takes visitors from grade to the entry level main concourse located at the middle of the seating bowl’s tiers. This podium connects the stadium into the adjacent landscape and reduces its scale. Large parabolic voids within the podium signify different activity zones. On the eastern

side, voids allow for the majority of spectators to arrive and depart from the stadium. The north-eastern void will include a community market, while the south-eastern void hosts an activity park. To the west, the parabolic void within the podium allows for vehicle access and drop-off at grade for the players, officials and dignitaries. Designed in conjunction with a new precinct so that it sits at the heart of an urban extension of the city – creating community-based activities in and around the stadium on non-event days – Al Janoub Stadium will be a memorable venue and destination during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and afterwards, at the centre of its Al Wakrah community.

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B LU E P R I N T The addition of a new steel structure hovering over the old single-storey portion of the project provides an eye-catching new image for the building while creating a large open-plan space (without adding loads to the structure below).

Carbon Neutral Office New MDA Office in Houghton, Johannesburg, designed by Activate Architecture, is a Net Zero Carbon early adopter. PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED

Legal firm MDA’s new home in Houghton, Johannesburg, involved the renovation of a 100-year-old house, transforming it into a space that would provide its users a workplace that both enhances their productivity and reduces natural resource depletion.




he new office for MDA Attorneys is one of the first buildings in the country to receive a Net Zero Carbon pilot certification. Designed by Activate Architecture, with Solid Green Consulting as sustainability consultants, MDA’s new home in Houghton, Johannesburg, is intended to give its users a workplace that both enhances their productivity and reduces natural resource depletion. As a growing practice of construction and technology law specialists, offering a full range of legal services for large-scale construction projects with associated skills training, MDA needed to expand its physical footprint and acquired a prominent site on the corner of West and Riviera in Houghton. The existing building was an old home-office conversion that had been unceremoniously gutted and altered over the years. Green principles were a key consideration from the outset, and the opportunity to pursue the Net Zero Carbon certification, together with additional resource-efficient features, became apparent as the design process unfolded. Vaughan Hattingh, director at MDA, played an active role in the project’s design and construction, and commended the professional team. “The philosophy and design of MDA’s new office centres around a respect for the natural environment and a clear understanding of our business needs. The project has surpassed our expectations both in terms of its execution and Net Zero certification, and firmly positions us as a thought leader in our sector, in terms of sustainability.”

Activate’s approach was to re-orientate the building to allow a view and frontage over the M1 highway, and to add a floor to the building to bring the gross floor area up to 912m2. “The new addition is a steel structure hovering over the old single-storey portion of the project,” explains Michael Magner, director at Activate. “This design allowed us to create a large open-plan space without adding loads to the structure below, while providing an eye-catching new image for the building. It also enabled a fairly time- and cost-efficient construction process.” Vivien Yun, project architect, adds, “The office boasts various spaces to work privately and collaboratively, and to interact socially. The intention was to enhance the essence of the 100-year-old house while adding a new, modern intervention to reflect MDA as a forward-thinking organisation.” Chilufya Lombe, director at Solid Green, explains that, when designing a building for Net Zero, it is crucially important that passive design and energy efficiency features are incorporated before renewable energy systems are even considered. He says, “Due to this design approach, the MDA building is three times more efficient than a standard office building in South Africa. The City of Johannesburg is a signatory to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration and, as such, is aiming for all new buildings to be Net Zero by 2030. The MDA building has demonstrated that, with foresight and commitment, it is indeed possible to achieve Net Zero.” Continued next page



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Energy efficiency and generation were the underlying principles that will result in the building producing more energy than the base building consumes. “The office areas are designed to be naturally lit for a significant portion of the year, thereby reducing reliance on electrical lighting, and high-performance double glazing has been used for all curtain walls,” Lombe says. “The passive design principles for this building were optimised so that, even though the building has an air-conditioning system, it only has to be used on really hot days. Staff can make use of openable windows for fresh air and comfort. “Efficient LED lighting is provided throughout most of the building, and the lighting system also features occupancy lighting controls to minimise consumption. And, thanks to the client’s vision, an extensive photovoltaic (PV) system was installed on the roof above the new floor, completely offsetting the building’s electrical needs.” To further reduce dependency on natural resources, the building was fitted with a rainwater harvesting system that will be used to offset potable water use in the tenancy. Water-efficient sanitary fittings were installed throughout the building, and the site is xeriscaped to reduce the need for irrigation. From an operational perspective, submetering and monitoring systems for water and energy facilitate ongoing management of the use of these resources; while a waste recycling storage area was provided to encourage the recycling of resources used within the building in order to reduce waste to landfill. In order to encourage users to adopt alternative means of transportation, the building contains cyclist facilities for both occupants and visitors. Chosen for its central location, the site is within 600m walking distance of bus and taxi services and close to several local amenities such as gyms, restaurants and shops. MDA Attorneys’ new office demonstrates commitment to a more resource-efficient way of being, which will ultimately enhance the workplace experience of the building’s occupants and stand the business’ bottom line in good stead during the operational portion of the building’s lifecycle. PROFESSIONAL TEAM OWNER, QUANTITY SURVEYOR AND PROJECT MANAGER: MDA Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd SUSTAINABLE DESIGN REVIEW: Solid Green Consulting SUSTAINABLE BUILDING CONSULTANT: Solid Green Consulting ARCHITECT: Activate Architecture ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Izazi Consulting Engineers STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: Struxit Projects MAIN CONTRACTOR: Radon Projects

Above: The philosophy and design of MDA’s new office centres on a respect for the natural environment and a clear understanding of the firm's business needs. The site was xeriscaped to reduce the need for irrigation. Left: The office areas invite in natural light, reducing reliance on electrical lighting, and high-performance double glazing has been used for all curtain walls.



Tradition of change The restoration of the Old Granary in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, by GAPP Architects and Urban Designers for the City of Cape Town, transformed the historic building into a museum, archives and offices for The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. PHOTOGRAPHY MARKUS JORDAAN



The Old Granary building in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, dating back to 1813, has been restored and upgraded for its new tenants, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation (D&LTLF).


he Old Granary in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, dates back to 1813 and is considered one of the city’s most historically significant architectural landmarks. Nevertheless, before the City of Cape Town’s decision to restore it, the building had been vacant for 20 years and was in a dilapidated state. In 2016, work began to restore and upgrade the heritage building specifically for its new tenants, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation (D&LTLF), an organisation dedicated to continuing the legacy of its founders. Over its long history of more than 200 years, the Old Granary has served many functions. As well as its original purpose as the town granary, the building has also been used as a women’s prison, a magistrate’s court, a customs house and the offices of the Public Works Department. The city’s plan was to convert the structure into office space for the D&LTLF, which would include a peace centre, an archive centre and a museum.  An important part of the significance of the building complex is the fact that it probably is one of the only (if not the only) remaining examples of an “unrestored” architectural complex with changes spanning over 200 years. GAPP Architects and Urban Designers followed a “building-as-document” approach in their restoration of the building. Rather than sacrifice the idiosyncratic insertions and the chaotic layering of fabric that they uncovered in the name of restoration, they chose instead to preserve the historic record of the building’s previous uses. This attitude was driven by one of the universal guiding principles for the restoration of old buildings, which is to do as little as possible to the building but as much as is required. The exceptions to this rule were the introduction of a new lift and external walkway in order to comply with disabled access and fire regulations. These interventions have visually been expressed as contemporary in order to clearly separate its appearance from the original fabric. It was a deliberate design strategy to always express new interventions in contemporary black material, either glass or steel, in order to distinguish it from the original and to emphasise the contrast between the old and the new.

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Above: GAPP Architects and Urban Designers followed a “building-asdocument” approach in their restoration, revealing the chaotic layering of fabric that they uncovered and preserving the historic record of the building’s previous uses. Right: The original design concept of two internal courtyards with a ‘figure of eight’ circulation route along the perimeter proved to be successful in integrating the later buildings with the historic core.

Restoration work to specific artefacts of recognised architectural and aesthetic merit was carried out according to the degree of “alertness” and reconstruction work on the older historic part of the building. Very few interventions were made in the historical core of the building, other than painting and restoration. The architects took a strict preservationist approach to the exterior façade of the historic core and Longmarket Street wing, most notably on the decorative pediment and flanking parapet sculptures. But in other areas, they decided to demonstrate the complex architectural layering by keeping later additions over ‘original’ features. For example, the matchboard ceiling and skylight (probably late 19th/early 20th century) in the first floor of the south-east wing of the building were not removed in favour of the early 19th century yellowwood ceiling it probably conceals. Some of the less significant buildings and more intrusive later additions within the complex were demolished. All substantial interventions are limited to the internal courtyards and spaces, but nevertheless respect the historical character, scale and visual cohesion of the building, without being literal copies. Larger-scale internal remodelling and limited demolition of less significant buildings within the complex were done in order to meet the functional requirements of the tenant. The relatively modest accommodation requirements provided an opportunity to remove some of the more intrusive later additions and still stay within the existing envelope of the building. A “loose fit” approach to tenant fit-out was followed, which, in turn, permitted a design approach that made it easy to meet the heritage design indicators. The original design concept of two internal courtyards with a “figure of eight” circulation route along the perimeter proved to be successful in integrating the later buildings with the historic core. Through the use of consistent design language and meticulous detailing of transparent architectural



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Through the use of consistent design language and meticulous detailing of transparent architectural elements as neutral expressions of the functional requirements, the previously fragmented elements were blended into one cohesive building complex.

elements as neutral expressions of the functional requirements, the previously fragmented elements were blended into one cohesive building complex. The addition of a newly contemporary layer of fabric reflects the new use of the building, specifically in reference to the important role the D&LTLF played in the transition of South Africa. The D&LTLF’s ongoing contribution to the historical narrative of the building becomes both a catalyst for the historical preservation of the building, and for its continued legacy – adding another layer to the building’s ongoing narrative in the architectural and social history of the city.

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Court appeal The Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Oakdene, Johannesburg, jointly designed by Co-Arc International Architects and Consultium Architects and Urban Designers, represents a new generation of creatively designed government buildings. PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED

The courtrooms themselves are treated with acoustic panels to ensure a soundproof interior, while natural materials such as timber introduce warmth and texture.



he new R242-million court at Oakdene in the south of Johannesburg, which was officially opened on 28 March 2019 by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is an example of a new generation of creatively designed governmental buildings that are welcoming to the public, with large open spaces and user-friendly public furniture. The new court was commissioned to make it more convenient for local communities to access justice services. Until now, communities were serviced by the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court in the Johannesburg Central Business District. The new court offers a range of services to reduce the load on existing courts and is equipped with a sexual offences court to support victims of genderbased violence and femicide. Co-Arc International Architects were appointed, in a joint venture with Consultium Architects, to design the court, which was also

to serve as a standard for other new courts to be built in future. The combination of a sloping site and its location on the corner of Rifle Range Road, a major arterial road, and Amanda Avenue, presented a number of challenges to the brief in terms of the general foundational requirements for courts, which include complex security requirements and interface between the court’s various users and their functions. The prominence of the site makes for a dramatic statement. The building slots into the sloping site with a central movement system that essentially connects to the ground levels and “climbs up the hill” via generous stairs and ramps reflecting the natural landscape. A central triple-volume atrium flooded with natural light helps to provide clearly legible orientation prompts to the public, while organising the functional elements of the

PROJ EC T #3 BOOYSE NS MAG ISTR ATE’S COU RT The architects created some interesting sculptural filigree by adapting the building's security needs for aesthetic purposes, softening the potentially imposing civic edifice with various screening devices.

Top: In the central concourse, stairs and ramps reflect the natural slope of the site, while clerestory windows let in abundant natural light. Above: The landscaping by John Drummond Landscape Architects is carefully integrated into the architecture, enhancing public and private areas alike.

building efficiently and safely. It was also imperative that these public areas have a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, reducing stress and anxiety and helping the government fulfil its aim to serve the public in a positive, productive manner. The courtrooms are located on the upper ground level, while the lower levels include an extremely complex interface between functions, including holding cells, police-controlled areas and various other security processes. The entrance, which is at the lowest point in the building, separates staff, magistrates and accused, with high security requirements and separate movement systems for all three. There are also requirements for accused and the public and lawyers to interface. Each courtroom requires separate entrances, too. The courts themselves are on the upper ground floor, along

with facilities for ancillary offices, various services and atriums. The courts are designed to separate victims and the accused – particularly in the case of child offences – and includes CCTV cameras so that child victims are not further traumatised either by the intimidating experience of testifying to a court or through exposure to the perpetrators of offences. The first floor includes spaces for public prosecutors, court administrators, a library and various other functions. The palette of robust structural and finishing materials, which includes coloured concrete walling, masonry and lightweight infill panels, and a sounddampened steel roof is contrasted with glazed shopfronts, and clerestory windows above the main concourse, which let in natural light for a sense of calm and wellbeing. The architects also took advantage of the security needs of the building to create

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>> B LU EPRINT The façade of the new Christian Revival Church in Fourways emphasises one of its most impressive features - the spiral ramp that connects all three levels of the building - to give the building a landmark quality.

The new Christian Revival Church on Witkoppen Road in Fourways, designed by DBM Architects, took inspiration from stadium design to accommodate its large congregation.


he new Christian Revival Church (CRC) in Fourways has been designed to accommodate services of up to 6 000 people. The church required a new, bigger flagship premises, which could also provide the model for future churches throughout the country. The design team, led by DBM Architects’ Wynand du Plessis, found themselves working on a scale reminiscent of a stadium, but at the same time had to create a building with a welcoming, homely atmosphere. First and foremost, CRC required a world-class auditorium able to accommodate its large community including a children’s church and youth centre, plus facilities for recording and broadcasting sermons. The building also needed to include an administrative wing.


In addition to the open-air parking, an 8 000m2 parking facility was required to accommodate more than 1 100 cars on a restricted site. The site for the building is on a prominent corner along the main artery of Witkoppen Road, visible from all directions of travel. Its public face was designed to have a landmark quality, while being clearly legible and transparent to the public. The architects’ solution was to isolate and celebrate certain elements of the building. The triple-volume glass façade is open, transparent and welcoming. It allows southern light to flood into the entrance atrium and main public space while it offers visually arresting views from the inside. One of the building’s most visually (and structurally)


impressive features is the spiral ramp that connects all four levels of the building, including the basement parking, and provides safe and comfortable vertical access for all users, including those in wheelchairs.

Above: The triple-volume entrance atrium creates an impressive arrival and gathering area at the entrance of the building. The roof structure is made up of curved triangular ‘Toblerone’ main support structures with varying spans.

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The spiral staircase, one of the features designed with Fortem Consulting Engineers, is suspended from the roof with a slab and beam system.



Fortem Consulting engineers, led by Hans Koorn, was responsible for the design and execution of this and a number of other key features of the building. The spiral staircase is suspended from the roof with a clever slab and beam system. The triple-volume entrance atrium, which is a gathering and circulation space with lounges and a coffee shop, is bookended at the one end with a concrete staircase that also includes one of Fortem’s impressive feats of engineering: a support ring that solved the architects’ aesthetic requirements and provides a unique feature that introduces a fun element on the side where the children’s church is located. It replaces the reinforced concrete columns that initially

extended from the first landing to the second landing. The auditorium itself is home to a 14-metre cantilevered balcony. This precast structure supports the top level without a single column obscuring views of the stage. The auditorium roof structure looks simple at first glance, until one realises that it is made up of curved triangular “Toblerone” main support structures with varying spans. Seven Toblerone trusses span an opening of 68 metres and are made from circular tubular sections of varying diameters and wall thicknesses to match the varying spans. While the building was being constructed, the architects were so impressed with the quality of the concrete casting that they cut

Left: On the staircase towards the children’s church, various aesthetic and structural challenges were solved with a unique support ring that introduces a fun feature to the architectural language of the church design. Below: The top level of the 6 000-seater auditorium is dramatically cantilevered, extending 14 metres without a single column.


PRO J EC T # 4 CH RISTIAN REVIVAL CH U RCH The triple-volume glass façade presents an impressive but transparent and inviting impression, in keeping with the character of the CRC.

back on ceiling and bulkheads to celebrate the concrete, which was left unfinished. That, together with the steel of the roof structure and the glass, gave the building its modern industrial aesthetic. Details in timber and rock introduce warmth and texture in an otherwise minimalist and uncluttered space. The new CRC premises is not only a venue for services and the church headquarters, but supports the CRC’s broader vision by catalysing various community upliftment projects. Already, a soccer field for the community has

been created. There are also further secondary facilities being built to enhance community upliftment and create opportunities for community members while many temporary and permanent job opportunities were created.

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A distinct curve in the Monwana River, which sweeps through Thornybush Nature Reserve, was the catalyst for the site of the main area of Saseka Tented Camp, designed by Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architects + Interiors.

New luxury S tented camp Saseka Tented Camp is the latest addition to The Thornybush Collection, designed by Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architects + Interiors.

aseka Tented Camp is situated alongside the Monwana River, which sweeps through Thornybush Nature Reserve. Thornybush forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park Conservation Area, now that the fences bordering the Timbavati Reserve and Thornybush have been dropped. A distinct curve in the river was a natural catalyst for the site of the main area. The elevated tented suites give guests a full view of the riverbed and are surrounded by some very large and beautiful trees. The sandy riverbed presents guests with game viewing opportunities from the comfort of their private decks. “Saseka” is the Tsonga word for beautiful. Continued next page


SASE K A , TH O RNYBUSH CO LLEC TI O N  Much of the furniture is made from round tubular steel frames in reference to the area's history of prospectors, farmers and hunters setting up temporary camps.

Below: The elevated tented suites give guests a full view of the riverbed and are surrounded by some very large and beautiful trees. Left: Conically shaped lampshades reminiscent of treepod blossoms open up more intimate spaces and reinforce the concept of private spaces within the public area.




From top: The surrounding vegetation is typical riverine bush, featuring excellent examples of classic river trees like jackalberry, apple leaf and leadwood, from which the colour palette is drawn. The reconditioned apple-green enamel baths sit in a steel cradle and the vanity is a take on the traditional washstand and basin.


Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architecture + Interiors, who have been designing bush lodges for over 32 years, wanted to create an archetypal tent for each of the ten 200m2 tented suites. These tented suites are spaced around two common areas, the smaller common area acting as a camp-within-a-camp, designed for exclusive small groups and families. “Thornybush Nature Reserve is situated in an area of South Africa where the earliest gold rush happened,” says Carstens. “Prospectors came out to make their fortunes and set up mining towns like Pilgrims Rest and Barberton, and then set out further to start taming the wild bushveld. The romantic campaign-style safari is an East African legacy, and not South African. Here we had hardened prospectors, famers and hunters setting up temporary camps for hunting, farming and in recent times, game viewing. It is a story of a farmer or a local going camping.” The tents at Saseka have been reimagined with a gentle nod to nostalgia, but with the emphasis very much on 21st century design. The colour palette is drawn from the natural surroundings. “We looked at the indigenous landscape, the flora and fauna. The camp is adjacent to a natural watercourse, the surrounding vegetation is typical riverine bush, featuring excellent examples of classic river trees like jackalberry, apple leaf and leadwood. Our imaginations were fuelled by nature – hues of ivory, dark green, apple, sage and subtle flushes of pink echoing the characteristic tones of the flowers found in the bush,” says Carstens. “The stitching patterns are an abstraction of the original wallpapers. The furniture is made from round tubular steel frames. The reconditioned apple-green enamel baths sit in a steel cradle and the vanity is a take on the traditional washstand and basin, but now custom-made from hi-tech CIAN. The wardrobes are clad in traditional rattan, and the beds have a heavy padded leather wrap over them. The woollen carpets are custom woven in the Midlands from South African mohair.”

The recycled, environmentally friendly flooring of both the tented suites and the public spaces are of a soft off-white colour. This allows all the signature furniture pieces and design elements to make a statement while linking it directly to the white sand of the riverbed. The public space is a celebration of nature. Silvio Rech explains, “We took a sculptural approach that allowed us to create different spaces within the main area. The use of light was key and we created our extraordinary ceiling that filters light into the space – imitating the natural dappled light of a tree canopy. We christened it the ‘ceiling for all seasons’, which is totally apt.” Additional illumination comes from the distinct chandelier, which is constructed from metal, wood and rattan. This reflects the overall design philosophy of mixing the old with the new and repurposing elements, where appropriate. Conically shaped lampshades

reminiscent of tree-pod blossoms open up more intimate spaces and reinforce the concept of private spaces within the public area. This allows guests to enjoy private meals and breakaway time. With the public space sectioned using different levels and terraces, a feeling of extraordinary volume has been created. The connection to the riverbed is emphasised by the water feature forged from natural rock and the calming flow of water accents the natural surroundings.

Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architecture + Interiors created an extraordinary ceiling that filters light into the space – imitating the natural dappled light of a tree canopy. The architects also designed a distinctive chandelier, constructed from metal, wood and rattan, which reflects the overall design philosophy of mixing the old with the new.

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1 CREATE A SPACIOUS GOODS RECEIVING AND STORAGE AREA Bush lodge kitchens must be supported by large receiving, ambient storage and cold/ freezer storage areas near or adjacent to the main kitchen. Cold rooms and freezer rooms should also be specified. Separate dry goods and beverage storage should also be provided – each with shelving and lockup areas.

2 MAXIMISE CAPACITY FOR PREPARATION ON SITE Allowing enough space for preparation is crucial. Prep areas could be subdivided for butchery production, vegetable

processing and sous-vide cooking. Locating prep areas adjacent to storage areas and the main kitchen will allow food to flow easily and efficiently across the kitchen. For food safety, enclose prep areas in “drop temp” to ensure cold chain protocols. The food prep space should have space for vacuum sealing and sous-vide cooking, so processed food can flow easily back to storage or to the main kitchen.

3 SPLIT YOUR MAIN KITCHEN INTO ZONES Place stoves, ovens, fryers, planchas, grills and bratt pans in a hot zone, while cold cooking and pastry appliances should be placed in a cold

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zone. The main kitchen flow should be designed to channel inbound foods from the prep area towards the service pass at the front via the hot zone and cold zone. Provide adequate plating and landing areas, as well as refrigerated mise-en-place storage adjacent to both the hot zone and cold zone, respectively.


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Preparing hampers for game drives requires a dedicated space. An in-andout design adjacent to the kitchen provides storage, assembly and packing zones for outbound bush breakfast hampers, and unpacking and cleaning zones for inbound

kitchens with either opencoal cooking grills or closed charcoal ovens such as the Josper for natural chargrilled aromas without affecting kitchen operations and timing.

hampers. Additionally, incorporate thermally insulated containers to safely store and transport foods to the bush breakfast site.


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Climate control vs. cost This obviously poses a problem: guests demand the luxury of a cool environment but not at the expense of intrusive airconditioner noise. Yet another consideration for the operators of game lodges is the high cost of electricity. Many are far from the national grid and dependent on generators and PV power. But with multiple separate dwelling units, each with their own independent airconditioning unit, the cost of providing electricity is substantial. Here’s how these problems were resolved by one exclusive safari lodge: Singita Lebombo Lodge. 54° in Summer! Faced with the dual problems of high temperatures – up to 54° in Summer – and high electricity usage, Singita Lebombo Lodge enlisted the services of Fourways Airconditioning.

60% power saving However, not only was the noise problem eliminated by the installation of Samsung DVM S units, but another major benefit soon also made itself felt. Singita had originally appointed an electrical engineer to set up their power grid, specifying the size of generators and PV solar banks. When he came back to check the power utilisation of the complete installation, he could hardly believe his eyes: the Samsung DVM units were actually saving 60% of the power previously allocated to airconditioning! Nationwide sales and expertise Singita is only one of literally thousands of airconditioning installations that have benefited from the expertise of Fourways Airconditioning. Since its establishment in 1999, Fourways now has 9 branches nationwide serving installers, developers, consulting engineers, contractors and architects.

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EVALUTION FLOORING ACHIEVES ANOTHER GREEN FIRST FOR SOUTH AFRICA Evalution Flooring has embarked on the first phase of a sustainability project that will be the first of its kind in South Africa and will enable zero waste in the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring arena. As part of its quest to curb its carbon footprint, the GreenTag Certified vinyl flooring supplier has teamed up with Recycle 4 Africa Waste Management (R4AWM) to recycle LVT offcuts and uplifts by transforming them into eco-bricks, pavers and potentially other re-usable products in the future. Evalution Flooring founder, Eva Kaiser, says, “Up until now there had not been a way to recycle the vinyl due to the many layers that make up the product. The first brick has been made completely out of recycled waste, including plastic that can’t currently be recycled and would have landed up in landfill. Unlike other eco-bricks, no sand or cement has been added. The brick has been tested and was found to have no leaching and no emissions. It also has a compressive strength of

15 MPa – higher than the average 5.2 MPa of concrete bricks. Plus, it is fire and rodent resistant. The product will soon be tested officially by the National Home Builders Registration Council to obtain certification for use in the building industry. “There’s plenty of LVT all around South Africa and we are currently working on how to logistically get all this material to a central point without adding to the carbon footprint. We are also exploring how to finance this massive project. While we might not be able to supply the market with eco-blocks just yet, the most important thing is that there is now a solution for directing LVT away from landfill.” Director of Waste Management at R4AWM, Debbie Sharp, adds, “Long term, it would be ideal for companies to combine their feedstock, and for R4AWM to provide them with containerised waste management units that house all the necessary equipment to process LVT waste and enable them to manufacture

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the eco-bricks on site. By providing companies with this technology, we hope to minimise all facets of waste, and divert it from landfill sites.” “It is through such thinking that the industry is inspired to be innovative about how it uses waste differently and gainfully,” says Grahame Cruickshanks, Managing Executive: Market Engagement at Green Building Council South Africa. Kaiser shares that Evalution Flooring is working hard towards the sustainability of its LVT flooring over its entire life cycle. “We have the first – and currently the only – GreenTag Certified LVT flooring products in South Africa in both our Amtico and mFlor ranges. Our Amtico Spacia and Amtico Spacia Acoustic flooring products have achieved a Level B rating, while the Amtico First, mFlor 25-05 and mFlor 20-03 LVTs have achieved Level C status. What this means is that Level B Certification will achieve 85% of the points required by the Green Building

Council for a Green Star Rating for internal finishes, while Level C Certification will achieve 75%. GreenTag Certification is important as the process involves the entire supply chain, from the ingredients to the final product, including all sustainable practices throughout the production process.” “Over the past eleven years, Green Building Council South Africa has been on a sustainability journey to advance the transformation of the South African built environment and construction sectors, and it is encouraging to mark this Green Star Rating for internal finishes with Evalution Flooring,” adds Cruickshanks. “This is a breakthrough! We are so excited to be introducing this new way of recycling LVTs. Although the project is in its infancy and much still needs to be done, we are confident it can be achieved,” concludes Kaiser.;




With the increasing cost of electricity, as well as the load shedding experienced in recent years, an energy-efficient home is one of the primary desires of South African homeowners. Not only does a well-insulated home

still air in your roof space to reach extreme temperatures. This heat is transferred via conduction through the ceiling, making your living space uncomfortable. Thermguard will prevent the heat flowing

save you money year-round, it also keeps you comfortable and healthy – improving your lifestyle. Thermguard insulation is installed in buildings to improve the comfort levels of the occupants, conserve energy and ultimately slow the burning of fossil fuels, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thermguard prevents the transfer of heat (or cold) from the outside/inside through the ceiling by up to 92%. On average, we expect the difference between an un-insulated home and one insulated with Thermguard to be in the region of 4-6°C. In summer, sun beats down on your roof causing the

downwards by up to 90%. During the winter months, Thermguard will keep your home naturally warm by retaining the heat generated during the day inside your living space. Electric or gas heaters, or a fireplace, will be unnecessary in most instances, but when used will not need to stay on for as long. You will simply need to generate heat until you are comfortable, then switch off the heat source and let Thermguard retain the heat in your home. When fitted at 135mm, the reduction of heat flow in winter is an amazing 92%.


• 80-85% recycled content – more than any other form of insulation • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through diverting waste newspaper from landfills • Low energy manufacturing process – no heat or water is used during manufacture • SABS approved and ISO 9001 certified • Lowest embodied energy of all types of insulation available in South Africa.

ADVANTAGES EXPERIENCED BY THE HOMEOWNER DIRECTLY • Improved comfort through a passive method of temperature control • 100% cover – leaving no gaps for air and sound to travel through • Excellent thermal performance – superior to all rolled insulation in realworld tests • Superior sound insulation properties – higher density

means greater sound absorption Additional reflective foils are unnecessary to meet the required R-values Non-toxic and non-irritant, and can be handled safely by hand Insect and rodent repellent – a passive form of pest control Fire retardant to SANS 428 – does not support flame spread Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the energy demand of the home Financial and energy savings – more money in your pocket and less load on Eskom No secondary market – no risk of the insulation being removed to be used in blankets or clothing Lifetime guarantee – will last the life of the building under normal conditions.

ADVANTAGES OF CELLULOSE FIBRE AT THE END OF ITS LIFECYCLE • 100% biodegradable and will not negatively affect ecosystems or wildlife.

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SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE CEILING INSULATION The use of insulation in buildings has been a legislated requirement in South Africa since 2011. All buildings constructed six months after the standard was published should have the required level of insulation. This legislation has led to an increase in demand for insulation products, which has had a positive effect on the industry in that a number of new products were introduced and new uses were found for existing products. Products available in the market include fibre glass (Glasswool), polyester, expanded polystyrene and foam insulation. This article is aimed at assisting the specifier in the choice of the correct insulation products as informed by the legislated performance requirements, specifically in relation to fire and thermal performance. Among other fire classifications, insulation products should be categorised as either noncombustible (Class A) or combustible (Class B). Claims like “non-flammable”, “combustible at 750°C” and “does not melt” are not valid and may be misleading. These terms or claims are not used in any SANS standards to describe local building materials or to inform their selection thereof.

One can also look at SANS 428 classification: If the classification starts with an A, it is a non-combustible product; if its starts with a B, it is a combustible product. Noncombustible products can be used in any building, with no limitation of use. Combustible products are not supposed to be used in buildings such as hospitals, hotels, halls, prisons, dormitories and residential institutional buildings such as old age homes because they present a greater fire risk to the users and the building. Thermal performance claims are important because they form the basis of fulfilling the intention of the energy performance requirements contained in the National Building Regulations. Some of the key factors that influence the selection of thermal insulation are thickness of insulation, type of insulation, density of insulation and climatic zone. This means that not all insulation materials are equal. For example, 135mm thick polyester insulation has a lower performance when compared to 135mm thick fibre glass/glasswool insulation – density and thermal conductivity dependent, of course. As a result, one should always consider the type and thickness of insulation against the respective climatic zone. This also means that insulation cannot be

SANS 10400-XA Deemed to satisfy roof insulation requirements for pitched roofs


classified as “meeting SANS 10400-X requirements” without further clarifications. This statement is common in the industry. Customers should refer to the following table for guidance on thickness, type and density requirement in different climatic zones when selecting the most common flexible/loose-fill ceiling insulation products. Be on the lookout for thermal performance claims that are not clear. For example, “from … to …” (range) thermal performance claims on one product thickness. The questions specifiers should ask are: What is the performance that the customer will be receiving? Am I selecting the lower value or the higher value? The tendency at the point of sale in these

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Density (kg/m2)

Thermal conductivity (w/mK)

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Type of insulation

Deemed to satisfy thickness (mm)

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situations has been to focus on the higher value, which might mean that the customer gets shortchanged in the event the insulation performance is of the lower value. We suggest that customers should exercise caution when purchasing products that do not give a specific thermal performance value. The national building regulation SANS 10400-XA, if implemented correctly and responsibly, will ensure that buildings use less energy when compared to similar buildings not constructed in accordance with the energy regulations. There is also an additional benefit in that insulated buildings are more comfortable to live in. However, as a customer you should consider the type of insulation used, the insulation thermal performance, the fire safety and the climatic zone when choosing the most appropriate insulation for your building. For further clarification, feel free to contact Saint-Gobain Advocacy and Standards Watch Technical Specialist, Farayi Muhamba, on 012 657 2800 or farayi.muhamba@





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Bellini strives to create perfect harmony between function and beauty by incorporating simple design with the latest technology that embodies clean lines, balanced proportions and elegance. Bellini offers a range of sleek and modern wall hung toilets as well as the water saving Luigi Floor Standing toilet which only uses 3 litres for a half flush and 4.5 litres for a full flush. Bellini’s design-centric approach means every detail of their sanitary ware is carefully considered. This is evident with the thin slow close seats and hidden fixations of their toilets, as well as quick release hinges for easy cleaning.

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BELLINI SANITARYWARE A bathroom should epitomise comfort, tranquillity, vivid individuality and, for the most part, it should reflect a luxurious sanctuary. Bellini strives to create perfect harmony between function and beauty by incorporating simple designs with the latest technology that embodies clean lines, balanced proportions and elegance. With a wide selection of highly efficient low-flush

water-saving toilets – which only use three to six litres of water per flush, as opposed to conventional toilets that use nine to 12 litres of water per flush – Bellini Sanitaryware understands that saving water need not come at the expense of style or comfort. The range of Bellini Sanitaryware is sleek and modern – perfect for any residential or commercial bathroom.


flush water-saving toilet that uses only three litres for a half flush and 4.5 litres for a full flush. The Luigi offers a high-quality thin, slow close seat with quick-release stainless steel hinges for easy cleaning.

The Luigi floor-standing close couple toilet creates an aesthetically pleasing look with its back-to-wall design. The Luigi is a rimless, dual-

ALBA RIMLESS & VORTEX FLUSH WALL-HUNG TOILET The Alba rimless wall-hung toilet has an easy-to-clean rimless design and innovative features, such as the unique Vortex Flushing System that projects powerful jets of water from opposite ends of the bowl, creating a circular motion that eliminates germs and grime build-up. Additional features include soft-close seat and a hidden fixation system, giving the toilet both safety features and style.

The Caprice rimless wallhung toilet boasts a design that adds elegance to every bathroom. Included in the modern appearance, the Caprice offers an easy-toclean rimless pan, a threeand six-litre flush, hidden fixations and a high-quality thin, slowclose seat with quick-release stainless steel hinges.

DANTÉ RIMLESS WALL-HUNG TOILET The Danté wall-hung toilet is a compact toilet that offers a rimless design. This rimless design prevents the build-up of germs and dirt in hard-to-reach areas, which makes it easier to clean. The high-quality thin, slow-close seat with quickrelease hinges adds convenience for the user. The attention to detail continues with the hidden wall fixation system, as well as the three- and six-litre flush.

PASSO RIMLESS & VORTEX FLUSH WALL-HUNG TOILET The Passo is a rimless wall-hung toilet with a three- and six-litre flush. Included in the design of this toilet is a Vortex Flushing System. This enables an innovative and powerful flush: water flows in the form of a horizontal arc, and then vertically, before flushing the entire inner surface of the bowl without splashing. The Passo offers a high-quality thin, slow close seat with quickrelease stainless steel hinges.



GROHE, MASTERS OF TECHNOLOGY, ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE OF LUXURY LIVING GROHE is honoured to showcase The Yacht Club, a successful partnership and collaboration with Amdec Property Development, Vortex Pipe Works, De Leeuw Quantity Surveyors and Source Interior Architects. GROHE, in collaboration with these partners, specified The Yacht Club and AC Hotel by Marriott with top-of-the-range GROHE lines. In the hotel suites, Lineare, one of GROHE’s popular hybrid ranges was specified, including a combination of round and square features. With the strong focus and requirement for water saving in South Africa, specifically in the Western Cape, all taps and mixers include water-saving aerators limited to 5.7l/m. GROHE Tempesta showers are fitted with 9l/m restrictors and GROHE concealed cisterns reduce water usage and overall maintenance costs by utilising pneumatic technology. These products minimise consumption and maximise enjoyment. In the apartments, the stylish and elegant Eurosmart Cosmopolitan range was specified throughout, delivering on a super-modern cosmopolitan look with emphasis on style, comfort and convenience. The Yacht Club is a mixed-use development in the Foreshore area of Cape Town, near the entrance to the V&A Waterfront. The Yacht Club apartments offer a vibrant New Urban lifestyle. It overlooks Cape Town Harbour and the new Cruise Liner Terminal to the north, and the city and Table Mountain to the south. The development comprises two towers of modern apartments, along with Africa’s first AC Hotel by Marriott, set on a podium of Premium Grade office space, which has recently been released to the market.

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GROHE EUROSMART – THE NUMBER-ONE CHOICE IN HIGH-QUALITY FAUCETS With more than 30 million faucets installed to date, Eurosmart continues to impress users around the world with its reliability and functionality. This makes Eurosmart the best-selling line of GROHE faucets worldwide. Eurosmart combines high quality with an attractive design and innovative technology. Whether it is in residential bathrooms and kitchens or in public and commercial settings, Eurosmart is the smart choice for all who expect the very best value for money. Launched almost 20 years ago, the Eurosmart line has benefited from a steady string of improvements ever since. Today it offers the greatest user comfort, the best technical functions and the most stylish look since its launch in 1999. At the heart of Eurosmart’s enduring functionality is GROHE SilkMove technology, whose unique smoothness of operation allows for accurate water control at all times.

There is also a Eurosmart model featuring GROHE SilkMove ES, which helps save energy and carbon emissions by releasing only cold water instead of mixed water when the faucet is activated with the lever in its default centre position. In addition, water consumption can be capped at

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and tub faucets come in wallmounted and behind-the-wall versions. The kitchen line-up includes single-lever mixers of various heights, as well as wall-mounted models. Add to this the brand-new singlelever model with extractable dual-action spray, which uses GROHE EasyDock for easy retraction and docking. The Eurosmart range is completed by a bidet faucet plus a variety of touchless faucets for public bathrooms, as well as for residential guest bathrooms. With its clean and sleek aesthetics, its high build quality and finish, as well as its extensive variety of models, Eurosmart remains one of the most popular choices when it comes to specifying faucets for a wide variety of projects. Favoured by many international architects and interior designers, Eurosmart can be found in countless residential complexes, hotels and public buildings around the world.

SPIDBOLT STAINLESS STEEL SHOWER FITTINGS OFFER BEAUTY AND FUNCTIONALITY Spidbolt’s high quality stainless steel products – newly available in South Africa – cover a wide range of shower fittings, internal glass fittings and structural fittings. Spidbolt architectural hardware allows for maximum creative flexibility while presenting a unique and innovative design, unparalleled quality, strength and superior performance. Spidbolt has its state-of-theart manufacturing plant and


a full warehouse facility in central India, with extensive stock content, which facilitates prompt delivery to all centres in India and abroad. All hardware is formed from the highest quality 304- and 316-grade stainless steel. All castings undergo rigorous tensile, impact, hardness, salt spray and radiography tests – ensuring superior appearance, quality, performance – and are TUV certified.

What a Viu

Welcome to the bathroom of tomorrow. The idea: Soft, organic inner forms meet geometric, precise outer contours. A fusion of different materials – ceramics, wood, metal, glass. The purpose: Perfection from every angle, technology for maximum comfort. The result: Viu. Design by sieger design, realised by Duravit. What a Viu! Visit Duravit South Africa (Pty) Ltd, 30 Archimedes Road, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg, Telephone +27 (0) 11 555 1220, and for more details.



KOHLER PRESENTS NEW DESIGNS AT DESIGN JOBURG 2019 Leading bathroom and kitchen manufacture Kohler released brand-new additions to its product line-up, in addition to showing a range of much-loved recent releases – all boasting intuitive design and cuttingedge technology – at Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View in May. First and foremost, the new Verdera smart mirror is an intelligent offering with lighting and Amazon Alexa built in. Bathroom prep has never been so effortless, as

favourite music and it can adjust the amount of light emitted, all on voice command. It can also communicate with other KOHLER Konnect products, such as the DTV+ shower, enabling you to start running your shower to pre-set preferences without touching anything. Verdera will be released in retail markets in the coming months. The DTV+ shower is the brand’s most advanced digital showering system yet – featuring an integrated

this ground-breaking mirror can provide you with the time, a weather update, your

touchscreen that allows users to customise their shower temperature, length and


experience. With the DTV+, manual control is a thing of the past. The Ceric bath, with its clean-lined minimalism and gentle curvature, will be making an appearance too. Cast in one solid piece from Lithocast®, a gloss cast resin, the bath is lightweight and cleans with ease. Streamlined and sleek, the new Eir toilet is another revolutionary new release from KOHLER and will undoubtedly impress visitors. This intelligent toilet boasts automatic opening, flushing and closing, night light mode, seat warming, bowl sanitising and variable bidet options that use purified water. With its asymmetric, organic form and etched detailing in honed marble, the new Kensho Trough Vessel is a Japanese- and Italian-inspired basin, featuring sashiko kimono motifs. This basin will

be featured alongside the Kensho Round Vessel (also a new release), which boasts the same artistic features but in pared-back rounded form. Both of these basins will be paired with KOHLER’s Components taps, which offer consumers the freedom of individuality with different designs that can be combined to suit individual tastes. The new brushed bronze Composed mixer was also featured on the stand, speaking to devotees of minimalism with its extra tall tower faucet and stripped back form.



QUALITY TAPS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROJECTS Commercial bathroom and kitchen installations require a tap that can withstand a high-use environment, saves water for the client and is still attractive. As one of the newer entrants into the market, the EVOX range of


taps offers a stylish quality product that is an ideal choice for both residential and commercial projects. EVOX taps are designed to be durable across a range of conditions affecting valve life, including debris and mineral



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build-up. This robust range of taps is SABS approved, conform to ISO 9001 and 14001 manufacturing procedures and offer a 12-year warranty. Manufactured from chrome-plated, corrosion-resistant dezinctified brass, these taps are designed to last longer. With a striking design that works even at low water pressures, EVOX taps all include built-in aerators for maximum water-saving. The aerators are also easy to remove for quick cleaning and maintenance. Offering a range of eight leading designs – inspired by

waterfalls from around the world – EVOX taps are available in styles for basins and showers, bath and sink mixers, as well as pillar taps in selected ranges. The array of options include classically inspired designs as well as more modern options, making it a very versatile range of products.

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LOW-E GLASS VERSUS DOUBLE-GLAZED WINDOWS Interior spaces need fresh air, light and the ability to maximise attractive outdoor views – elements that are made possible with windows. But did you know that the wrong windows can lead to an energy deficit of up to 30%, says Elouise Steyn, in-house architect at leading window manufacturer, Swartland. “Today, it is vital to choose energy-efficient windows – not only because it will make the interior spaces more comfortable, but it will also save lots of money in utility bills, and of course, with the SANS 10400 National Building Regulations, it is also a legal requirement to meet certain energy-saving criteria.” She says that when it comes to energy-saving windows, the choice usually lies between windows with Low-E glazing or double-glazed windows. So, which is the better choice? WHAT IS LOW-E GLAZING? Low-E glazing is a treated glass that is designed to control the passage of heat. The “E” stands for emissivity, which refers to the fact that Low-E glass has an ultra-thin coating that ensures less heat passes through the pane of glass. This coating allows light to pass through, but it blocks UV light, which usually generates heat. The result is that you require less artificial cooling and heating to keep the room at the desired temperature. Low-E glazing is less expensive than double-glazing, and it can fit any standard window. However, the cons include the fact that it requires special cleaning instructions, it can scratch easily, it creates a haze-like effect when the sun shines through the coating, and it doesn’t have a big effect on SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) values. WHAT IS A DOUBLE-GLAZED WINDOW? Double-glazed windows are an energy-efficient sealed glass unit that comprises two sheets of glass separated by a spacer bar, and usually filled with an inert gas called Argon. This provides insulation that keeps the

cool air inside and the warm air outside, or vice versa. Double-glazing is the ultimate choice in energy-efficient windows – it makes interiors more comfortable by reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, it provides extra safety (especially if using safety glass), and it helps to keeps noise out, which is especially useful if located near a busy street or establishment. Some of the cons of choosing double-glazing include the fact that if the seal fails, the unit fogs up between the two panes. Also, bigger window sections are not always practical as they would be too heavy. However, possibly the main drawback of double-glazed windows is that they are perceived as being expensively positioned at the top-end of the price spectrum. This is no longer a problem, however, as Swartland’s new double-glazed windows are comparatively very affordable, says Steyn. “Swartland’s aim is to bring double-glazed windows to the market at a very affordable price point – around 40% to 50% less than what has been available in the past. This would make double-glazing approximately the same price as Low-E glass, but it will offer far better performance and longevity in the long run.” THE VERDICT Overall, double-glazing seems to be the best choice of energy-efficient fenestration, concludes Steyn, “You can keep cosy in winter by trapping the heat from the sun within the building, and in the summer, the cool air will remain inside to regulate the temperature.”



THE FUTURE IN THATCH When people think thatch, they think Cape Dutch. They think Zulu hut. They think traditional. Even though the JNA THATCHERS team have vast experience with all of the above, they are passionate about the options thatch brings for the future: New. Modern. Innovative.

Customisable water, made perfect every time. Get unlimited, instant, pure, boiling hot and ice cold water at the touch of a button with the BIBO bar. The BIBO bar remembers your cup size and preferred temperature of water to conveniently offer you endless and great tasting purified water, just the way you like it. Not just easy on the eye, but easy on the environment too the BIBO bar is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Ideal for the home and office. Purchase or rental options available. Visit to learn more or call 0800 00 2426.

WHAT DOES THATCH BRING TO THE PARTY? The design concept of a thatched roof asks for a pitch of 45 degrees. Not only does this pitch give the wonderful balance and ambiance typical of a thatched roof, but it grants you the opportunity to utilise space that otherwise would not have been possible: loft apartments, offices, studios, recreational rooms or just the beauty of an exposed structure. Thatch is an incredibly energy-efficient material to work with, as well as a natural insulator – leading to warm winters and cool summers. Due to the flexibility of this material, the design possibilities with regards to interesting lines and angles are endless: vertical thatching on walls or combining thatch with modern designs implementing glass and steel are all trends growing worldwide.


WHAT’S NEW? Not being able to ignore the challenges of the thatching industry when it comes to concerns such as maintenance and the dangers of fire, the JNA team constantly strives to improve existing systems and techniques. Recently, the JNA THATCHERS Automated Drencher System was upgraded to a full cell phone interphase system, allowing the owner to check water pressure, possible dangers and activate the drencher from anywhere in the world. Prevention truly is better than cure. Inspired by the European’s technique, JNA THATCHERS started offering clients the Closed Construction method, which entails a fire-retardant, dust-proof board in between the layers of thatch. Owners can thus enjoy all the perks of a thatched roof, but

without the challenges of dust penetration, waterproofing or possible sound issues. Future maintenance can be done without invading the inside of the building and the fire protection of the roof is increased tremendously. This truly is the future of thatch! The two existing offices, in Cape Town and George, will be joined by a satellite office as of the 1st of July in the Eastern Cape to ensure that all the JNA THATCHERS clients receive the attention and support they need. Whether it is working on an old heritage building, extending a lodge or working on an exciting new project, the combination of experience, knowledge and vision makes JNA THATCHERS a frontrunner in the South African thatching industry.




Buildings are responsible for a substantial portion of the total CO2 emissions, which calls for radical change in our thinking and behaviour – not only when designing and building but also in the manufacturing of products for the construction industry. In this article, you will learn about Reynaers Aluminium’s positioning with regards to sustainability. Contents of the book Cradle to Cradle (William McDonough & Michael Braungart) and movies such as An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore) makes us realise the urgency and importance of changed thinking and behaviour towards sustainable practices. The question remains: What is genuine sustainability? To Reynaers Aluminium it has long since been clear that sustainability is not a cut and dried concept and must definitely not be approached in such a manner.

It is a well-known fact that aluminium ranks high when it comes to sustainability as it has a 100% recycling ability. Therefore, Reynaers is constantly investigating innovative ways to enhance this feature, as well as involving its stakeholders to assure that existing aluminium products are recycled into new usable aluminium products. KEY DEVELOPMENT THEME Energy efficiency is key at Reynaers and a continuous focus: • The development of high insulated windows, sliding doors and curtain wall concepts, thus minimising the energy loss of a space or building • Slim profiles allow for maximum light, giving a certain space/building a bright and natural ambience • To balance the aforementioned feature,


Reynaers offers façade and sunscreen systems to regulate sun and heat entering a space/building – Brise Soleil • Integrating with the Brise Soleil systems are our solar system solutions with various application possibilities – BS100/30, CW 60 Solar & RB 10 Solar.

increase in the coming years, for both new projects and refurbishment of existing projects. In conjunction with these partnerships, Reynaers’ continuous innovation of products, ongoing research and focus on knowledge sharing will allow us a greener and more sustainable future in our ever-growing industry.

The key drivers, as mentioned above, are ideal to assist in regulating and balancing our South African climate that penetrates our spaces/buildings, especially in summer, thus assisting in achieving more sustainable spaces/buildings. Reynaers Aluminium proudly holds a partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and a membership with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The demand for sustainable building systems will only

THE ISTANBUL MERTER In this upcoming project with an area of 5 800m2, designed by GAD Architecture, curtain wall solution CW 86 was implemented for optimal performance. Sustainable design strategies, such as natural ventilation, maximum use of daylight and use of solar shading, granted this project the Green Good Design award. Among other curtain wall solutions, Reynaers also offers bespoke solutions for challenging projects and special designs.


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

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

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

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

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

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BY KEAGAN VAN ROOYEN PHOTOGRAPHY JOHANN LOURENS PHOTOGRAPHY KUBE architecture was approached by Mouton Citrus to develop a new citrus-packing facility. The architects had previously developed an affinity for the area after working on the alterations and additions to the existing Mouton packing facility, just outside Citrusdal, +/-200km from Cape Town. When the opportunity arose to develop a new green fields project, they were able to draw on their experience and knowledge of local conditions. Construction on the second phase of Mouton Citrus began in early 2018, with the client’s need for additional automated citrus-processing on site. The structural steel was finished in a dark colour, tying it into the overall aesthetic of the packing facility and offering a harmonious and homogenous aesthetic. The structure of the facility was a forefront feature in the design intent. This concept is particularly evident in the dispatch canopy where all structural members are proudly on display. The asymmetrical eastern and western elevations draw their inspiration from the undulating mountain peaks and valleys, which stretch out almost as far as the eye can see. The irregular angles of the roof and walls give the impression of something monolithic,

almost akin to a rock sitting in the landscape. High priority was placed on the use of natural light and ventilation, which brought its own challenges such as dust management and a careful consideration of the prevailing winds. Natural daylighting was introduced through polycarbonate panels, placed at a higher level across all roof ridges in a clerestory style design. These panels drop down along the eastern and western façades, where the building appears to “lift its skirt”, allowing light in. This also provides the workers with a visual connection to the natural landscape that surrounds the building. Programmatic challenges included the integration between the flow of personnel with that of the packing processes: fruit coming in from the orchards, packing and staging of the fruit, box folding and storage and, lastly, the dispatching of the packed produce from the facility. Housing an operational space of +-10 000m2, the new packhouse needed to provide a well-lit, well-ventilated and welcoming environment for the line-workers to operate in. The main packing hall, a large open space, had to be uninhibited by structure,


resulting in the introduction of deep steel girders for carrying the large span roof over. The administrative office component is set at a higher level to maximise surveillance, and give the feeling that the entire “team” is housed under one roof. The Control room and Meeting room are centrally located, sitting atop a lightweight steel frame, providing a visual link to the packing floor.

CLADDING: CLEAN COLORBOND® AZ150 ECLIPSE MATT IN NU-RIB PROFILE The new trend for steel roofing with a stylish matt finish is suited to address the unwanted glare from sunlight common in urban areas. The stylish yet one-of-a-kind steel roofing greatly reduces the Solar Reflectance Index (SRI), ensuring unwanted solar glare diffuse effectively, reducing heat and maximising comfort. Clean COLORBOND® ULTRA MATT is also imbued with features such as high dirt resistance, chalk resistance, gloss retention, infra-red technology, antifungal properties and solar reflective technology.

ROOF: ZINCALUME® AZ150 IN KLIP-TITE PROFILE ZINCALUME® steel was developed after extensive research into improving the traditional performance of galvanised steel. By blending aluminum with zinc in an alloy coating, researchers discovered a way to greatly enhance corrosion resistance. As a result, BlueScope Steel’s extensive testing programme indicates that roofing or walling made from ZINCALUME® steel has a lifespan of up to four times that of galvanised steel with a Z275 coating in the same environment. BlueScope Steel’s coating mass control technology is among the most advanced in the world. A sophisticated coating mass gauge is linked to a computer in a closed-loop control system, ensuring accurate control and consistency of coating mass. ZINCALUME® steel has the unique ability to complement both traditional and ultra-modern architecture. Mill-finish galvanised steel and other materials do not have the same satin-smooth finish that is associated with roofing or walling made from resin-coated genuine ZINCALUME® steel.

Made from Australian Technology tested in the harshest tropical weather, COLORBOND ® Steel stands through it all, protecting you through time, on any architecture.

A DECISION MADE EASIER: BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS THAT LAST PRESTIGIOUS SOLUTIONS THAT INSPIRE THE IMAGINATION TODAY Business owners and manufacturers are faced with tough decisions every day. A common thread to many challenges often concerns the bottom line. Whether it’s about technology development, equipment upgrades or even building infrastructure, the key question is: How will this solution protect my investment? THE TRUSTED SOLUTION COLORBOND® Steel a leading brand of steel roofing and walling in the building and construction industry that is seen as a solution as it provides security and protection that lasts, and is well suited to the harshest environment. Over the past 5 decades, COLORBOND® steel has earned a solid reputation for quality, versatility and durability. It’s design capability enables forming of sleek curves, sophisticated profiles and it is an investment that stands the test of time. DURABILITY-TESTED COLORBOND® has evolved through technological advances and a consistent focus on quality. It has also been evaluated in accelerated lab tests for corrosion resistance, durability and application, and field-tested in Australia, standing up against some of the harshest weather conditions in the world. Today, COLORBOND® is one of the toughest and most advanced building materials, and with a wide range of products and colours, a preferred choice for roofing and wall solutions. DISTINCTIVELY BEAUTIFUL BlueScope’s proprietary technology gives COLORBOND® steel unique advantages. A superior paint system adds unsurpassed protection to aesthetic appeal, which means it stays beautiful for a longer period of time. It makes the surfaces resistant to dirt staining, maintaining a clean look.

THERMAL COMFORT The economies of thermal control are also an advantage to consider. In moderate to hot climates, compared to roofing material of similar colour with lower solar reflectance, COLORBOND® steel can reduce annual cooling energy consumption by up to 15%. COLORBOND® steel with THERMATECH™ technology reduces the peak roof temperature by up to 6°C, depending on the colour. A COMPLETE RANGE OF INSPIRING CHOICES In addition to a 18-colour palette that appeals to both classic and contemporary tastes, the COLORBOND® range offers specific advantages in durability, versatility and energy efficiency: • COLORBOND® THERMATECH™. Designed to optimize thermal performance for more energy-efficient buildings. Heat reflection from roofing helps to control interior comfort. • COLORBOND® ULTRA. Tough and versatile. It is an excellent solution

ENHANCING COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT SOUTH AFRICA COLORBOND® steel technology produces a premium product that continues to play a pivotal role in the evolution of architecture. Its versatility and design appeal can be seen in a wide variety of working and living structures that enhance our landscapes. To name just a few: RESIDENTIAL • Val de Vie • Sitari • Stone Village • Chapmans Bay • Clara Anna COMMERCIAL • Cape Town Convention Centre

• Mall of the North • Whale Coast Mall • Sanctuary Mall • SACD • Matlosana Mall INDUSTRIAL

• Plumbago – (Wurtz, DHL, DB Schenker, John Deere etc.)

for protection against severe environment conditions. COLORBOND® MATT. Another stylish choice that reduces unwanted glare.

PEACE OF MIND For discerning business owners and manufacturers looking to upgrade their building infrastructures, COLORBOND® is the smart, go-to choice for any project. As a premium roofing and

• Pepkor DC – Hammersdale

• HoldSport • Golf Air Park • Poco • GRI Wind


• Cape Town

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walling solution, COLORBOND® delivers proven quality and durability, with the benefits of being environmentally friendly and visually appealing. A building investment is a significant decision, but the advantages of COLORBOND® makes the choice of materials a matter of simple logic. Beautiful buildings that last begin with one wise decision: The best choice is COLORBOND®. Visit for more information or call BlueScope Steel Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd at +27 (0)21 442 5420

BlueScope is the world’s leading steel maker in coated steel technologies and has been instrumental in shaping the building and construction industry in South Africa for over 20 years.



HOME AUTOMATION CAN HELP LIMIT RESOURCE USE It once seemed like something totally futuristic, but home automation is here, and it can be very effective in maximising energy efficiency. Home automation can help save energy by ensuring that homes use resources like water, electricity and natural light more effectively. This has a run-on effect with regard to money saving too. So, not only does it have a positive environmental impact, but the homeowner can enjoy lower utility bills as a result.

big rewards with relatively small investments and, unlike the home automation of systems for security or entertainment, homeowners don’t need to schedule a lengthy consultation to install. Luminos has a full range of these products, along with qualified sales staff, technicians and engineers to provide home automation solutions to suit various lifestyles. Remote controlled motors for blinds and curtains allow the user to conveniently

allowing the user to operate and programme lights, blinds and curtains, awnings, gates, heating or cooling systems through a handheld device such as a smartphone or tablet, from anywhere in the world. These systems can also

Home automation systems are no longer reserved for the extremely wealthy either. Smart homes are increasing in popularity because they offer

adjust sun and light exposure as required. Somfy systems, such as the Connexoon and Tahoma, take these motors to a whole new level by

integrate with Amazon’s Alexa, so that the user can simply use voice commands when they are at home.

AUTOMATED INTEGRATED SECURITY GAINING POPULARITY Building security measures have traditionally been retrofitted in both commercial and residential buildings. Current thinking is that security can be automated and efficiently integrated into the building if it is planned for during building design. Traditional barriers, however, are often viewed as cluttered, clumsy and out of context in a high-end building designed, for example, to

encourage free flow between indoor and outdoor nodes. Product innovation has made it easier to keep people safe within buildings without offending its design ethos. Trellidor has introduced products that are often indistinguishable from doors and windows. They’re unobtrusive and multi-purpose, shielding occupants from the elements as well as criminals. Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters are manufactured from aluminium and roll up and out of sight when not needed. When rolled down, they present a formidable obstacle to criminals. Shutters are neat and inconspicuous when open. The side guide channels are narrower than they are for steel shutters and no bottom track is required, leaving the


floor free of tripping hazards. The compact shutter box can be hidden away inside a wall or ceiling cavity. Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters can be fully automated and integrated into a central automation system, making them easy to operate using remote control. This is ideal for closing off access to commercial buildings after hours or for being able to shut down a safe zone in residential buildings at night or when the home is unoccupied. TURN-KEY TRELLIDOR SERVICE Trellidor franchises offer a turn-key service to the building industry, providing specifications for Trellidor products during planning, installing the selected products at the right stage of completion, and doing a

There are various ways in which these systems can reduce or maximise energy consumption – here are a few examples: 1. Climate control: Smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat and ecobee3 keep your heating and cooling costs down. The devices monitor energy usage within the home, as well as outside temperatures, helping to heat or cool as efficiently as possible. 2. Energy management:  By adjusting sun-shielding blinds at the correct time of the day, the need for energy-hungry cooling systems is reduced. 3. Lighting: Lighting controls can be set on timers, preventing lights from staying on all day or night. Many smart lightbulbs work with motion sensors, too. These bulbs respond to people entering and leaving a room, which saves energy and money. 4. Water allocation:  Smart sprinkler systems can plan the most effective watering schedule for your yard, reducing water waste that usually occurs due to poor sprinkler positioning or evaporation.

comprehensive hand-over to the building’s occupants. The service includes supplying blinds and shutters from the Taylor Blinds range, as well as decorative mouldings from NMC Decorations. Both these companies are part of the Trellidor group. Trellidor franchises are easily accessible throughout the country, with many of the urban areas served by more than one franchise.



IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – EXISAFE FROM ASSA ABLOY SOUTH AFRICA ASSA ABLOY South Africa is proud to announce the launch of the new, worldclass ExiSAFE panic and emergency exit hardware from the renowned UNION brand. During an emergency evacuation, there are high-risk factors such as smoke inhalation (in the case of a fire), stampedes and falling debris. The ExiSAFE system offers occupants an effortless, fast and safe exit from a building. The ExiSAFE array of surfacemounted panic and emergency exit solutions includes a Panic Latch and Panic Bolt for single-door applications, a Panic Set for rebated double doors, as well as a Push Pad Emergency Latch and Outside Access Devices (OAD). Manufactured in the UK and backed by a ten-year guarantee, the product is certified for fire doors to deliver bestin-class quality, setting the benchmark in panic and emergency hardware.

ExiSAFE adheres to all international fire safety and quality standards, including the Certifire independent testing quality mark, fire rating and CE mark for safety, as well as BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125. ExiSAFE has undergone exhaustive testing, successfully completing over 200 000 cycles for timber and metal fire doors. The hardware is rated for 120 and 240 minutes respectively on timber and metal fire-rated doors.

Featuring a stylish silver finish, the rugged ExiSAFE offers flexible installation options and combinations of panic and emergency solutions. The push bar and bolt rods can be resized on-site to ensure a seamless door match. The push bar features a closed-arm design, reducing the risk of finger trapping. Universal handing ensures easy, hassle-free installation and the ExiSAFE hardware can also be easily retrofitted to existing fire and emergency escape doors. Antithrust technology in the device does not allow any manipulation from the outside. Sheer screw technology on the Outside Access Device (OAD) lever handle and free swing technology on the OAD knob also prevents manipulation, preventing intruders from entering through the emergency escape door, while at the same time not compromising the safety of the building’s occupants.

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The Plettenberg, one of Plettenberg Bay’s bestknown hotels, has updated

the Liz McGrath Collection’s current chairperson. Lesley and Susan add their aesthetic

its old-world glam in a recent refurbishment. The five-star Liz McGrath Collection hotel has overhauled its newly renamed Garden Room, Blue Room and Villas. Situated on a rocky headland, The Plettenberg overlooks the ocean and offers spectacular 270-degree views of the bay. The site itself provided the inspiration for the new interior direction. One of the main aims of the revamp was to bring the Garden Room and Blue Room up to date and in keeping with the rest of the hotel. The interior redesign was headed by the daughters of the late and much-loved Liz McGrath, Lesley Kelly and Susan Nathan, who co-own the hotel along with their brother Michael McGrath,

style to all three of the group’s hotels, including the Marine in Hermanus and the Relais & Châteaux CellarsHohenort in Constantia. The aptly titled Garden Room looks out on to the natural fynbos and rocky coastline of the Garden Route, as well as the cultivated hotel garden directly beyond its windows. The focal point of the room is undoubtedly the magnificent view from Robberg to Nature’s Valley and the mountains in the East. The room was previously decorated in a more subdued style that, according to the sisters, did not do it justice. The new direction they undertook entailed uplifting the fabrics and accessories, and the addition of a striking botanical


wallpaper that makes an undeniable statement in the room. It provides a bold counterpoint to the sea view that surrounds it. The sisters wanted to create a feeling of “the beach, the sea, vibrant life and a huge vista. It’s a special room to soak up the view of the beach, mountains and ocean, so a strong wallpaper was selected and accentuated with white pots and lush indoor plants, and cream sofas with lovely turquoise cushions,” they explain. In the Blue Room, the sisters wanted to create an inviting zone to relax in that

spectacular site overlooking the ocean, we would introduce the wonderful colours of the sea and the Plett skies. These same colours are reflected in the suites and rooms throughout the hotel, where turquoise tones and blues prevail. Although the Blue Room doesn’t have a sea view, it immediately feels fresh, modern and inviting. The cool, contemporary look-andfeel is in complete contrast to the older antique English appearance it had previously. Away from the all-access rooms, the new interiors of the private Villas are awash

carried a dynamic sense of life and leisure. A striking and strident blue now sets the tone here. “We decided that because The Plettenberg has the most

with the hues of the ocean and offer stand-out views over the bay. Here, calmer and more soothing sea tones predominate.


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A ROUND-UP OF RECENTLY UNVEILED DESIGNS FORESHORE PLACE An iconic 70’s high-rise in Cape Town’s downtown financial district is being redeveloped into a unique mixed-use building called Foreshore Place, which will feature 34 storeys of ultra-modern, luxury residential and commercial premises. Situated on the corner of Adderley Street, Riebeek Street and St Georges Mall, and previously known as the ABSA building, Foreshore Place will have 15 floors of commercial space with the ground floor offering banking facilities, coffee shops, food and other shops. Above this will rise 11 floors of residential units, which runs from the 6th to the 16th floor, made up of 99 one-bedroom apartments, nine two-bedroom apartments and 63 studio apartments. The fourth floor of Foreshore Place will feature a business and resident’s lounge and entertainment terrace. Designed by KMH Architects, marketed by Dogon Group Properties, and developed by HBW Group, Foreshore Place will have modern minimalism as its signature look and feel throughout the building – with crisp clean interiors and calm open spaces. “Foreshore Place’s signature hallmark in the Cape Town skyline is its bronze aluminium metal work and bronze tinted glazing. Both of which pay homage to New York modernist architecture,” says Monique Pieterse, Development Manager of HBW Group. “This iconic building was the first structure in Cape Town to use a continuous glass curtain wall and, at the time, was the largest steel-skeleton ever used in a skyscraper, defining its 34-storey main tower which opened its doors in 1970.” Work on Foreshore Place has already commenced, with completion programmed for December 2020.

BARLOWORLD EQUIPMENT Paragon Architects South Africa (PASA) was tasked by developer Eris Property Group to design an aesthetically appealing corporate head office and showroom that fits in with the industrial environment of Isando in Johannesburg for Barloworld Equipment, the Southern African dealer for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment for the construction and mining industries. A feature of the project was its prime location adjacent to the busy R24 highway, where it was vital to maximise the available frontage. Apart from housing offices for Cat Rental and Used Equipment, the design had to showcase the brand via internal and external areas. The state-of-the-art

4 500m2 head office consists of two elongated, north-facing buildings: A two-storey north building, and a three-storey south building, linked by an enclosed, glazed bridge. The office structures sit lightly on a landscaped podium, which floats above a semi-basement parking level. The 3 200m2 showroom is the first of its kind in South Africa – a bubblelike structure dedicated to large earthmoving equipment. The building is split into two specialty areas, namely equipment defined by a ‘tyre’ or ‘track’ category, open and enclosed showroom areas. The space also includes two floors of office space to the rear. The project broke ground at the end of 2018, and is anticipated to be completed by end 2019.

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AIRPORT CITY DEVELOPMENT, GHANA The new 15-storey mixed-use development in Airport City in Accra, Ghana, will include a 214-room Pullman-branded hotel and 150 serviced residential apartments, as well as a conference centre. It is a project of many firsts in Ghana. Arup worked with Inter-Afrique Properties and Paragon since 2015 to develop the initial concept, and later with Accor Hotels, the company behind the Pullman brand. An early works contractor has been appointed and ground has been broken, and negotiations are underway with a major international contractor for the design and construction of the building. The design team includes Paragon Group (architecture), DIAD (interior design) and Crane Construction Consultants (quantity surveyors). Diagonal Projects is responsible for project management, while Solid Green Consulting is handling the sustainability consulting. The building’s distinctive white and black cladding is an interesting technical aspect. The product is likely to be Dekton – an artificial stone product – and if that’s the case, it will be the first use in Ghana. The development is set for completion in January 2021 and operations will begin in the same year. Tel: +27 (0)31 328 8700 Email:

JEWEL CITY GASS Architecture Studios has revealed their design for the R1.2bn redevelopment of the Jewel City precinct in Johannesburg’s CBD by Divercity Urban Property Fund Pty (Ltd). This urban redevelopment project in Joburg’s eastern CBD will breathe new life into the previously walled-off former centre of the diamond and precious metals trade in Johannesburg. The complex consists of six city blocks of industrial buildings, some dating back to the 1930s. Jewel City involves the reinvention of this pre-existing industrial complex as an open, vibrant mixed-use precinct. Jewel City will introduce affordable residential space, a school, healthcare and retail facilities such as pharmacies and a supermarket, a gym and other recreational facilities. The industrial heritage of the

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buildings will be honoured through the lightness of the architectural interventions to the façades and by exposing the expressive minimalism of their industrial materiality – offshutter concrete, brickwork and steel. The Jewel City complex will be reintegrated with the existing urban fabric, but will be orientated inwards to create and sustain a new pedestrianised section of Fox Street as its central axis. This urban intervention will help to support a safe, friendly and open pedestrianfocused public environment and urban infrastructure, characterised by shared public space. Jewel City broke ground in November 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2020. Its first tranche of retail, commercial and residential space will be ready by November 2019.

THE RUBIK The Rubik, a newly launched luxury mixed-use building situated in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD, is set to challenge property development in South Africa with its iconic and unique architecture and design. Located on the corner of Loop and Riebeek Streets, The Rubik consists of premium residential apartments above luxury offices and high-end retail space, housed within a distinctive modern glass-clad “tiered” building that is reminiscent of the Rubik’s cube. Marketed by Dogon Group Properties, developed by Abland in partnership with Nedbank and Giflo, The Rubik has been designed by dhk Architects. “This dhk-designed building echoes things to come in the city centre – the wave of the future. Gone are the days of inner-city living being a novelty, and enter the days of ‘Great City Addresses’ that are inspiring to live in,” says Rob Stefanutto, MD of Dogon Group Developments. “It will set a benchmark for future developments and see both out-of-town and local buyers being offered a true quality product in a city on the rise in international terms.” Work on the development is expected to commence in the latter part of 2019 with the demolition of existing buildings, with completion in July 2021.



PRATLIPERL AGGREGATE FOR ‘GREEN’ PLASTER SCREED AND CONCRETE An ultra-lightweight, thermally insulating and fireproof aggregate for plaster screed and concrete, Pratliperl from Pratley can assist the construction industry in meeting quality standards such as SANS 204. This is particularly important due to an increased focus on energy-efficiency in building. Specified for lightweight plaster and screeds, Pratliperl has been pre-treated to enable it to mix with ordinary cement. The thermal insulation properties of a twoleaf (220 mm) external brick wall can be doubled simply by adding 16 mm of Pratliperl plaster on either side of

the wall, Pratley Marketing Director Eldon Kruger reveals. “Not only is Pratliperl a ‘green’ building material that can assist in meeting sustainability criteria, the fact that it is ultralightweight slashes the cost of high-rise structures in particular,” Kruger adds. In addition, the product is highly durable, and features good acoustic properties. It can even be gunited when applied to large surfaces. Applications range from underfloor insulation and insulated roof decks to lightweight screeds on corrugated iron or concrete roofs, fireproofing structural


steel columns, insulating cryogenic tanks, loose-fill thermal insulation in wall cavities, and lightweight tile adhesive filler. Apart from its excellent thermal insulation properties, Pratliperl is also resistant to spalling under fire conditions, which improves the integrity of structures and enhances health and safety. The product can withstand temperatures of up to 1 250°C without compromising its structural

integrity. Once cured, Pratliperl has superior strength compared to conventional lightweight concrete. Compatible with cement and other binders, it can be used to produce ultra-lightweight panels, boards, bricks and blocks that can be cut, nailed and drilled.


BELGOTEX CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW SHOWROOM AND AFRICAN-INSPIRED RANGE Leading flooring specialist and modern African manufacturer Belgotex has unveiled its brandnew Durban showroom in Umhlanga, and has also introduced a new design-led, commercial flooring range, Grafica. Belgotex CEO Edward Colle officially opened the space at an event in April. Colle, a third-generation family member in the company, spoke about the deep connection Belgotex shares with its people, product

for this showroom to reveal authentic layers of the brand and the business,” says Colle. “This space is an experience, not just a product, and our brand is the same. There’s so much more to who we are and why we do what we do, and this allows us to tell that story.” Afterwards guests were introduced to Belgotex’s new commercial flooring range, Grafica – three new tufted tile designs influenced by Africa’s abundant creativity and a bold commercial collection that delivers

team putting concept and creativity at the fore, and then using the machinery and technology available to us to execute the concept.” Described as “attitude and Africa made one”, Grafica is an expression of the everyday objects that make up life in our cities. Crates is a stack-style design inspired by our local makeshift, can-do culture. Blocks is a reflection of urban life in Africa; a vibrant grid of energy where cultures converge for the daily hustle.

and planet, and how the showroom aims to serve customers better by allowing them to fully experience the Belgotex brand. “We felt it was important

robust, graphic patterns to hard-working floors. “Grafica is not just another new range for us at Belgotex,” says Colle, “but a true and authentic example of our

A beautiful organised chaos is represented by Skew Lines, which celebrates Africa’s contrasts and clash of perspectives.

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TRANSPARENT LEXAN BURGLAR BARS THAT PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE PROTECTION WITHOUT CREATING CAGED AESTHETICS Physical security barriers like metal burglar bars are an age-old practice used to keep premises secure. Not only are they generally unattractive and obstruct views creating a “prison effect”, they also block out natural sunlight and require maintenance, especially in coastal areas. A number of gated communities and estates will not approve metal burglar bars because they ruin the overall aesthetics of the infrastructure. Physical barriers, however, don’t have to negatively affect aesthetics. Transparent burglar bars are generally manufactured from polycarbonate, a

thermoplastic polymer with incredibly high-impact strength and brilliant transparency that improves the all-important aesthetics of a property while satisfying safety requirements with the strong physical barrier it creates. A Cape Town-based company, ViewProtect has taken the leap and drastically improved on these already impactful polycarbonate barriers. Proudly South African and unique, Armed Bars ingeniously combine a LEXANTM polycarbonate barrier and an alarm monitoring system to introduce the ultimate burglar bar. For the first time ever, with










ViewProtect’s Internationally Patented Smart Bar technology, property owners can fully utilise their alarm system by having permanent perimeter protection while maintaining regular movements within their home. HOW DOES SMART BAR TECHNOLOGY WORK? LEXANTM polycarbonate bars have a specially designed thin wire that has been forced into the sides of the transparent security bar that can be connected to any alarm monitoring system. This thin wire is corrosionprotected and is not visible. The in-series connection of the wires in the transparent security bars receives an

electrical pulse from the alarm board and the endof-line resistor protects the bars if the electrical pulse is bypassed or bridged. Should the LEXANTM polycarbonate security bars be cut, melted, kicked out or tampered with in an attempted burglary, the thin wire will break and activate the alarm.



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Michaelhouse, the Anglican Diocesan College of Natal founded in 1896, has an international reputation. Apart from its academic excellence, the distinctive architecture of the interlinked quadrangles inspires a tremendous sense of belonging among its pupils. The red brick of the gracious old buildings – and the architectural style – are typical of the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands area from a long-gone era. Hardly surprising, then, that when new expansions to the campus were necessary, Corobrik, with some 115 years of business to its credit, was chosen to supply the bricks necessary for the building. Corobrik has supplied face bricks and pavers for substantial buildings and landscaping projects around the world – from the USA, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Arabian Gulf countries, to the Indian Ocean Islands and other African states. Architect Nick Grice, of Grice Bellars Architects in Pietermaritzburg, designed the beautiful new buildings perfectly in keeping with the original style, using Corobrik’s Firelight Satin face brick. While not exactly the same as the original buildings, it was an excellent match for the original salmon pink brick. “The new science block was completed last year, while the Heritage Centre was finished this year. Currently, we are busy building a new


quad and boarding houses,” he said. The blend of the old and the new red brick buildings is masterful: the science block looks as though it has been there for years, while the Heritage Centre is as pleasing to the eye as the older, original buildings. Murray Witherspoon, Michaelhouse Marketing Manager, says, “Since the founder, James Cameron Todd, ferried 77 boys from Loop Street in Pietermaritzburg to the school’s current home in Balgowan in 1901, not more than five or six years would have passed without there being some sort of major building project underway. “The school has continued to grow, almost organically, for 117 years, evolving into the distinctive interlinked quadrangles that 567 boys from around the world today call home. Throughout, a great deal of energy, thought and attention to detail has been applied with consistency, which is a hallmark of the school’s characteristic red brick buildings. The school’s unique environment has become a touchstone of something enduring to the 6 500 living Old Boys scattered around the globe because of the way the school’s facilities, regardless of era, just feel as though they are meant to be there. We are extremely happy with the new buildings and that they match so well with the original building style and colour.”


HONG KONG TO ZHUHAI MEGA-BRIDGE INSTALLS ISOCRETE K-SCREED Flowcrete has been involved in the construction of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest seacrossing bridge, the remarkable Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB).  The $20 billion development has been built to link the three cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau together for the first time. The scale and ambition of the project is truly unique, as the 55km bridge-tunnel system includes a series of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel and four artificial islands. This unique feat of civil engineering faced some truly unique challenges, thanks in large part to the vast distances it covers, and the fact that it would have to support tens of thousands of passengers every day. To make sure that the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovatively designed Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facility (HKBCF) would be able to cope with these pressures, 43 000m2 of Flowcreteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cementitious subfloor screed solution, Isocrete K-Screed, was supplied. Francis Tang, General Manager of Flowcrete Hong Kong, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is central to the Hong Kong governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to improve connectivity in the region and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to have been involved in the construction of an important section of the bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast numbers of people that the crossing facility would have to

accommodate on a daily basis meant that the floor in the HKBCF had to be as robust and reliable as possible. Isocrete K-Screed was ideal for this, as it has been specifically designed to rapidly provide a high-performance, long-lasting screed layer for large and demanding construction projects.â&#x20AC;? Situated on a 130-hectare reclaimed island, the HKBCF provides a strategic multi-modal transportation hub for the western Hong Kong side of the bridge. If the floor failed here, it could lead to a long list of safety and operational concerns!  Isocrete K-Screed is a durable, semi-dry cementitious screed system that incorporates a proprietary additive to produce an earlydrying, high-strength screed. These properties mean that large-scale developments can speed up the process of applying the screed without sacrificing on critical structural and functional properties.  Flowcreteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialist screed system was applied in thicknesses ranging from 75-150mm across the site, including in the customs, clearance and departure halls, as well as in the baggage handling area, backof-house maintenance facilities and the overhead rooftop garden. Inside the HKBCF, Isocrete K-Screed proved to be the ideal platform on which to install the tile finish, creating an attractive and impressive floor area.

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CTRL ALT DEL – RESETTING THE THINKING ON POOL COVERS IN TIMES OF WATER SCARCITY Over the last three years, South Africans have acknowledged that we are a water-scarce country. With swimming pools being one of the heaviest consumers of water in the domestic setting – responsible for up to 60% of a household’s usage – pool owners are having to rethink how they design, maintain and use their pools, according to PowerPlastics Pool Covers. “By now every pool in the country should have been assessed from a sustainability point of view and covered with either a quality GeoBubble cover or a safety cover where there are children and pets to consider,” says Carolyn Idas of PowerPlastics Pool Covers.

There are a number of issues to consider when it comes to maintaining a pool when water is scarce. Firstly, a pool is an essential part of your water storage on site and can be used as a last resort. In such cases, the fewer chemicals in the water, the better. The only way to reduce chemical input but still

maintain water hygiene is to use a ‘smart’ pool cover such as the EnergyGuard GeoBubble cover, which allows for a 50% reduction in chemicals. It may seem logical to let the pool sit empty when water is rationed, but it is almost always a mistake. Left out of service for long periods, pools quickly degrade and components, including the pool pump, will need replacing. Repairing cracks, re-painting and re-filling is incredibly costly. “A pool cover is pretty much the only way to keep pool water in situ. All pool covers stop evaporation by over 98%,” says Idas. “Sometimes it just takes a builder, a pool builder and a pool cover specialist to have a conversation at the planning stage to ensure that the intended home and pool can actually support water-saving practices. Pools with multiple levels and fancy designs are hard to cover.” On the flipside of the water crisis is the power crisis – another area in which pool covers are an easy solution. A covered pool is a cleaner pool that uses less filtration. Pump time can be reduced by as much as 50% with pool covers such as the EnergyGuard GeoBubble cover. “The EnergyGuard cover was a pool cover specifically designed in response to the power crises back in 2006 and it has gone on to be an international best seller. Today, using selective transmission material, it allows certain light rays to enter the water too, making it a dual-purpose heating and energy-saving cover, in addition to saving 98% water,” says Idas.

QUALITY TILING SYSTEM SUPPLIED FOR BALLITO JUNCTION When the Ballito Junction Regional Mall underwent a massive development from 10 000m2 to 80 000m2, TAL was chosen to supply tiling materials to ensure a successful installation for the expanded shopping centre. The multi-level tiling system took into consideration the heavy volume of foot traffic expected in one of the largest malls in the KZN coastal region. The project specified tiling for 15 000m2 of passageways and selected line shops, as well as 2 000m2 of tiling to the floors and walls of the

specially designed to improve adhesion, was applied to deliver superior adhesion to the substrate. The original section of the mall was still trading during the expansion, so TAL Goldstar 6 rapid-setting tile adhesive was used to install the porcelain tiles on mall passages and restroom floors to allow for a faster turnaround on site. TAL Goldstar 12 quick-setting tile adhesive was used where practical. As shopping centres experience high and heavy foot traffic, the tile adhesives

of the mall were similarly modified to accommodate the anticipated movement of a suspended slab. Further enhancing the

the grout, for a longer-lasting aesthetic appeal. Despite a tight schedule, TAL Registered Tilers, Durban Tiling Services completed the

mall restrooms. As with many projects, preparation is key, so a primer slurry coat of TAL Keymix, a cementitious powder primer, and TAL Keycoat, a latex primer

were modified with TAL Bond, a latex-based additive, to increase the bond strength and flexibility of the flooring installation. The flooring system for the upper levels

flexibility of the system, the TAL Wall & Floor Grout was also modified with TAL Bond. The addition of an additive gives the further benefit of increased water and stain resistance to

project on time, delivering a successful installation for the mall – which has welcomed over 12 million visitors in the past year.



BIBO The BIBO bar is the next generation in water purification and dispensing. With just a touch of a button, gain instant access to ice-cold and boiling hot water. By using the latest technology in water purification and filtration, the BIBO bar offers you water that is pure, healthy and safe to drink. And because we all like our drinks served differently, the BIBO bar allows you to customise your temperature settings to suit your taste perfectly. The BIBO bar is energy efficient, environmentally friendly and incredibly stylish, making it the must-have addition to any home or office. With 10 colours to choose from, you’ll find your match with the BIBO bar.

AMERICAN SHUTTERS’ SECURITY SHUTTERS No more unsightly burglar bars and industrial-looking expandable gates – AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters combine strength, security and flexibility with style, and are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. With this custom-made security solution on your doors and windows, you will no longer need to compromise the aesthetic beauty of your residential or commercial property to beef up your security and protect your family. AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters Range

has the same beautiful appearance of traditional timber shutters and the same practical safety features of traditional security barriers. “When designing our Security Shutters, we prioritised not only the safety features but the aesthetic features as well,” says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing director of AMERICAN shutters. “Many of our clients opt to install the shutters indoors for practical reasons and the ease with which the shutters can be reached to open and close.

It was very important that this range delivered security and upheld our reputation for uncompromised style.” AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters® are a robust security barrier, and if you like an uncluttered look, you will love the unique ‘Gear Tilt’ design with the tilt mechanism concealed in the shutter framework. It allows smooth louvre control without visible tilt rods and the louvres have a much tighter fit against the shutter framework. Additional design details, like interleafed shutter panels, provide greater privacy, security and light block. The locked bolt system secures the shutter panels in place simultaneously at the top and bottom of the shutter panels, and the tamper-proof bottom and top tracks ensure that the shutters cannot be lifted out of place. This range of Security Shutters can be installed internally or externally; they provide security, privacy,

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aduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa is probably best known for the iconic graphic garments that have cemented him as a star on the local fashion scene – and now his dynamic homeware is making an impact on the local design scene. For 100% Design South Africa 2019, he will be presenting his collection of rugs, cushions and throws, as well as his new tradefriendly offering of upholstery, wallpaper and curtaining, along with a few surprises. “We invited Laduma to take part as this year’s Feature Designer for a number of reasons. His strong crossover capability from fashion to home makes him incredibly versatile. And his designs draw on personal heritage and a sense of culture, which we feel is an important narrative to champion,” says Laurence Brick, creative director of Platform Creative, curators of 100% Design South Africa. “Additionally, he has an ability to interpret tradition in a very contemporary way, which

makes him really exciting as a designer.” In addition to an exciting new product range, he brings a fresh viewpoint. “I want to add something to the show that may not have been seen before. The idea is to bring an African utopian feel with my designs – to shake people’s preconceptions. My aim is to offer a new way of living within our surroundings as a new generation of Africans.” As with his signature fashion ranges that recast traditional visual language in a more contemporary light, Ngxokolo’s homeware is a tribute to the richness of South African culture, and the show is perfectly placed to showcase this. “I think 100% Design South Africa is curating a new aesthetic for a modern homeowner who wants to explore a living space that celebrates and acknowledges South Africa and Africa in general,” he comments.;



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