Kirstenbosch Centenary tree canopy walkway / Mark Thomas Architects

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Architects: Mark Thomas Architects
Location: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, ,
Architect In Charge: Mark Thomas, Christopher Bisset
Photographs: Adam Harrower

In Images: South Africa’s Stunning Treetop Walkway

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The much anticipated Treetop Walkway through the Arboretum in ’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is now open to the public. Located 11 metres above the ground, the galvanised steel and timber structure offers breathtaking views from the treetops. The project, a collaboration between Mark Thomas Architects and Henry Fagan & Partners consulting engineers, has been nicknamed Boomslang - a large, highly venomous African tree snake – due to its elevated, twisting form. Check out the stunning photographs by Adam Harrower, a horticulturist at the garden, after the break.

Students and Community Members Come Together to Construct Theater in Cape Town Township

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The Guga S’Thebe Arts and Cultural Centre in Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township, is expanding to include a theatre exclusively for children and adolescents. The main component of the theatre, set for completion this fall, will be a large, multi-functional space for hosting performances. The project, a collaborative effort between future users and international architecture students, is aimed at stimulating sustainable development while widening the possibilities for the target demographic. To check out more project images, continue after the break.

Cape Town Adopts Re-Blocking Strategy for Informal Settlements

In Kuku Town, dwellings were rearranged to face a communal courtyard – where people can gather for activities and keep an eye on their neighbors and shared facitilies.. Image Courtesy of Future

The city of Cape Town has adopted a new strategy for improving informal settlements – , “the reconfiguration and repositioning of shacks in very dense informal settlements in accordance to a community-drafted spatial framework.” serves to create communal spaces, make neighborhoods safer, and improve dwelling structures – among many other things. To see how it has been implemented and where, head to Future Cape Town and continue reading here.

Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town’s Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum

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Imagine forty-two, 33 meter high concrete tubes each with a diameter of 5.5 meters, with no open space to experience the volume from within. The brief from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) for London-based Heatherwick Studio was to “reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character,” calling for a “solution unique for Africa” in order to create “the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside.” Heatherwick’s response will be the creation of a “a new kind of museum in an African context.”

The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar

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Architects: StudioMAS, Luis Mira Architects, Sergio Aguilar
Location: Cape Town,
Design Team: Sean Mahoney (StudioMas), Michael Lumby (StudioMas), Charlton Botha (StudioMas), Sergio Aguilar (Plus Arquitectura), Katie Irvine and Luis Mira
Principal Agent:
Area: 1610.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Wieland Gleich

PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced

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“People tend to forget that play is serious.” – David Hockney

, an international design competition launched earlier this year asking people to “submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape,” has announced their winning entries. Set up by Building Trust International, the competition called for “professional and student architects and designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places.”

Find out more about the winning professional entry from the City of , entitled Cape Town Gardens Skatepark, along with the winning student entry from the Lusiada University of Lisbon, entitled Bring a Pal and Have Fun, after the break…

Melkbos / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Melkbosstrand, ,
Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl & Francois Geldenhuys
Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA

Kloof 151 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA
Location: Clifton, Cape Town,
Project Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni & Johann van der Vyver
Interior Design: Mark Rielly & Ashleigh Gilmour
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA

De Wet 34 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town,
Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Bobby Hugill, Duke Williams
Interior Design: OKHA Interiors – Adam Court
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Letch,

Head Road 1815 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Fresnaye, Cape Town,
Project Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni
Interior Decor: Client
Year: 2007
Photographs: SAOTA

St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Architects In Charge: Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl
Interior Design: – Mark Rielly
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA

Clifton View 7 / Antoni Associates

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Architects: Antoni Associates
Location: Clifton, Cape Town,
Interior Architecture: Mark Rielly
Interior Decor: Adam Court
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Letch

POD / Greg Wright Architects

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Architects: Greg Wright Architects
Location: Cape Town,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kate Del Fante Scott

Head Road 1816 / SAOTA

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Architects: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Fresnaye, ,
Design Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Tamaryn Hammond, Mark Bullivant
Interior Decor: Maxine Olmesdahl
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch

Glen 2961 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Oranjezicht, ,
Design Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Kate Del Fante
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Letch

Pearl Valley 334 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: , South Africa
Interior Architecture: Mark Rielly, Jon Case
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch

Montrose / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: , South Africa
Project Team: Stefan Antoni
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Wieland Gleich