French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects

05:00 - 14 February, 2016
French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kings Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Shevel & Simpson Quantity Surveyors
  • Area

    2650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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OVD 919 / SAOTA

02:00 - 21 May, 2015
OVD 919 / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie & Joe Schützer-Weissmann
  • Interior Decor

    Studio Parkington
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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7 Architects Designing a Diverse Future in Africa

10:30 - 26 February, 2015

As the legacy of the Cold War fades and Western preeminence gradually becomes a thing of the past, population booms in Asia followed by the growth of a vast non-western middle class have seriously challenged the Western perception of the world. The East has become the focal point of the world’s development.

If East Asia is the present focal point of this development, the future indisputably lies in Africa. Long featuring in the Western consciousness only as a land of unending suffering, it is now a place of rapidly falling poverty, increasing investment, and young populations. It seems only fair that Africa’s rich cultures and growing population (predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2025) finally take the stage, but it’s crucially important that Africa’s future development is done right. Subject to colonialism for centuries, development in the past was characterized by systems that were designed for the benefit of the colonists. Even recently, resource and energy heavy concrete buildings, clothes donations that damage native textile industries, and reforestation programs that plant water hungry and overly flammable trees have all been seen, leaving NGOs open to accusations of well-meaning ignorance.

Fortunately, a growth in native practices and a more sensible, sensitive approach from foreign organizations has led to the rise of architectural groups creating buildings which learn from and improve Africa. Combining local solutions with the most appropriate Western ideas, for the first time these new developments break down the perception of monolithic Africa and have begun engaging with individual cultures; using elements of non-local architecture when they improve a development rather than creating a pastiche of an imagined pan-African culture. The visions these groups articulate are by no means the same - sustainable rural development, high end luxury residences and dignified civic constructions all feature - but they have in common their argument for a bright future across Africa. We’ve collected seven pioneers of Africa’s architectural awakening - read on after the break for the full article and infographic.

Pretoria's Freedom Park, designed by MMA Design Studio with GAPP Architects and MRA Architects. Image Courtesy of MMA Design Studio, GAPP Architects and MRA Architects The Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria. Image © NLÉ Architects Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan Red Pepper House in Lamu, Kenya. Image © Alberto Heras +29

Clifton 2A / SAOTA

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Clifton 2A / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie, Thaabe Ramabina
  • Interior Design

    Janine Lazard Interiors
  • Area

    1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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FIRTH 114802 / Three14 Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
FIRTH 114802 / Three14 Architects, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Kim Benatar, Sian Fisher, Miles Appelgryn
  • Contractor

    Base Projects
  • Area

    340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Kirstenbosch Centenary tree canopy walkway / Mark Thomas Architects

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
Kirstenbosch Centenary tree canopy walkway / Mark Thomas Architects, © Adam Harrower
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    Mark Thomas, Christopher Bisset
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 28 June, 2014
Students and Community Members Come Together to Construct Theater in Cape Town Township, Courtesy of Future Cape Town
Courtesy of Future Cape Town

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.   

In Images: South Africa's Stunning Treetop Walkway

00:00 - 28 June, 2014
In Images: South Africa's Stunning Treetop Walkway , © Adam Harrower
© Adam Harrower

The much anticipated Treetop Walkway through the Arboretum in Cape Town'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. 

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Cape Town Adopts Re-Blocking Strategy for Informal Settlements

00:00 - 22 May, 2014
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 Cape Town
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 Cape Town

The city of Cape Town has adopted a new strategy for improving informal settlements - re-blocking, "the reconfiguration and repositioning of shacks in very dense informal settlements in accordance to a community-drafted spatial framework." Re-blocking 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

00:00 - 15 March, 2014
Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town's Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum, Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

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

07:00 - 22 February, 2014
The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar, © Wieland Gleich
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Sean Mahoney (StudioMas), Michael Lumby (StudioMas), Charlton Botha (StudioMas), Sergio Aguilar (Plus Arquitectura), Katie Irvine and Luis Mira
  • Principal Agent

    Luis Mira Architects
  • Area

    1610.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced, © Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of Lisbon
© Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of Lisbon

"People tend to forget that play is serious." - David Hockney

PLAYscapes, 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 Cape Town, 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

01:00 - 23 August, 2013
Melkbos / SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, Courtesy of SAOTA
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Kloof 151 / SAOTA

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni & Johann van der Vyver
  • Interior Design

    Mark Rielly & Ashleigh Gilmour
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SAOTA

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De Wet 34 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
De Wet 34 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, © Adam Letch
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Head Road 1815 / SAOTA

01:00 - 15 March, 2013
Head Road 1815 / SAOTA, Courtesy of SAOTA
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St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2013
St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects in Charge

    Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl
  • Interior Design

    Antoni Associates - Mark Rielly
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SAOTA

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Clifton View 7 / Antoni Associates

01:00 - 1 February, 2013
Clifton View 7 / Antoni Associates, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Interior Architecture

    Mark Rielly
  • Interior Decor

    Adam Court
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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