Author Archives: South African Architecture

Durban Court orders 9-storey luxury block of flats be torn down

The Durban High Court has ordered that the nine-storey luxury block of flats in Currie Road be demolished. Pic - Gcina Ndwalane

In a bold, precedent-setting ruling which will affect the future conduct of developers in the city, a Durban High Court judge has ordered that most of an almost-completed R60 million nine-storey luxury block of flats on Durban’s Berea be torn down. The order affects five storeys and the boundary-to-boundary footprint of the building, making demolition of the entire structure almost ...

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Camps Bay Villa, Enigma Mansion on sale – 66% discount

Enigma Mansion

The Enigma Mansion -The lifestyle of the Great Gatsby – is South Africas most expensive residence ever built and resides on 7000 sqm of manicured park setting. Welcome to Cape Town’s grandest and most palatial mansion, Enigma Mansion, which occupies more than 7000 m2 of the most prestigious residential area on the entire Atlantic seaboard. This extraordinary Mansion is located ...

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Leobo Private Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Leobo Private Residence, Limpopo Province, South Africa Architecture

Leobo Private Reserve is a magical luxury villa located in Limpopo Province, the northernmost province of South Africa. It is a completely private 20,000 acre estate based in the beautiful malaria-free Waterberg mountains, 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg and home to the award winning ‘Observatory Bush Villa’. Designed by Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, it is probably the most stunning ...

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Mlondolozi Hempe – how he transformed Imbiza yesiXhosa

'Inkundla' - Lounge Sofa By Mlondolozi Hempe & Laduma Ngxokolo

Mlondolozi Hempe transformed Imbiza yesiXhosa, the traditional South African “potjie” –  into an interesting functional modern furniture piece Mlondolozi Hempe is an Architectural Designer and graduate of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Together with Zuko Ngcizela & Olwethu Nyengane, fellow Architecture graduates from NMMU, they founded Broad Based Design – a multi-disciplinary design studio that covers Architecture, ...

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Nico van der Meulen Architects

Glass-House by South African Architects Nico van der Meulen

Nico van der Meulen Architects, was established in 1984 by owner and founder Nico van der Meulen and his wife Santa. Nico grew up in a farm near the border between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and spent most of his childhood building bridges and structures using whatever material he could find on the farm. This was the first expression of ...

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Mashabane Rose Architects

Apartheid Museum in South African Architecture (by Mashabane Rose & Gapp Architects)

Mashabane Rose Associates (MRA) was formed in 1995 and is a dynamic South African architectural and design studio consisting of two principals, Phill Mashabane and Jeremy Rose, both registered architects and members of the South African Institute of Architects. Our staff comprises of a number of talented, qualified architects who form the core of our practice and some technical staff. ...

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Unique House Boz, Mirroring Nature’s Everlasting Beauty by Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Boz by Nico van der Meulen Architects in Pretoria

House Boz situated on a hill within a secluded nature estate in Pretoria East was originally destined for a very different location on a hillside in Mafikeng. The client requested a spacious and luxurious four bedroom house with an emphasis placed on the design of the living rooms. Ensuring that the magnificent views were optimized was of utmost importance and ...

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6th 1448 Houghton ZM by SAOTA

6th 1448 Contemporary Residence - Houghton ZM by SAOTA

Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects Location: Johannesburg, South Africa Project Team: Greg Truen & Ina Fourie Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Adam Letch , Elsa Young Interior Design: Mark Rielly, Ashleigh Gilmour & Sarika Jacobs The brief was to create a home for an extended Johannesburg family. Situated on 6th 1448 Houghton on a gentle slope, the site is surrounded by trees and has views from ...

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SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Infinity-pool Nettleton 198 House by SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, is a firm of 110 young architectural designers and technicians including in-house CGI and marketing teams, as well as a strong support staff. It is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen and Phillippe Fouche who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their design. This, paired with ...

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Bridle Road House – Gubbins House by Antonio Zaninovic Architecture Studio

Bridle Road House – Gubbins House by Antonio Zaninovic Architecture Studio (7)

Cape Town-based Antonio Zaninovic Architecture Studio has completed the Bridle Road House (also called Gubbins House) in collaboration with Rees Roberts & Partners. This contemporary residence is located at the base of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. The project won a 2010 Honor Award from the American Society and Landscape Architects for its many sustainable features and its amazing local flora ...

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