The Main road apartments consist of 162 units onto the site over 3 floors with a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments of which every apartment has its own balcony and a braai. A series of chimneys create a rhythm on the facade while mirroring the second floor units so that their balconies act as a fire break. This results in an articulated facade which differs on every elevation, with deep recesses for solar control and a combination of solid and transparent balustrades for privacy and to screen off the sun. The building had to step down towards the West with an entire floor to reduce the height of the columns and allow for basement parking. Communal green space on top of the roof with an action soccer field and braai area encourages a sense of community where residents can spend time with friends and family while enjoying the spectacular views over the city.
If you’ve ever had a Royal Danish Ice Cream or breakfast at Pure Cafe, you will know exactly where Colbyn Village is.
This is a concept proposal for the possible refurbishment of the complex that will introduce a vibrant courtyard space and an events rooftop, new shops on ground floor and Airbnb apartments on top. Planted pergolas and slatted screens for both privacy, screening of old facade and focal areas are introduced whilst celebrating the original Gerhard Moerdyk design of the apartment building.
The Melrose Manor senior living estate, located close to Melrose Arch in Sandton, involves the refurbishment of an existing building with a very unique Mediterranean character. Our approach was to enhance the unique ambience of the existing building by introducing new elements that would compliment the existing style and accentuate it in a contemporary manner. This was achieved by adding a new porte-cochere entrance, a series of pergolas, planted screens to create privacy and differentiate different functions, vaulted ceilings to give more volume to the dining room, new natural finishes and by bringing in more natural light. Through these additions and alterations the goal was to provide a varied spatial experience as you move through the building and to create comfortable and inviting spaces to spend time with family and friends.
San Sereno by Auria Senior Living was a refurbishment project to upgrade all existing communal areas, apartments, garden villas and the care center with a brand-new extension to the communal facility of this retirement estate in Bryanston. The client’s brief was to provide a comfortable and contemporary facility to the residence to feel at home in and to accommodate any impaired movement while ensuring that all areas are compliant to the elderly act.
With an amazing ocean view within Salt Rock, the Simbithi senior living estate by Auria Senior Living will consist of Free standing houses, Cluster units a Communal Facility with a Swimming pool and Lifestyle center and Assisted living. The conceptual approach was to draw inspiration from the rich colonial heritage and buildings within the area, by providing a contemporary reinterpretation of the colonial typology, with a new approach to solar and climate control. All residents will have access to the incredible natural forests and valleys that are connected with walking paths.
A senior living estate overlooking Kensington Golf club that comprises of 1 to 3 bedroom apartments with access to a world class communal facility, health club and frail care facility. The design was influenced by the incredible views over the golf course and beautiful natural surroundings. This resulted in the use of timber solar screens, planters on the balconies and large glass facades overlooking the golf course. The communal facility is an extension of the living areas of an apartment, thus there are lounges, a restaurant, a library, coffee shop and cinema with different amenities to host a variety of activities. In essence the estate strives to provide a luxurious, hotel/resort atmosphere as a new home for senior residents.
Rondawel located in the Olifants Rivier Game Reserve. Based on the concept of Zoomorphism various components of the architecture were informed by the anatomy of a Porcupine and a Pangolin. A new pergola structure was designed to guide the visitors into the rodawel while providing shelter and shade below the large vstoep with a view into the bush. A new curving natural stone wall creates a series of sheltered private spaces that provides privacy to the fire pit, main bedroom and the outdoor shower from the surrounding units.
House Midstream is an additions and alterations project where the clients were looking for a complete overhaul of the existing house to transform it into a contemporary open plan residence with high-end finishes and fittings. The additions included the entertainment areas, pool and deck, entrance foyer and approach with a planted concrete roof, courtyard upgrades with timber screens and pergolas for both sun control and privacy where required.
Situated on a steep slope with a breathtaking view over the valleys and mountains, these units are designed to allow you to experience nature in comfort. The contemporary approach to bushveld architecture, showcases the use of local materials such as the stone cladding sourced on the site, being combined with steel and glass to bring in as much natural light as possible and framing the views. Timber louvers and large overhangs are utilized for solar control and to ensure privacy between the cottages. The curved natural stone wall guides the visitor to his/her room while screening off the outdoor shower and services.
The Glen Erasmia residential development was done as a joint venture with Mary-Anne da Costa Architect to provide a prototype apartment block, that could be repeatedly placed on a site to create a contemporary and high-density residential complex. A typical block would consist of a mix of 1, 2- and 3-bedroom units with a central staircase. Ground floor access from both the north and south allows flexibility for placement on a site to accommodate parking and access from any side.
House van Rooyen is located in Midstream Estate in Midrand. The owners wanted a contemporary addition to the existing design. The extensions to the existing house was done to provide privacy and solar control to the north facing bedrooms that are visible from the street and to upgrade the boundary wall design and approach. Planters and a covered approach softened the main entrance from the parking in front of the garage.
House Esbach in Waterkloof, Pretoria, is a refurbishment of an existing house with wonderful views over Waterkloof and Brooklyn. A large Rhinowood timber pergola was designed to cover the new roof terrace while wrapping into the entertainment area below in order to achieve a spatial continuity. The existing natural stone walls were retained, while contrasting materials and a contemporary spatial layout was employed to distinguish between old and new.
This high-density residential estate in Rooihuiskraal consists of 365 units with a Gate house, Life style center (Clubhouse) and a recreational park. The residential units are a combination of apartments, duplex and simplex units. The brief was to design economic and compact residential units with a low maintenance finishes and materials with a contemporary aesthetic appeal.
The Bond residence student housing is located in the vibrant neighborhood of Clydesdale, adjacent to the new Loftus park development. The material palette draws inspiration from its surroundings while the vertical circulation is employed as a way-finding element which emphasizes the main entrance. The building is lifted from the ground to allow for sufficient parking space, while a shaded rooftop terrace provides communal recreational space for students to enjoy. Planters are strategically incorporated into the design to soften the circulation routes and bring nature into the building.