The roof patios on the North façade of Melrose Manor consist of a series of arches with steel cut-out screens to ensure a visual connection between each roof patio while at the same time ensuring privacy. These openings allow for chance encounters between residents and encourage conversation and a sense of community while drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean character of the existing building. The concept was to create a series of soft, comfortable spaces that soak up the sun and becomes a blank canvas where each residents private garden becomes the main focus. By adding a 1,5m deep covered patio along the length of the apartments on First floor the total floor area of the units could be increased to allow for a larger Living room and a Bedroom with en-suite bathroom. These covered patios become a balcony for the Second floor units with a beautiful north facing view.
The design of the dining room garden at Melrose Manor was strongly influenced by the unique Mediterranean character of the existing building which various arched windows and openings and the swimming pool which had to be retained within this space. A central garden pagoda allows for a sheltered seating space surrounded by planters and planted screens where residents can sit in the shade and enjoy tea or refreshments. Planted screens ensure privacy from the surrounding residential buildings. The layout of the garden was organized based on the classical principle of creating a vista along an axis towards a planted arch as the focal point when viewed from the dining room. Shaded seating is placed along the axis next to the water fountains to create a tranquil space where residents can sit and enjoy the garden.
This high-density residential estate in Rooihuiskraal consists of 310 units with a Gate house, Life style center (Clubhouse) and a recreational park. This is a 2nd phase of the extremely popular “The Madison Estate” in Amberfield city. 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 338m² Double storey House with 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms a Double garage, a Staff room with En-suite bathroom and a covered patio with a braai area. This house is situated in the Cradle Ridge Estate, a new estate development by Central development Properties will consist of 169 full title houses and is situated on the foot of the Krugersdorp ridge with an incredible view over Mulderdrift.
The 358m² double storey House with 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms a double or garage and a combination of covered and open patios forming a series of terraces on this steeply sloping site. This house is situated in the Cradle Ridge Estate, a new estate development by Central development Properties will consist of 169 full title houses and is situated on the foot of the Krugersdorp ridge with an incredible view over Mulderdrift.
We designed these Grade-R classrooms at a Primary school in Kempton park consisting of 8 class rooms, a sickroom, offices, a bathroom block and a kitchenette. The classrooms are situated around a planted central courtyard space, while the bold colors of the school’s logo, pre-cast concrete elements (concrete storm water pipes and breeze blocks) and various solar control devices are used to create playful architecture. Solid free-form balustrades ensures the safety of the children while clerestory windows and carefully designed poly-carbonate sheeting draws natural light into the classrooms. The analogy of a tree was explored in the design of the structural trusses of the roofs, which could be further designed to become a jungle gym or support swings above the sand pit.
The Protea Estate development will consist of 293 units, being a combination of 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units for rental stock. The design of the blocks employ a combination of low-maintenance and maintenance free materials with mono-pitched roofs and a site layout that ensures optimal solar orientation. The long facades are broken up by a series of balconies with soft and hard roofs while landscaping is employed to soften and screen off the parking and circulation required to adhere to council requirements.
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.