Archive | January, 2012

SAFLOK 410 – Call for Proposals

30 Jan

Your PROJECT & PRACTICE could be featured in Leading South African Print & Electronic Media………

Safintra Roofing launches its revolutionary new concealed fix system, SAFLOK 410, this week. This profile is suitable for high-wind coastal applications.

Safintra Roofing is calling for proposals from the Architecture Fraternity, for a project featuring SAFLOK 410, situated in a coastal location within South Africa to feature in their “Great South African Architecture” Marketing Campaign. Current concealed-fix specifications can safely be converted to SAFLOK 410. The proposed project needs to be completed within the next three months.

The selected proposal will feature in Safintra Roofing’s National Marketing Campaign, which will highlight the project (photographed by Dennis Guichard) and the architecture firm in various leading South African print and electronic media. (Examples of the advertisements featured in the campaign can been seen in the Call for Proposals form).

Any queries can be directed to the Campaign Coordinator:

Kindly download the detailed Call for Proposal, as well as the SAFLOK 410 Technical Datasheet below:

Call for Proposal SAFLOK 410

Saflok 410

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Drew House by Simon Laws

30 Jan

I have said it before and I will say it again: the Autralians are MASTERS at the use of corrugated cladding as a design element in architecture.

Simon Laws of Anthill Construction constructed this holiday home, located on the Queensland coast of Australia. The home aims to create a kind of “campsite” amongst the indigenous forest of Bloodwoods and Cabbage Palms. The living, sleeping and bath house pods were constructed in Brisbane and then moved to the site. The parabolic roofed structure and decks were fabricated onsite and connect the various living areas with outdoor living spaces. The home is largely self sufficient in terms of energy, sporting rainwater tanks, solar heated hot water and electrical panels.

I could camp like this!

Also see here

Pics from Contemporist

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Safintra Roofing on Twitter

30 Jan

Follow us on Twitter…… @SafintraRoofing

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Thorncrown Chapel

30 Jan

This is possibly one of the best looking churches I have ever laid eyes on…….Located in the woods near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA, Thorncrown Chapel was commissioned by owner Jim Reed from Frank Lloyd Wright alumni, architect E. Fay Jones. The building was constructed using mostly native timber (under the steel roof) to match the setting around it and thus reducing transportation costs and blending perfectly with its environment.

This spectacular piece of architecture completed in 1980, which I daresay was way ahead of its time, was awarded the “Twenty-Five Year Award by the American Institute of Architects.

Read some more here and here

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Queen Mary 2

29 Jan

What happens when the Queen Mary 2 sails into Port of Durban almost two hours ahead of schedule and you had been planning to include imagery of this, the world’s largest passenger liner, in your marketing campaign? The answer is NOTHING, because you have Dennis Guichard on the job. Dennis beat the crowds and captured this amazing shot from the verandah of Moyo on the Pier at Durban’s uShaka Beach at 05:06am this morning.

Behind the scenes at our latest “Great South African Architecture” shoot in Durban

27 Jan

Safintra (family in tow) and Dennis Guichard Photography (family in tow) spent a balmy summer eve at Durban Underwater Club contemplating and later shooting the subject of the forthcoming installment in the “Great South African Architecture” marketing campaign. Sun, sea, sand and beverages….. 🙂 You’ve got to love this job!

The stunning MOYO on the Pier at Ushaka Beach was a joint collaboration by Richard Stretton (KOOP Design) and Shaun Dixon (ARUP). Can’t wait to see the sensational pictures that Dennis Guichard is bound to produce.

KOOP Design


Dennis Guichard Photography

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International Young Architects’ Meeting – IDEAS Awards & Exhibition

24 Jan

If you are an architect and a 1973  model or younger, have a look at this. This annual event which was started in 2006 by the Chamber of Architects of Turkey Antalya Branch and has been organized under the auspices of the UIA since 2010 hosts the IDEAS AWARDS AND EXHIBITION. The purpose of this annual event is the gathering of young architects, benefiting from their opinions in all subjects regarding architecture and above all, with the purpose of contributing to the trainings of young architects after their university education.

Check the webiste out for details – not much time left!