Archive | February, 2012

Whatever it takes to get the shot…..

29 Feb

So we visited our top secret location in Gauteng yesterday for the official shoot of the next installment of Safintra Roofing’s “Great South African Architecture” Marketing Campaign…..It was a morning of contortion on the part of Mr. Guichard, that could easily have been mistaken for a yoga class. Whatever it takes to get the shot! Look forward to seeing the processed pics and sharing some on here! Check back soon.

Dennis Guichard

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Behind the scenes shooting the woman behind King’s Grant Country Retreat

27 Feb

Cheryl Biggs is a busy woman….she is the force behind the loving restoration and conservation of the spectacular King’s Grant Country Retreat in Ixopo – the subject of our fortcoming advert in the series “Great South African Architecture”. Cheryl went from playing hostess and tour-guide to the Safintra Campaign Team two weekends ago, to hopping onto a plane to Cape Town the next Monday. On her return from Cape Town, she raced straight into the Safintra Roofing Durban branch to have the portriature part of the campaign done. I was on hand to take some behind the scenes footage of Eve Morris from HT Fotography doing her stuff and getting the set ready for Cheryl.

Also see: Kings’ Grant Country Retreat

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Next stop……Great South African Architecture Campaign

27 Feb

The Team will be making their way to one of my favourite places in South Africa tomorrow to shoot the next installment in the “Great South Afrian Architecture Campaign” – City of Johannesburg or Jozi as she is affectionately known. Location; Top Secret for now, but check back soon 😉 Some behind the scenes to follow shortly.

Let’s hope we are blessed with a sky as magical as this one……

New Jerusalem Children’s Home – Africa’s first Eco Friendly Children’s Home – Official Launch

27 Feb

Safintra Roofing, one of the proud sponsors of this phenomonal project, attended the elite official opening of Africa’s first eco-friendly children’s home in Midrand, Gauteng. This incredible structure was the brainchild of Mia Anfield and Sean Wall of 4d and a Architects. The launch was attended by various stake-holders, media, sponsors and of course the little people themselves.

The New Jerusalem Children’s Home provides resindential care for abandoned, abused, traumatised, orphaned or HIV – positive children and vulerable youth from birth to eighteen years. The home was started in 2000 when two sisters, Anna Mojapelo and Phina Mojapelo came together and realised the desperate need in their surrounding community to provide shelter and protection for these children. Their aim was not only to give these children a home but also to offer them a future filled with hope. Initially the sisters opened their own homes to the youngsters, but today the shelter, a state of the art compound houses over 80 children.

We salute these extraordinary women and their very worthy concern!

Also see: New Jerusalem Children’s Home

4d and a Architects

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Kings Grant Detail Photography – Dennis Guichard

21 Feb

What happens when you let Dennis Guichard loose with his camera in a hundred year plus old Trappist compound, filled with ancient relics? Well…..pretty much what happens mostly……he takes pictures of things and angles that inspire him. Our recent Kings Grant shoot was no different. Dennis captured these beautiful images of ancient tools, implements and workshops. Absolutely stunning!


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GAD by MMW Architects

21 Feb

How cool is a portable art gallery that can literally be erected anywhere? GAD is the brainchild of Norwegian architects MMW. The structure comprises of 10 shipping containers. Five of them make up the ground floor. Three surrounds the central first floor and the final two closes the building and gives access to the top floor balcony. The spaces are connected with industrial ladders and staircases. Inside the spaces are painted white, providing a seamless backdrop to the art on display. We do believe this is quite brilliant!

Also see: MMW Architects

Pictures by Eirik Forde

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Ruann van der Westhuizen exhibits online at alive architecture

21 Feb

Ruann van der Westhuizen, a MArch(Prof) graduate of UP’s 2009 architecture studio shares some of his work at the alive architecture online exhibition. Read more HERE

Picture from alive architecture

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