Archive | April, 2012

Happy Freedom Day!

27 Apr

New Jerusalem Children’s Home Article

26 Apr

New Jerusalem Children’s Home article, featured in the lastest issue of Walls & Roofs Magazine. New Jerusalem Children’s Home by 4DA Architects (Sean Wall and Mia Anfield) is Africa’s first eco-friendly children’s home and was featured in the company’s “Great South African Architecture” Marketing Campaign. Safintra Roofing donated the roof sheeting for the container home addition of this worthy cause.

Photography by Dennis Guichard

Download the article – WallsRoofs JNL3 Online

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Our blog celebrates 25 000 Pageviews

20 Apr

Latest advert in the “Great South African Architecture” campaign makes its debut…..

20 Apr

The latest advert in the series “Great South African Architecture” makes its debut in the forthcoming edition of Walls and Roofs Magazine. The project featured is New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand Gauteng by 4 D+A Architects (Sean Wall and Mia Anfield). New Jerusalem Children’s Home is Africa’s first eco-friendly children’s home. Safintra Roofing donated the sheeting in profile TUFDEK IBR for this worthy cause.

Architectural photography by Dennis Guichard and portriature by HT Fotography

Concept, production, design and DTP by Safintra Roofing.

Metal Roofing gems in KZN Midlands

20 Apr

The KZN Midlands is an absolute gem in terms of metal roofing. Visited the Country Courtyard complex, in Nottingham Road a few weeks ago and snapped some of these beauties. The complex comprises of Country Company, a retail outlet(how beaut is their stunning red side door?), Cafe Bloom and Rugz ‘n Thingz, which is IBR clad on the outside and corrugated clad on the inside. Thanks to the pressence of my other half, we also have behind the scenes footage (with a little help from Instagram) of me taking footage.

Country Courtyard is open 9am – 4 pm daily(closed on Tuesdays) and can be found on just off the R103 in Nottingham Road.

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Station House – Nottingham Road, South Africa

17 Apr

I joked a while ago that I select weekend getaway locations on their blogging merits and quite frankly I’m beginning to believe it!

We visited Station House near Nottingham Road a few weeks ago on a bitterly cold Saturday, which saw the temperature plummeting down to 2 degrees – thank heavens for the cosy fireplace! The cottage, called The Siding, is located on the railway siding / platform of the old Johannesburg – Durban line, which operated along the Mooi River from the late 1890 until it was decommissioned in 1956. This quaint corrugated cottage is located amongst many 100 year old oak trees and only 50m from the water’s edge of the beautiful and secluded Mearms Dam, which is accessible only to those staying on its banks. The old railway station sign, Fountainhall, now proudly features in the lush gardens.  

What a relaxing getaway and well worth a visit!

For more see HERE

Or contact Diana Cawley on cawley@bundunet.com / 033 940 0278

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Skuurhuis by NUP Design

11 Apr

I love blogging fine examples of the use of sheet metal in a residential application. Sadly most of my material is sourced from abroad, where this application has already been in use for decades. It is however slowly catching on in South Africa and I could not contain my excitement when my best “blog scout”, Pieter-Ernst Mare, founder of alive architecture, sent me another gem in the mail 🙂

I introduce NUP Design comprising of the talented team of Werner Nothnagel and Piet du Preez. This dynamic duo is the creative force behind Skuurhuis (Barn House).Werner explains:

Skuurhuis is a modern interpretation of the typical farmstyle barn. It is a rural ‘landmark’ in an urban context. The principle design inspiration was to create vernacular architecture composed of basic forms and purposeful features. The dark coloured corrugated roof is extended over the roof edge to form the first floor wall cladding. The ground floor walls are constructed of red clay face bricks. The interplay between the two strong basic components creates the illusion of a barn resting on a brick plinth. The utilization of face brick and corrugated sheeting as external materials is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is also functional and it is very low maintenance. 

The predominant design principle is to illustrate the honest construction and flow of the house. The entrance is clearly defined and sets the tone for the rest of the journey. The best example of the honest construction is the ground floor barrel vault roof in the lounge and the exposed roof trusses in the main bedroom. The red clay face bricks used to construct the barrel vault roof is exposed on the inside and outside and it creates a natural awareness of the ‘old’ construction technology used to create the impressive space.

The program of the house is flexible and to an extent open to interpretation. Spaces are clearly defined with thresholds but flow harmoniously from one to another. The large open plan living area extends into the garden with the use of large operable glass wall panels. This creates an important relationship between the internal spaces and the external elements. Natural materials, such as steel columns, clay bricks, steel roof sheeting and natural stone further enhance the communication language between the internal and external spaces.

Wow, for more click HERE (we do like their website too)

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