Archive | September, 2012

Google turns 14!

27 Sep

Today my favourite search engine turns 14. The company is also behind many fine examples of architecture worldwide, as showcased on our blog previously. Happy Birthday Google!

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Happy Heritage Day!

24 Sep

Heritage Week – Hy-Many House

20 Sep

Who would have thought that the oldest surviving building in Johannesburg sit slap bang in the middle of Randburg!

Randburg was originally divided in four farms Klipfontein, Driefontein, Olievenhoutspoort, and Boskop. These farms were then subdivided amongst the sons of the early settlers. A portion of the farm Boskop was bought by Rand entrepreneur John Dale Lace on which the house of former owners the Labuschagnes was built in 1860. Dale Lace and his wife converted the original homestead into their country residence and named it Hy-Many House (Meaning “The Home of the Kelly’s”).

Sadly this old Johannesburg Grande Dame has fallen victim to inevitable development and is today surrounded townhouses and complexes. She has however been lovingly restored and sports some of the oldest Jacaranda trees in Gauteng in her garden.

We love the roof!

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W-Window House by ALPHAville

20 Sep

How yummy is this stunning steel clad home in Kyoto by Japanese architects ALPHAville. The windows are positioned on top of each other on the two opposite sides of the home. We love the paint detail on the simple staircase that connects the three storeys. Sleek, simple and stylish!

I must say that I found APLHAville’s rather cryptic website amusing too – check it out HERE

Pictures from dezeen

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Heritage Week – Castle of Good Hope

19 Sep

It’s the run-up to National Heritage Day – the national celebration of everything that defines us as South Africans.

I honour of National Heritage Day, we have decided to showcase some of the oldest buildings in South Africa in some of our major city centres.

We kick off our tour in Cape Town with the Castle of Good Hope. This national treasure is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. It replaced an earlier fort called the Fort de Goede Hoop which was built by Jan van Riebeeck upon his arrival in South Africa. This star shaped fort was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station for ships passing the coast on voyages between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies(now Indonesia).  From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life until the Cape Town settlement grew and expanded further afield.

This national architectural treasure is today a premier tourist attraction and the seat of the Military in the Cape. It also houses two museums.

More info HERE

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Steel Awards 2012 – The Winners

17 Sep

Very exciting event on the annual steel industry calendar, the Steel Awards, hosted by the South African Institute of Steel Construction was held simultaneously at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng, the Durban Botanic Gardens in KwaZulu Natal and at Kirstenbosch in the Cape, on September 6 th  2012. Safintra Roofing wishes to congratulate all the worthy winners! 

The winners are as follows:

The overall winner of Steel Awards 2012 were the giant chimneys at the Medupi Power Station in Limpopo, which also won the Mining and Industrial category prize.

Chimney Structural Steelwork (Flue Cans)

Developer/ Owner: Eskom Holdings Ltd
Structural Engineer: Karrena – Germany
Project Manager: MM&G Mining and Engineering Services
Main Contractor: Karrena – Concor JV
Steelwork Contractor/s: Aveng Steel Fabrication (DSE), MM&G Mining and Engineering
Detailers/ Detailing Company: PCP Drafting

Chimney Structural Steelwork (Platforms)

Developer/ Owner: Eskom Holdings Ltd
Structural Engineer: Beroa Deutschland GmbH
Quantity Surveyor: Eskom/PB Power
Project Manager: Eskom/PB Power
Main Contractor: Karrena Concor JV
Steelwork Contractor/s: Aveng Steel Fabrication(DSE); Robor Galvanizers; Bulldog Projects

Breaking with tradition this year, the judges elected to combine the historically distinct “Architectural” and “Light Steel Frame Building” (LSFB) categories, and presented the combined award to the Boogertman + Partners Architects-designed Deloitte Head Office, situated at the Riverwalk Office Park in Pretoria.

Deloitte Head Office

Developer/ Owner: Atterbury Properties
Architect: Boogertman + Partners
Structural Engineer: DG Consult
Quantity Surveyor: Pentad QS
Project Manager: Pentad QS
Main Contractor: GD Irons Construction
Steelwork Contractor/s: Spiral Engineering (structural steel); Vela SBS (LSFB)
Facades: GDS

The Architectural Commendation at this year’s awards went to a dwelling in Westcliff, Johannesburg – continuing the long tradition of award-winning architectural structures to be built on the Westcliff Ridge.

Developer/ Owner: Koos Koen
Architect: GASS Architecture Studios – Georg van Gass and Clare Eisenstein
Structural Engineer: Ferdinand van der Kuil
Main Contractor: Vision 5 Projects
Steelwork Contractor/s: Conrad Bezuidenhout
Timber Flooring Contractor: Top Decks

The remarkable transformation of part of the derelict 1928 Operating and X-Ray building into the new Shandukani Centre for Specialised Services took the honours in the Sustainable Development Category.

Developer/ Owner: Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI)
Architect: Henry Paine + Partners
Structural Engineer: Bapedi Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor: Bham Tayob Khan Matunda
Project Manager: PM Africa Project Management
Main Contractor: GVK-Siya Zama Building Contractors (Gauteng)
Steelwork Contractor/s: Bronkmann Pipe & Steel
Electrical Engineers: Nala Consulting Engineers
Fire Consultant: Chimera

The renovation of the structure that houses the Architecture Department at the University of the Free State won the Sustainable Development Commendation.

Developer/ Owner: University of the Free State
Architect: Typology Architects
Structural Engineer: Mostert Van Den Berg & De Leeuw Bloemfontein
Quantity Surveyor: Verster Berry Partnership
Project Manager: Typology Architects
Main Contractor: WGK Construction Bloemfontein
Steelwork Contractor/s: WGK Construction Bloemfontein

The Hanger Street Pedestrian Bridge, stretching across busy Hanger Street in Bloemfontein, walked away with the honours in the Bridge category this year.

Developer/ Owner: Mangaung Metro Municipality – Bloemfontein
Architect: Incline Architects
Structural Engineer: Vela VKE (Part of the SMEC group)
Quantity Surveyor: Rubiquant; Limco QS Arbitration & Project Management
Project Manager: Incline/Vela VKE JV
Main Contractor: RSI Intermodal Construction
Steelwork Contractor/s: Omni Struct Nkosi
Detailers/ Detailing Company: Draftline

The award in the Tubular Category, which is sponsored by the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa, went to the Dube Square Canopy at Dube City adjacent to the King Shaka International Airport.

Developer/ Owner: Dube Tradeport
Architect: CNdV Landscape Africa
Structural Engineer: Henry Fagan & Partners
Project Manager: Virtual
Main Contractor: Illembe JV (WBHO/Group 5)
Steelwork Contractor/s: STS Engineering
Detailers/ Detailing Company: PSM
Geotechnical Engineer: Bazi Dukhan Consulting Engineers

Recycled wooden pallet vertical garden

17 Sep

Alright….conceded this is not exactly a Patrick Blanc or local vertical garden geniuses Grow Collective number….but is certainly is green, recycled and very do-able! We reckon this could look great as a backyard feature or a stunning addition to a balcony!