The old Kents Building, Muizenberg Beachfront

The old Kents Building

Do you want an authentic Cape Town experience? Then go to the Muizenberg beachfront. It’s a great vibe! The old Kents Building situated on the Muizenberg beachfront is directly adjacent to the railway line. The building dates back to 1915, with plans showing the construction of two additional floors in 1928.The owner of the building, […]

SUSTAINABILITY: a few thoughts

sustainable architecture

Sustainability is about future proofing your building, big or small. On the micro scale it’s about your home or building using less resources such as electricity or water. When building consider using recycled, sustainably sourced, or eco-friendly materials. This minimises your carbon footprint and makes it more efficient for saving money in the long term. […]

Underperforming buildings

under performing building

For an edge over the competition in the development industry, then high-performance building is the way to go. The idea of building performance is often used by many people. There are however few who can provide a good definition of the concept. Here we discuss what it is and the key requirements for high-performance buildings. […]

Understanding sustainable architecture – building timeless designs

green building

When thinking of sustainability, you easily think of go-green, eco-friendly, and environmental health. But what is sustainable architecture, and how can this help us create a functional built environment while minimising our carbon footprint? Sustainable architecture refers to a design that creates healthy living environments. They do this while minimising harmful effects on the ecosystem […]

Questions you may have for your architect

Building questions for your building project

If you are thinking about building a new custom home, there are undoubtedly a lot of questions going through your mind. Over the years, we found these to be the first questions we hear more than any other: “How much is it going to cost?” “How long will it take?” Although these are valid questions, […]

What do we do as professionals?

What do we do as professionals?

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) provides solutions in delivering rated Green Buildings in our community. The application of these principles to rate a building is intensively technical to achieve a rating with the GBCSA. Architecture and global warming This is a fantastic start to being part of the action against global warming […]

The Paradigm Shift: Architecture new ways of thinking

architecture new ways of thinking

Nearly 30 years ago I remember reading The Turning Point by Fritjof Capra and The Reenchantment of the World by Morris Berman. These were just a few of the landmark books which were exposing the new thinking, primarily focusing on a holism or a systems viewpoint. As a student studying architecture new ways of thinking […]