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Pretoria Institute of Architects: Winners of 2021 Architect Awards Announced

by Madelein
Pretoria Institute of Architects: Winners of 2021 Architect Awards Announced

Each of this year’s winner of the prestigious Pretoria Institute of Architecture (PIA) Awards not only impressed the panel of esteemed judges, they also completed their respective projects during a global pandemic.

“These circumstances no doubt added to the normal pressure and timelines. Significantly, the 2021 winners demonstrated the continued dedication to quality, innovation and architectural excellence that has become synonymous with the South African architectural industry,” comments, Jeremie Malan, PIA’s president.

Here are the overall winners per category:

Winner: Interior Architecture

Project: DR SUSAN NEL DENTAL STUDIO; Brooklyn Medipark
Architects: ARCA UNLIMITED ARCHITECTS
Judges comment: Despite the technical challenges and limited space of the dental rooms, the architect managed to create a functional, refined and spacious design highly appreciated by the client and enjoyed by visitors – a project worthy of an Award.

Winner: Residential Architecture – New

Project: CURTAIN HOUSE; 400b Diana Road, Lynnwood
Architects: BERTUS VAN SITTERT
Judges comment: Located on a subdivided panhandle site, the architectural planning takes advantage of every inch of space with a design rigour that extends from the planning to key details like the building facade with its custom exterior envelope, made from a special stucco plaster technique, and the slender roof-eave detailing that secretly fixes the load bearing roof support structure.

Winner: Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Project: ROUNDABOUT BROOKLYN; 333 Muckleneuk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk
Architects: W Design Architecture Studio
Judges comment: The architects succeeded in introducing high density living in a suburb that is traditionally known for single dwellings on relatively large stands without depreciating the character of the neighbourhood. The landscaped courtyard between the North and South blocks introduces a touch of nature, softening the otherwise hard exterior. The street interface of the apartment development further introduces a landscaping element that blends in well with the street front character of the neighbourhood.

Winner: Commercial Architecture – New

Project: DIE GROENHUIS; 38 Garsfontein Road, Waterkloof
Architects: Slee&Co Architects
Judges comment: The architectural language capitalises on the temperate climate by carving a series of public, semi-public, private, inside and outside circulation spaces from the solid brick wedges, thereby creating a series of delightful building spaces that respond excellently to its context.

Winner: Residential Architecture: Alterations and Additions category

Project: HOUSE STRÖH + POOL HOUSE; 123 Westcliff Drive, Westcliff
Architects: LEN JOUBERT ARCHITECTS
Judges comment: The excellent example of holistic architecture inspires us all to celebrate the beauty of previous typologies by applying the best technologies of our days.

Winner: Commercial Category: Alterations and Additions category

Project: TRIGGERING GROWTH; 15 Eland Road, Koedoespoort
Architects: W DESIGN ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
Judges comment: This discrete and well-crafted intervention sets new standards for the design of industrial buildings, highlighting the specialised nature of agricultural business and the need for purposely designed production spaces responding to hightly controlled and specific requirements.

Congratulations to all the worthy winners, who managed to keep the momentum on each of these beautiful projects going despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Building and Décor team salutes you!

For more information, please visit: www.pia.org.za.

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