The cream of South African architecture was celebrated and awarded at the 2015/2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards. Here are the winners . . .
“South Africa may be geographically remote from many of the world’s major cities, but architectural design in this country can hold its own with the best internationally,” commented Kevin Bingham, awards convenor and SAIA vice-president, at the presentation of the 2015/2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards of Merit for Excellence in Architecture.
The awards saw a record 66 entries of which the seven best designs and a book earned Awards of Excellence – the highest accolade to be given to an architectural project in South Africa. A further seven projects received Awards of Merit, which recognise good design or a substantial achievement in the industry. In addition, 16 commendations were awarded for remarkable design.
Applauding the standard of design and the fact that a large number of entries met the sustainable design imperative, Obert Chakarisa, chief executive officer of SAIA, mentioned that the judges would have liked to see more entries that tackled the current widespread social issues associated with affordable housing and the redevelopment of inner cities.
Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit
1. House La Lucia, Durban: designworkshop: sa.
2. Military Health Base Depot for SAMHS: Jeremie Malan Architects CC.
3. New residence in Waterkloof, Pretoria: Slee & Co Architects.
4. Residence at 79 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town: Metropolis.
5. 17 Glen Avenue Higgovale, Cape Town: studioMAS Architecture and Urban Design.
6. Malapa Fossil Cave and Visitors Platform: Krynauw Nel Associates (Pty) Ltd.
7. Number 1 Silo: Alan Gray Headquarters, Cape Town: Van der Merwe – Miszewski Architects in association with Rick Brown Associates.
8. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens: Karel A Bakker, Roger C Fisher and Nicholas J Clarke.
Awards of Merit
1. House Scribante: Jason Erlank Architects.
2. Tree Canopy Walkway, Kirstenbosch: Mark Thomas Architects.
3. Heideveld Primary School, Athlone: Meyer & Associates, Architects and Urban Designers.
4. Sinkhuis, Stellenbosch: Slee & Co Architects.
5. The Last Glass House: Thomashoff + Partner Architects.
6. Architectural Guide SA: Roger C Fisher and Nicholas J Clarke.
7. Watershed, Wolff Architects.
1. Liv Village, Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal: designworkshop: sa.
2. Wits Rural Facility Training and Research Centre: Kate Otten Architects.
3. New Coffee Shop and Showroom in Midrand for Foghound Interactive Coffee: Earthworld Architects CC.
4. House Du Plessis: Earthworld Architects CC.
5. House De Villiers: Konsep Architects.
6. Moruleng Cultural Precinct Tshwane: office 24-7.
7. House Jonker: Thomas Gouws Architects + Interiors.
8. Light House: W Design Architecture Studio.
9. House Roodt: Roodt Architects.
10. Hermanus Community Day Care Centre: Gallagher Lourens Architects.
11. Oude Werf Hotel: Revel Fox & Partners CC.
12. House Nicholas: Noero Architects in association with Lemon Pebble Architects.
13. BMW (South Africa) Head Office: Boogertman + Partners Architects.
14. Outreach Foundation Community Centre: Local Studio.
15. Steyn City Clubhouse: Boogertman + Partners Architects.
16. Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana: Nicholas Plewman Architects in collaboration with Michaelis Boyd Architects.
“The architectural profession has reason to celebrate when we see designs being produced of the calibre of the entries we have received this year, many of which easily merit the description world-class.” – Obert Chakarisa, chief executive officer of SAIA
“The inspired use of building materials is becoming a feature of modern South African architecture.” – Musa Shangase of Corobrik
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Caption: Metropolis Architects designed this residence at 79 Brommersvlei Road on a site which is the proverbial clearing in the forest. The adjudicators commented that the whole building exuded a quiet and reserved “lightness of being”, and that “this light and tranquil building places emphasis on man’s restorative relationship with nature”.