Archive for the ‘ South Africa ’ Category

Bay Walk

WDC 2014. Very happy to have our idea recognized. Watch this space.

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Coffers, what Waffle?

These coffer pots are mesmerizing and appear to stretch for miles. Been trying to take arty photographs from building site I’ve worked on over the years. Not to sure how arty it is. This is taken from my current project which I have been working on for the last year. It’s the ground floor construction of a Shopping Center complex. Here in SA they call this type of construction coffer slabs, but sometimes I lapse back into my UK brain and call them waffles, which I did the other day. The design team looked at me with very puzzled faces! This is also my first post from an iPhone – hope it works. Well it didn’t, sending the old way, from our computer at home. Can you believe i consider this old and slow.

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A year ago yesterday I moved to dhk

Phew, has a year passed so quick. Now working in a dynamic and buzzing office called dhk.  I have been exclusively working on a shopping center project in Johannesburg called Dainfern Square due for completion in April 2015. Its hectic but great to be in charge.

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The Unique Western Cape

Western Cape

Being Scottish who would have thought the Cape had such diverse communities. When I was on site in the Contractors Office this picture just summed up the Cape for me.

The Doc

Its been a while since i wrote, but this morning i had one hell of an inspiration injection. I heard Dr Mamphela Ramphele talk on the radio and WOW, WOW, WOW. Not that i’ve heard a barrow full of speech makers of late but what an eloquent, straight to the point and “talker of the obvious”.

Viva La Doc, Viva.

Is my Tree House a Green Building?

Modularisation – that’s what came to mind when the builder was removing redundant acoustic panels from a rehearsal space on a refurbishment project I am working on. These 1.2m x 1.2m panels could be “clipped” together to make a tree house for my kids. It was with great satisfaction last weekend and the invaluable help of a local joiner Vincent, that my kids moved into their recycled tree house. They had been waiting patiently all weekend to see it realized.
So the ingredients are – 8 acoustic panels, scaffolding board, old gum polls, various bits of wood, handle and hinges found in my tool box. Purchases from local hardware store – screws, sand and cement, rafters and corrugated sheeting.

Cape STORM in a TEA CUP

ImageImageWell, the proposed new Chapman’s Peak Toll Booth and Offices have caused a huge storm here in Hout Bay. A huge march to the site took place yesterday to show the communities concern. Personally I think the proposal is actually quite sensitive and sympathetic, the current set up is actually an embarrassment for such an attraction. Faded plastic cream toll booths siting so high up that you can barely reach up to pay your money and metal containers for offices. I don’t think many of the protesters work in such circumstances. Everyone is up in arms about building in a national park but almost all parks need support buildings in order to entice the public in and carry out the running of the park.

Things have gone a little skew when a two storey building with the top floor set back is called an office block. The cost of the buildings also needs to be put into perspective, the building and tolls cost R13m, but fair enough the overall cost is R53m, but come on, in the scope of things this is nothing when you consider other projects country wide. Maybe the protesters should be lobbying the government department which funds housing. Just my thoughts!