We can all learn lots from SA’s first 5* green office building, I did.

off shutter concrete

A week or so ago I visited Aurecon’s recently completed Cape Town office and South Africa’s first 5 Star rated green building and it was fantastic and enlightening. Developed by Rabie it was a breath of fresh air but also a nice reality check to know it’s not a huge paradigm shift to construct a GBCSA rated green building. All the techniques which “we” discuss were incorporated into a quality building. For this architect it was a great injection boost and I loved the south facing restrained minimal feel. Located at a prime location at Century City and why not, I was actually impressed by the infrastructure which has been in place from the get go there, allowing developers and tenants to get a foot on the green ladder before they even start.


my_close your_street

my close

Rushed to get my entry in for the design indaba your_street competition only to find the deadline had been extended. Aghh. But what a great web site and great competition, had a lot of fun preparing and thinking about my idea. Thanks to @clearchange for comment. Fingers crossed.


my favourite - ribs Another picture from a recent site visit. REM_ember where you saw it first.


conc pockets

Here is a photograph taken during my latest site visit at Artscape where GAPP Architects / Urban Designers are carrying out a new roof extension and internal refurbishments. I love trying to capture interesting / abstract / minimalist images, but so often when viewed back at the office they don’t live up to how I perceived them on site. But I love this one, concrete, what do you think? Its my day-job.


b&w is how i feel

Can’t believe its almost been a month since my last post – its just not good enough. Only #3 people visited my site this last week, poor_stats_by_any_standard. Having tooth ache, losing my mojo and trying to design a pool with a R100 budget are just not good enough excuses.

#down_2 #the_last _3

"in the whole world"

Congrats to Cape Town for making it to the last 3 to be the 2014 host of the WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL.

Art reflects architecture – sometimes

love this, very will alsop

Dave Robertson has been painting again and I just love his stuff, especially this one. I see wild cantilevered buildings and an airship floating past in the background.