Category Archives: Architecture

Drawing, thinking landscape – II

  One of my first landscape architecture projects as an undergraduate architecture student: A cultural interpretation centre set amidst the Groot Constantia vineyard, one of the oldest in the Western Cape region of South Africa.      

Drawing, thinking landscape – II

  One of my first landscape architecture projects as an undergraduate architecture student: A cultural interpretation centre set amidst the Groot Constantia vineyard, one of the oldest in the Western Cape region of South Africa.      

Mrashmallows in the sky

The façade treatment of this building stands out as being less common in Maputo, for an apartment bock. The balconies project outward, instead of the more common recessing or “voiding”  (as in the building on right side). They are also

Mrashmallows in the sky

The façade treatment of this building stands out as being less common in Maputo, for an apartment bock. The balconies project outward, instead of the more common recessing or “voiding”  (as in the building on right side). They are also

Tropical take on Memphis

Memphis goes tropical? Interesting to note a similar pastels colour scheme on the stairwell of this building, at the heart of what is increasingly becoming Maputo’s “golden mile”- Av. Julius Nyerere. The building is residential and called Rosas de Moçambique.

Tropical take on Memphis

Memphis goes tropical? Interesting to note a similar pastels colour scheme on the stairwell of this building, at the heart of what is increasingly becoming Maputo’s “golden mile”- Av. Julius Nyerere. The building is residential and called Rosas de Moçambique.

Good bones: Maputo façades

Relevant ugliness.
Small apartment block, possibly from late 1960’s.
This is a modest facade (made ugly by time and lack of maintenance), yet not naked: balconies and recesses are indispensable in this city. It’s about enjoying the good weather – a way of life.
And importantly, protecting openings

Good bones: Maputo façades

Relevant ugliness.
Small apartment block, possibly from late 1960’s.
This is a modest facade (made ugly by time and lack of maintenance), yet not naked: balconies and recesses are indispensable in this city. It’s about enjoying the good weather – a way of life.
And importantly, protecting openings

Drawing, thinking geometry

Thinking through a problem, with sketches. Extension to an existing house, which presents disparate geometries and tiled roofs. How to reconcile old and new?

Curves are difficult, and I am currently exploring perfect solids (to be voided) and a window protection detail with projecting arch.

Drawing, thinking geometry

Thinking through a problem, with sketches. Extension to an existing house, which presents disparate geometries and tiled roofs. How to reconcile old and new?

Curves are difficult, and I am currently exploring perfect solids (to be voided) and a window protection detail with projecting arch.

Good bones: Maputo apartments

  Maputo has many of these small apartments blocks, mostly built in the ’60’s and ’70’s. The typology is representative of a very specific way of thinking about urban living, where medium density is encouraged in buildings of 3-4 storeys in height, with

Good bones: Maputo apartments

  Maputo has many of these small apartments blocks, mostly built in the ’60’s and ’70’s. The typology is representative of a very specific way of thinking about urban living, where medium density is encouraged in buildings of 3-4 storeys in height, with

Finishes palettes: Common ground

  Selecting material finishes for buildings, and presenting them to Clients, is not always easy. A frequent complaint from Clients is that they can’t see the full picture, or how everything comes together. In preparation for the actual product samples presentation, I find

Finishes palettes: Common ground

  Selecting material finishes for buildings, and presenting them to Clients, is not always easy. A frequent complaint from Clients is that they can’t see the full picture, or how everything comes together. In preparation for the actual product samples presentation, I find

Drawing, thinking human experience

A simple building addressing a basic need: ablutions next to the beach in Maputo (read more about it here).

Drawing, thinking human experience

A simple building addressing a basic need: ablutions next to the beach in Maputo (read more about it here).

Drawing, thinking landscape

The hand helps the mind to see: preparatory sketch for the the Un-restricting Simons Town competition (read here about it).

Drawing, thinking landscape

The hand helps the mind to see: preparatory sketch for the the Un-restricting Simons Town competition (read here about it).

Competition II: Building Envelope for Housing Scheme

With Nelia Fassen and Joanne Stranack In my first week at Stauch Vorster Architects (Cape Town) in early June, we had an in-house competition to tackle a new low-cost housing development out in Belhar, Western Cape. The spatial arrangement of

Competition II: Building Envelope for Housing Scheme

With Nelia Fassen and Joanne Stranack In my first week at Stauch Vorster Architects (Cape Town) in early June, we had an in-house competition to tackle a new low-cost housing development out in Belhar, Western Cape. The spatial arrangement of

Competition I: Un-Restricting Simon’s Town

With Evandro Schwalbach, John Edwards and Katlego Motene The organization Architecture for Humanity launched a challenge in 2011,  extended into August 2012: [un]restricted access – to re-imagine new uses for de-comissioned military installations anywhere in the world, that would benefit

Competition I: Un-Restricting Simon’s Town

With Evandro Schwalbach, John Edwards and Katlego Motene The organization Architecture for Humanity launched a challenge in 2011,  extended into August 2012: [un]restricted access – to re-imagine new uses for de-comissioned military installations anywhere in the world, that would benefit

Portfolio highlight: Cardboard House by S+P

Whilst a student intern at the Australian firm Stutchbury + Pape Architecture | Landscape Architecture in 2004, I was fortunate enough to be part of the team involved in researching and conceptualizing a residential prototype made of paper / cardboard,

Portfolio highlight: Cardboard House by S+P

Whilst a student intern at the Australian firm Stutchbury + Pape Architecture | Landscape Architecture in 2004, I was fortunate enough to be part of the team involved in researching and conceptualizing a residential prototype made of paper / cardboard,

Portfolio preview

I am currently compiling a print version of my portfolio, highlighting projects across all five categories present in this blog. More preview images here.

Portfolio preview

I am currently compiling a print version of my portfolio, highlighting projects across all five categories present in this blog. More preview images here.

Article: Addition to Cape Town Society for the Blind

Article (with Kevin Porter of Jakupa) : “Addition to Cape Town Society for the Blind” in DIGEST of South African Architecture – A Review of Work Completed in 2010 (Cape Town: 2011). View more photos here and read more about the

Article: Addition to Cape Town Society for the Blind

Article (with Kevin Porter of Jakupa) : “Addition to Cape Town Society for the Blind” in DIGEST of South African Architecture – A Review of Work Completed in 2010 (Cape Town: 2011). View more photos here and read more about the

Employment at Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers (2007-2009)

I worked at Cape Town-based Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers immediately after graduating from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a BArch. Between 2007 and 2009, I occupied a Junior Architect position at Jakupa, and was project architect for two buildings, from

Employment at Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers (2007-2009)

I worked at Cape Town-based Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers immediately after graduating from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a BArch. Between 2007 and 2009, I occupied a Junior Architect position at Jakupa, and was project architect for two buildings, from

Alterations and Additions to Cape Town Society for the Blind (at Jakupa, in 2007-2009)

The Cape Town Society for the Blind – Alterations and Additions for the construction of New Craft Workshops, 45 Salt River Rd, Salt River, Cape Town. Project involvement: 2007-2009: Project Architect: Stage 3 – 5 (design development to contract administration). An alterations

Alterations and Additions to Cape Town Society for the Blind (at Jakupa, in 2007-2009)

The Cape Town Society for the Blind – Alterations and Additions for the construction of New Craft Workshops, 45 Salt River Rd, Salt River, Cape Town. Project involvement: 2007-2009: Project Architect: Stage 3 – 5 (design development to contract administration). An alterations

House Daniels (at Jakupa, in 2009)

House Daniels – Alterations and Additions, 11 Norwood Ave, Athlone, Cape Town | Project involvement: 2009: Project Architect: Stage 1 & 2 (brief appraisal to concept design). An alterations and additions project for a residence. It is the owner’s childhood home, who has grown completely blind

House Daniels (at Jakupa, in 2009)

House Daniels – Alterations and Additions, 11 Norwood Ave, Athlone, Cape Town | Project involvement: 2009: Project Architect: Stage 1 & 2 (brief appraisal to concept design). An alterations and additions project for a residence. It is the owner’s childhood home, who has grown completely blind

New Eerste River Municipal Clinic (at Jakupa, in 2009)

 New Municipal Clinic in Eerste River, ERF 105 Crn. Bob’s Way and Beverly Roads, Eerste River. Project involvement: 2009: Project Architect: Stage 2 – 4 (concept design to tender documentation). Project for a new clinic, adjacent to an existing library and soon

New Eerste River Municipal Clinic (at Jakupa, in 2009)

 New Municipal Clinic in Eerste River, ERF 105 Crn. Bob’s Way and Beverly Roads, Eerste River. Project involvement: 2009: Project Architect: Stage 2 – 4 (concept design to tender documentation). Project for a new clinic, adjacent to an existing library and soon

New Public Transport Shared Services Centre – PTSSC (at Jakupa, in 2008)

  New Public Transport Shared Services Centre (PTSSC), ERF 68505, Athlone, Cape Town Project involvement: 2008: selection of interior and exterior material finishes, wall and flooring products and colour co-ordination concept for the building. Materials were chosen to address uses of

New Public Transport Shared Services Centre – PTSSC (at Jakupa, in 2008)

  New Public Transport Shared Services Centre (PTSSC), ERF 68505, Athlone, Cape Town Project involvement: 2008: selection of interior and exterior material finishes, wall and flooring products and colour co-ordination concept for the building. Materials were chosen to address uses of

New Tourist Information Centre and Accommodation, Kammiesberg NC (at Jakupa, in 2008)

New Tourist Information Centre and Accommodation, Kammiesberg, Northern Cape Project involvement: 2008: assisted Senior Architect with design development and drawings. The Information Centre is the second of two intended projects for Kammiesberg, the first one being the renovation of a farm on the outskirts

New Tourist Information Centre and Accommodation, Kammiesberg NC (at Jakupa, in 2008)

New Tourist Information Centre and Accommodation, Kammiesberg, Northern Cape Project involvement: 2008: assisted Senior Architect with design development and drawings. The Information Centre is the second of two intended projects for Kammiesberg, the first one being the renovation of a farm on the outskirts

New Kwa-Zulu Natal Craft Hub (at Jakupa, in 2008)

 New Kwa-Zulu Natal Craft Hub, 84 Smit Street, Durban City Centre |  Project involvement: 2008: Project Architect: concept design and presentation material for a proposed new craft hub, to be housed in an existing building to convert. [Image source: Jakupa

New Kwa-Zulu Natal Craft Hub (at Jakupa, in 2008)

 New Kwa-Zulu Natal Craft Hub, 84 Smit Street, Durban City Centre |  Project involvement: 2008: Project Architect: concept design and presentation material for a proposed new craft hub, to be housed in an existing building to convert. [Image source: Jakupa

Green Point Stadium Common (at Jakupa, in 2007)

Green Point Stadium Common, Green Point, Cape Town |  Project involvement: 2007: assisted Senior Architect with concept design presentation drawings. The Common was designed as the urban environment around the new Green Point Stadium, built as one of the host stadiums for

Green Point Stadium Common (at Jakupa, in 2007)

Green Point Stadium Common, Green Point, Cape Town |  Project involvement: 2007: assisted Senior Architect with concept design presentation drawings. The Common was designed as the urban environment around the new Green Point Stadium, built as one of the host stadiums for

Memorial to Absence: District Six, Cape Town (BArch Thesis, UCT, 2006)

Memorial to Absence: District Six, Cape Town – BArch Thesis (UCT, November 2006) Synopsis: A memorial is built so that one can never forget. The absence of District Six from Cape Town’s urban life and fabric is a loss which

Memorial to Absence: District Six, Cape Town (BArch Thesis, UCT, 2006)

Memorial to Absence: District Six, Cape Town – BArch Thesis (UCT, November 2006) Synopsis: A memorial is built so that one can never forget. The absence of District Six from Cape Town’s urban life and fabric is a loss which

“Memorial to Absence: District Six, Cape Town” in the Press

Memorial to Absence: District Six (2006) in the Press: Print: District Six design a winner by John Yeld, in Cape Argus 04 January 2007  Online: District Six design scoops award by John Yeld, posted on 04 January 2007, in http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/district-six-design-scoops-award-1.309678 

“Memorial to Absence: District Six, Cape Town” in the Press

Memorial to Absence: District Six (2006) in the Press: Print: District Six design a winner by John Yeld, in Cape Argus 04 January 2007  Online: District Six design scoops award by John Yeld, posted on 04 January 2007, in http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/district-six-design-scoops-award-1.309678 

Sports Centre in the Marginal, Maputo

 Semester BArch5, UCT, 2005 –  The brief called for a sports centre in the developing world, which would be low maintenance and make sense for the local environmental and social conditions of the place. This was an international competition, which was

Sports Centre in the Marginal, Maputo

 Semester BArch5, UCT, 2005 –  The brief called for a sports centre in the developing world, which would be low maintenance and make sense for the local environmental and social conditions of the place. This was an international competition, which was

Touch Therapy Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town

Semesters BAS 5&6 at UCT, 2003 – This is the mini-thesis produced at the end of my three-year under-grad degree at UCT. The building programme promoted healing through massage styles, chiropractic and other techniques such as dance, that encourage contact between therapist and client

Touch Therapy Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town

Semesters BAS 5&6 at UCT, 2003 – This is the mini-thesis produced at the end of my three-year under-grad degree at UCT. The building programme promoted healing through massage styles, chiropractic and other techniques such as dance, that encourage contact between therapist and client