• Leading Architecture & Design December 2021/January 2022

    It wasn’t until the very last moment before we went to print that the thread connecting the designs in this issue became clear to me. They all manage, in quite different ways, to be bold and distinctive while receding respectfully into their settings. On the cover, Agora 202 in Observatory in Cape Town by Two Five Five Architects combines clever camouflage techniques while picking up a contemporary take on the heritage of brightly coloured row houses in the city – so its boldness is in keeping with the character of the area. Also in Cape Town, Clifton Terraces by SAOTA steps back and twists on its steep site, creating a sleek architectural addition to cliffside setting, while simultaneously remaining invisible to it neighbours. The Neighbourhood Square by Boogertman + Partners carefully integrates all the beautiful, well-established trees from the site’s former incarnation as a golfcourse fairway, while its detailing and execution is so elegant that it becomes a thing of beauty itself. And lastly, Ditiro House, the first phase of the Tlhabane Mixed Use Precinct in Rustenburg by MMA Design Studio, injects presence into the growing precinct while simultaneously reconciling its immediate context and distant views with sensitivity and insight. It’s wonderful seeing opposites being resolved with such intelligence and beauty.

  • THE BRIEF
    12
    CLIFTON TERRACES
    14
    DITIRO HOUSE
    18
    AGORA 202
    22
    THE NEIGHBOURHOOD SQUARE
    26
    DOORS & WINDOWS
    30
    WATER MANAGEMENT
    42
    WATERPROOFING
    44
    ROOFING & CLADDING
    46
    LANDSCAPING
    52
    DRAWING BOARD
    56
    FEATURED DESIGN
    74
  • THE BRIEF
    12

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