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.