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In the penthouse of Sandown Place, lives a gem unbeknown to the average passerby. Medici is a local interior house filled with décor solutions (All of which I would love to put in every room of my house!) As I walked up the stairs and into the top apartment, I…

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University of Pretoria student, Heidi van Eeden, has taken first place in Corobrik’s 27th Architectural Student of the Year Award with her thesis Machinarium: Architecture as a living machine, a 21st century textile mill. At the prestigious annual event which was held at The Maslow, Sandton, this evening (9 April…

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Showers to create a spa feeling   GROHE Power&Soul® showers are packed with patented technologies   GROHE Power&Soul® fuses state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge design to create a supreme shower experience. Its variety of spray patterns allows for perfectly personalised shower sessions, which can be anything from profoundly relaxing to energising and invigorating. The innovative…

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Decorex SA has announced the 2014 Design & Trend Forecast series of talks that are running alongside all its exhibitions this year, with the next installment scheduled for Decorex Cape Town on 25th April. The Design and Trend Forecast is sponsored by leading quartz surfaces manufacturer Caesarstone and features renowned…

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A new fenestration calculation tool lets you put glass back into your design. More and more, architects are cutting down on the creative use of natural light in design to meet the onerous insulation targets prescribed by SANS 204. Or they’re over-specifying glass. Either way, these practices stifle design choice…

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Since experiencing its first recession in seventeen years, the South African economy continues to weather the storms of the economic downturn. As one of the industries that was hardest-hit, most in the construction industry remain vulnerable to the pressures of the 2008 global recession as they struggle to rise above…

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South Africa’s green building movement has gained significant momentum with the achievement of 50 Green Star SA certifications in only six years. The milestone was marked at an event held in Johannesburg on April 10 by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), which was established in 2007 to lead…

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A German architect who designed his luxurious Los Angeles home has been sentenced to three years’ probation and one year in prison for manslaughter. This comes after he was accused of knowingly violated building codes and safety recommendations. His negligence led to the death of Glenn Allen, who served the…

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There is a new legislation coming in to play that will affect all homeowners with pools. Swimming pools, when not in use, will need to be covered or have a floating pool alarm, in order to prevent a large fine or imprisonment.    The legislation will place a lot more…

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