PART 1 of 5 Corobrik-SAIA Awards celebrate architectural excellence
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Corobrik SAIA Awards
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South Africa's talented architects were recently acknowledged the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit at a gala dinner at the ICC Durban on 1 August
Corobrik SAIA Awards
Presented by Corobrik and the South African Institute for Architects (SAIA), the awards represent the highest accolade that can be awarded for a building in South Africa.
"It is wonderful to note that the majority of the projects submitted by our members were of an exceptionally high standard," said SAIA president, Sindile Ngonyama. "Several office-bearers from the International Union of Architects, who are currently in Durban for their world congress, attended our awards evening and it was apparent that they supported the adjudicating panel's view that the winning projects were on a par with outstanding architectural design globally."
The competition is open to SAIA members nationally who enter their best work. The Corobrik-SAIA Awards for Excellence, the highest tributes, recognise exceptional contributions to the field of architecture. These awards have been presented every two years since their introduction in 1990. The Awards of Merit, introduced in 1999, acknowledge good design or a significant architectural achievement. The awards cycle begins with Awards for Architecture presented by SAIA regional institutes in the first year, followed by the Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit and Excellence the second year.
Eight Awards of Excellence, 14 Awards of Merit and two Special Commendations were bestowed on the architects responsible for 24 projects selected from 49 entries from eight SAIA regions. The winning projects ranged from residential units and public buildings to the restoration of heritage sites and an academic research project.
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"This year's successful submissions talked not only to materiality, programmatic requirements, the employment of resources and the application of socio-cultural debates, but also engaged and articulated the day-to-day intellectual and topical discourse of our ever-changing biophysical environment," Ngonyama said.
He acknowledged the valued support of Corobrik, South Africa's leading brick manufacturers, who have sponsored the prestigious awards programme since its inception.
Peter Kidger of Corobrik said, "We are delighted, as a patron of architecture and sponsor of the awards programme to honour these fine examples of great, recent architecture in this country."
"South Africa presents architects with exciting challenges by virtue of its varying typography and climate, often limited budgets and an evolving multicultural society where public architecture is required to be engaging, transformative and inclusive," he said.
"Architects are also faced with the significant design and specification considerations surrounding climate change, ensuring that we use non-renewable resources more effectively and tread with greater circumspection on our planet."
"Each of the winning projects has successfully addressed these challenges," Kidger said. "They have presented an architecture founded on sound programmes, in context, demonstrating resource efficiency that extends into the future and using materials that are innovative and appropriate."
WITS Art Museum
Corobrik SAIA Awards
to view a selection of photos from the Awards.
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Taxi Rank No.2, Diepsloot, Johannesburg: 26' 10 south Architects.
House Gauche, Silver Lakes Golf Estate, Pretoria: Earthworld Architects CC.
Awards of Merit
Auditorium for the School of Agriculture, Alice Campus, University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape: Ngonyama Okpanum & Associates (Pty) Ltd.
Helenvale multi-purpose community centre, Port Elizabeth: The Matrix.. .CC Urban Designers and Architects.
Walmer Link Social Housing Development, Port Elizabeth: Erik Voight Architects.
Weekend Hide, Rosendal, Free State: Carmen Dickens Architect.
UFS Department of Architecture, Free State: Typology Architects CC.
Studio home, Brixton, Johannesburg: 26'10 south Architects.
'African Identity in Post-Apartheid Public Architecture - White Skin, Black Masks': citation for research dissertation by Professor Jonathan Noble.
House 'Kleine Schuur', Parktown, Johannesburg:, Office 24/7.
SEED Library, Alexandra, Gauteng: Architects of Justice.
Hopewell Visitors' Centre near Port Elizabeth: Richard Stretton CC T/A Koop Design.
New Architecture wing, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria: Crafford & Crafford Argitekte.
Ten on Lane, Polokwane: studioMAS Architects & Urban Designers.
Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg: Cohen & Garson, Architects.
Dunkirk Beach Club House, KwaZulu-Natal: Designworkshop : SA, Architects.
Awards of Excellence
UNISA Phase 2, Cape Town:MSa Michele Sandilands Architects.
New additions to St Cyprian's Girls School, Cape Town: Noero Wolff Architects.
Babylonstoren between Klapmuts and Simondium, Western Cape: Malherbe Rust Architects CC.
//HAPO_ Freedom Park Museum, Tshwane: Office of Collaborative Architects (GAPP Architects and Urban Designers, Mashabane Rose
+ Associates and MMA Architects CC).
Springfield Convent School pre-school campus, Cape Town: CCNI Architects.
Dunkirk All Suites Hotel, KwaZulu-Natal: Designworkshop : SA, Architects.
House Kleynhans, Marble Hall, Pretoria: Thomas Gouws Architects & Interiors.
House Snyders, Blair Athol Estate, Johannesburg: W Design Architecture Studio CC.
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