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Architecture in South Africa

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of South African Architecture.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across South Africa. The focus is on contemporary South Africa buildings.

We have 2 pages of South Africa Architecture selections.

South African Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

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South African Building – Latest Designs

Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Kloof 151, Clifton, Cape Town – 25 Jul 2013
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Kloof 151 Clifton Cape Town
photo : SAOTA
The client’s brief was for a family home with a guest and a ‘work-from-home’ wing spread over two levels. The home was not only to enjoy the dramatic views of the Clifton beaches, but also to engage with the natural fynbos on the slopes of Lion’s Head to the North.

Clifton Beach Apartment, Cape Town – 12 Jul 2013
Design: ANTONI ASSOCIATES Architects
Clifton Beach Building - South African Architecture
photo : Adam Letch
This waterfront project combines elegance, luxury and sophistication in a beach front property located along one of the pristine beaches of Cape Town. The Client’s brief was to renovate a ground floor double level apartment in a newly constructed luxury complex. The design of the original unit felt constricted and the Client wanted to add a fourth master bedroom suite.

De Wet 34, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA
De Wet 34 Cape Town - South African Architecture
photo : Adam Letch
De Wet 34 – 7 May 2013
The site is positioned in the heart of Bantry Bay in Cape Town, on the slopes of Lion’s Head overlooking the bay. The brief was to create a home with all the spectacle of an Atlantic Seaboard showpiece but also to respond to the practical needs of family life and to create a feeling of sanctuary.

Brian Road Residence, Morningside, Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House in Morningside Johannesburg - South African Architecture
photo from architect
Brian Road Residence – 29 Apr 2013
This 1960’s home, located in a prime area in a quiet cul-de sac of Johannesburg has been completely renovated. The glass wall between the living areas and the lanai folds completely away to create one huge living space, with the second lounge area leading onto the garden, and the dining opening onto the moat.

Head Road 1815, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA Architects
New House in South Africa
photo : SAOTA
New House in South Africa – 5 Apr 2013
The house includes three storeys accommodating three en-suite guest suites on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace. The kitchen is positioned to enjoy views through the glass roof towards Lion’s Head. The entrance hall is accessed by gentle steps from Head Road preceded by a glass-roofed external lobby space. The second floor accommodates the master bedroom, dressing room and a light-filled en-suite with views over the pool below.

House Aboobaker, Limpopo
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Aboobaker - South Africa Architecture
photo : David Ross + Nico van der Meulen
House Aboobaker – 21 Feb 2013
The client approached the architects to redesign and style their outdated home in Limpopo. It is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn where the heat is excessive, particularly in the summer months, and requires specialized treatment in ensuring an alteration and addition that will take these factors into consideration.

Clifton View 7, Cape Town
Clifton View 7 Cape Town House
photo : Adam Letch
Clifton View 7 House – 4 Feb 2013
Access is gained to the apartment on the upper level. The dining room, living room and kitchen are open plan and have direct access to the extensive terrace. Moving through the apartment is a journey of styles and ideas that all fuse together to make the apartment a tailored and personally nuanced space

Plett 6541 + 2, The Robberg, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Plettenberg Bay Residence - South African Architecture
photo : SAOTA
House at Plettenberg Bay – 7 Dec 2012
The clients requested a 6-bedroomed family home with understated elegance and quiet grandeur, indoor / outdoor living spaces and uninterrupted views, with a ”lived-in beach-house” feel. The beach-front site is subject to hot summers and moderate winters, with a cooling on-shore breeze, from the Northeast. Taking advantage of the large dune across the majority of the site, the views were maximised by elevating the living levels to above natural ground level.

Head Road 1816, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA Architects
Cape Town House
photo : Adam Letch
Head Road 1816 – 22 Nov 2012
The clients required a four bedroom home for their young family, the design of which had to encapsulate all the qualities of luxury open-plan living while still providing a homely environment.
The practicalities of the site – steepness and town planning restrictions – were key initial drivers in determining the parameters available. The narrow proportion of the property also necessitated the careful consideration of privacy and bedroom accommodation, which is set back from the street or suitably screened.

Glen Higgovale, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Higgovale Cape Town House - South African Architecture
photo : Adam Letch
Glen Higgovale – 29 Oct 2012
The clients who lived in an existing house on the property needed to rebuild the house in order to suit the demands of their family. The site on Glen Avenue in Higgovale faces in a Northerly direction, with its boundaries on the Southeast. Although the wind conditions are tough, the site’s moderate slope allows the design to engage with different levels of the garden adjacent to the areas of the three level lounge.

Clifton House, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Clifton House
photo : SAOTA & Adam Letch
Clifton House – 14 Aug 2012
The clients, a British couple living in Cape Town, requested a six-bedroom, seven-level home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain. The lower levels of the existing structure were totally remodelled while the upper level was demolished to allow for two new levels.

The Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Johannesburg
Design: afritects
The Soweto Theatre Johannesburg Building
photo : Leon Krige
The Soweto Theatre – 13 Aug 2012
This building is in the heart of the culturally rich Jabulani CBD precinct Soweto, South Africa. The precinct is being redeveloped by the City of Joburg Property Company SOC (JPC) into a high density, mixed use and vibrant neighbourhood comprising of over 200 000m2 of new commercial and residential development. The objectives for this project were to provide a fitting and versatile venue for the advancement and sharing of arts and culture in the area, and to assist in furthering the economic and social development of arts and culture in the area.

Cove 3, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape
SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Knysna Property - South African Architecture
photo : Micky Hoyle COURTESY OF VISI
Cove 3 House – 19 Mar 2012
Situated in The Cove at Pezula Estate outside Knysna, on the West Coast of South Africa, this family home enjoys sea views to the East and South. The idea was to create a living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site. The roof is set at a high level so that it is hidden from the living space, creating the illusion that one is surrounded by the landscape. A triangular cut-out in the roof connects one with the sky.

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Featured South Africa Buildings, alphabetical:

Circa on Jellicoe Building, Johannesburg
studioMAS architects + urban designers
Circa on Jellicoe - South African Architecture
photo : Tristan McLaren
Circa on Jellicoe Building

Cove 6, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape
SAOTA Architects
Knysna Building - South African Architecture
photo from architects
Cove 6 House

Durban Stadium
gmp Architekten
Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban
picture © Marcus Bredt, Berlin
Durban Stadium

The Freedom Park, South Africa
GAPP Architects / Urban Designers
Freedom Park
picture from architect
Freedom Park Building

Glass House, Johannesburg
Nico van der Meulen Architects
Glasshouse Johannesburg
picture from architect
Glasshouse Johannesburg

House Wright, Durban
House Wright  - South African Architecture
photo from architects
South African House

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre
Peter Rich Architects
South African Interpretation Centre
picture from organisers
South African Interpretation Centre

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
gmp Architekten
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
picture © Marcus Bredt, Berlin
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
BUE + Partners iwith Populous
Soccer City South Africa
image : BUE + Ptnrs / Populous
Soccer City Stadium Building

Tyhume Valley Theatre Building
Ryder Architecture
Tyhume Theatre
image from architect
South Africa Theatre Building, Eastern Cape

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