“Each shed is shifted to allow light through the roof and walls which renders the interior space a warm dignified working environment and ameliorates its industrial aesthetic. This is its biggest accomplishment and a quality that is so often absent in these architectural building types. “
2019 AFA Booklet, Cape Institute for Architects
On Wednesday evening KUBE architecture received an Architectural Award of Merit from the Cape Institute of Architecture. The award which acknowledges excellence and noteworthy contributions to the field of architecture was conferred at the CIFA Awards for Architecture held at the Cape Institute for Architecture. All submissions and Award Winners are exhibited for public viewing at The Architect Gallery, 71 Hout street.
You can find out more about the Award Winning Mouton Citrus Packing Facility here
The full write up as issued by the Cape Institute for Architects follows:
The Harrington is located in the East city precinct of Cape Town. The area has silently been growing in popularity with creatives and corporates alike. Earmarked by the city as a special design and development district, the area has slowly evolved into a breeding ground for small businesses . KUBE architecture was appointed by BLEND property group to assist with the refurbishment of then titled “Harrington House” completed in 2018. The String installation is located at the entrance to the Open 24 Hours Gallery which also doubles as the foyer to The Harrington. Martin Epstein, of Blend worked closely with artist Morne Visagie to refine the details and achieve the desired effect.
KUBE architecture was approached by Mouton Citrus to develop a new citrus packing facility. The architects had previously developed an affinity for the area after working on the alterations and additions to the existing Mouton packing facility, just outside Citrusdal, +/-200km from Cape Town. When the opportunity arose to develop a new green fields project, they were able to draw on their experience and knowledge of local conditions. Construction on the second phase of Mouton Citrus began in early 2018, with the clients need for additional automated citrus processing on site. Continue reading →
KUBE architecture recently completed a new residence in the Waters Edge Estate Blouberg. The external architectural character was dictated by the architectural guidelines as set by the estate. A pallet of neutral tones and materials retains the focus on the scenic beauty of the area and the Atlantic ocean. Mass components establish the presence of the unit in its context while the contrasting delicate, light timber elements reiterate the humble yet hardy nature of the Cape fynbos fauna and flora.
KUBE architecture recently assisted with the realization of the Tiny Empire Co-Working Experience in the trendy East City precinct of Cape Town. Located at street level in Wolroy House, a Cape Victorian style building, the space will be co-inhabited by Tiny Empire, Mother City Hardware and Deluxe Coffee Works adding to the precinct’s reputation as the Cape Town Coffee hub. Continue reading →
The East city precinct has silently grown in popularity with creatives and corporates alike. Earmarked by the city as a special design and development district, the Cape Town coffee capital has slowly been cultivating its culture with major role players such as Haas and the steampunk inspired Truth claiming their piece of the sidewalk. Cultural bodies such as the Cape Town City Hall, the Central Library and the District 6 Museum have been drawing locals and tourists alike to the area while the Cape Technicon has ensured that the area is fueled by a steady flow of fresh intellectual capital. Bree street and the foreshore have been taking the lion’s share of the spotlight, but competitive property prices and potential is what drew the attention of the Blend Property Group to this sector of the city. Continue reading →
Residence 1485, a new edition to the KUBE architecture portfolio is nestled in the mountains overlooking the town of Franschoek. The appointment is the result of an invited competition. You can see the original entry here. With neighbours Chamonix Wine Estate and Black Elephant Winters the location suggests a lifestyle of congeniality, Continue reading →
This year’s version of the local and international talent showcase is nearly upon us and with Cape Town being the 2014 World Design Capital, it should prove to be something quite special. The main event will run from 26-28 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and these are some of the acts which we believe are worth a closer look.
THE DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE
1. Scholten & Baijings
Stefan Scholten & Carole Baijings are a Dutch design duo creating passion driven products. Blankets, carpets, bed and table linens, ceramics and glass have all been given a new perspective through innovative materials and color. Continue reading →
The FynBloem Protea Packing Facility, designed by Cape Town based architectural Practice KUBE architecture, received a highly commended award in this year’s ‘AfriSam Sustainable Construction’ category. The project, which acts as the face of the FynBloem brand uses creative initiatives to lessen the environmental impact and increase sustainability, not only during construction but also in the everyday running of the facility. The facility was also awarded the CSR award for Socially Responsible Development! You can read more about what makes this project so successful here.