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7 Acts to look out for at the Design Indaba 2014

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

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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

KUBE architecture receives Special Commendation for Sustainable Construction

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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.

New Google technology could halve Construction Costs

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Google Tel Aviv by Camenzind Evolution

The construction industry accounts for 10% of global GDP. It is the largest consumer of global resources and raw materials – 50% – and global energy supplies – 48%. It also creates the largest amount of global solid waste – 40% – and is responsible for 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the world’s most wasteful industry and the main contributor to the deterioration of the global environment. Continue reading

2013 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards

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Restaurant or Bar in a Heritage Building: Apero / Dexter Moren Associates

Winners of the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced.  Totally independent, the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards receives entries from the UK and world’s top architects, designers and hospitality operators. The award is now in its fifth cycle and has built a reputation for being one of the most prestigious in hospitality. Continue reading

200,000 apply to first ever recruitment for Mars settlement

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On Monday non-profit organisation Mars One closed their first call for volunteer astronauts wanting to travel to the red planet. More than 200 000 from 140 countries applied for a one-way ticket to join a human settlement on mars. Continue reading

Baitogogo by Henrique Oliveira

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photograph by André Morin

A twisted entanglement of tree branches appears to grow organically from the beams of Paris’ Palais de Tokyo museum in this installation by Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. Designed by Henrique Oliveira to look like an impossibly tangled Gordian Knot, the Baitogogo sculpture is installed within an exhibition space at Palais de Tokyo as a mass of tree-like plywood branches. Continue reading

New Residence Burns Beach, Perth

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KUBE architecture recently started working on a new residence in Perth, Australia. The house is located on the beachfront in Burns Beach with uninterrupted views of the ocean to the South-West while fronting onto the pedestrian beach access way to the South-East. These are the first images of what they’ve been busy with. Continue reading

Tydstroom Freezer Facility

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The reach truck loading the first of over 2500 pallets onto the mobile racking system with the temperature maintained at a constant -20 degrees.

Cape Town architects, KUBE are pleased to announce that completion has been achieved at the Tydstroom Freezer Facility in Durbanville. The facility comprises of approximately 1000m2 of cold storage running at -20 degrees centigrade. The floor area is kept to an absolute minimum by introducing a mobile racking system. Not only does this allow the client to stack pallets six high but also reduces the floor area by 50 % compared to more conventional systems. Building costs are therefore reduced by a similar proportion, not to mention the refrigeration costs. Adjacent to the freezer is the +- 200m2 delivery and dispatch component, this being cooled to 10 degrees, balmy in comparison. Continue reading

6 Helpful Hints for Renovating your Home

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Renovating can easily be an intimidating process so we’ve put together a couple of handy hints to get you on the right path. The images of the Herlig Residence,  by Cape Town Architects, KUBE, are courtesy of Johann Lourens Photography. Continue reading

Where are discerning home owners investing?

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Breda Street residence by KUBE architecture , Alterations and Additions, Cape Town.

Many people have been asking what our impression of the state of things in the South African property and construction industry is. So, here are a couple of thoughts…

  • There is an upwards trend in the number of inquiries received regarding alteration-addition type projects, while inquiries for ‘new-builds’ remain low.
  • Real estate values are still dormant and owners who bought at inflated prices have realized that to get a return on their money they need to be patient. The next rung of the real estate ladder will have to wait. Continue reading