NALIKAMVA (CAPE TOWN)

The Department of Public Works, Western Cape commissioned the building of a high school in the Western Cape. Many functional yet creative elements were used in the design of the buildings, and these were all coalesced to create an environment of high social interaction- and learning-quality.

LUMKO SSS (East London)

Lumko SSS, in its design, offered the Client and NN Architects the opportunity to make a bold statement about education in today’s society: education needs to be central in everyday life, thus the relative massing of the structures making it highly visible to the surrounding community; education is an orderly endeavor, thus the classical (although reinterpreted) language of the buildings; and, education needs to be a creative pursuit, as shown by the creative use of elements and forms to make up the ‘whole.’

Nkwenkwezi SSS Proposal

SIEMENS requested that a unique educational environment be created for Nkwenkwezi School that “broke the mould” of high school layouts. This was resoundingly achieved by the playful use of form and shape in organizing the programmatical elements on the site. The creative layout design and unique three-dimensional shapes amiably achieved the stated goals of the client.

Funded by SIEMENS

Nkwenkwezi School Proposal

SIEMENS requested that a unique educational environment be created for Nkwenkwezi School that “broke the mould” of high school layouts. This was resoundingly achieved by the playful use of form and shape in organizing the programmatical elements on the site. The creative layout design and unique three-dimensional shapes amiably achieved the stated goals of the client.

Rwantsana JSS (Eastern Cape)

Rwantsana JSS was almost wholly obliterated by a big wind storm in the hills of Transkei. Eskom encouragingly acted to assist in helping to rebuild the school so that the learners could be housed in proper education facilities. NN Architects design a site-specific school that met all of the functional, educational requirements but ensured that it spoke to the deeper sense of spatial and aesthetic value.

Funded by ESKOM

Proposed Housing Development

A proposed housing development catering to the low- to medium-income family range was developed for the non-governmental organization, Intervolve. The project called for a medium density development that looked aesthetically pleasing and spoke to many concerns and aspirations of the community.

Client: Intervolve

Intervolve housing development

NN Architects assisted the non-governmental organization in East London, Intervolve, with the preparation of plans for building and marketing houses specifically targeted for the low- to medium-income family range. The charge by the client was to create a quality product conducive to the broad market, while providing a sense of uniqueness for excited first time (more-than-likely) homeowners. 

Client: Intervolve

Haven Hills

Project: Proposed Housing Development
Client: Intervolve

BCM Rates Hall

Buffalo City Municipality wanted an updated government facility where the general public could access first-rate service in a welcoming environment. As opposed to the old facility, the newly designed one was provided with extra lighting and light coloured floor- and wall finishes to sub-consciously lighten the mood and spirits of its users. The design concept borrowed a little from the actual architectural language of the exterior, originally used to delightfully dress a cinema/bioscope during the middle of the previous century.

Takalani Creche

Bringing great design to the very young in our country is a privilege that does not present itself very often. So when it does occur, full advantage has to be taken of the opportunity! As in the case of Takalani Creche, playful, energetic design was brought to the fore and carried on throughout the project, even with an extremely limited budget.

Nyandeni Municipal Office

The Nyandeni Municipal Offices is an opportunity to showcase the accessibility of government to the surrounding community of Nyandeni, by deconstructing the formal structures of government through “deconstructing” the layout of office and communal space. Besides the creative use of space for the whole complex, the design of the council chambers is said to be a leader in the province with many other municipalities emulating its design.

Mzimkhulu Gateway

The Mzimkhulu Gateway project welcomes the visitor from the north to the town of Mzimkhulu in a stunning manner. The creative use of architectural forms and materials seen as indigenous to South Africa impresses on the visitor a sense of locale in a modern, totally unique way. The design is understated but boldly proclaims “Welcome to a small town in KZN, South Africa”.

Ngangelizwe Clinic

An important consideration in the design of the Ngangelizwe Clinic was to ensure that visitors to the clinic felt “welcomed” to the facility and that it had an inviting entrance. Naturally, another goal of the clinic was to provide up-to-date medical facilities for the surrounding community. Both intentions were solidly met with detailed proportion and scale, as well as the subtle use of different materials to achieve these lofty goals.  

Cofimvaba JS School

Cofimvaba Junior Secondary School was designed to provide students with a first-class learning environment. The school, home to hundreds of students from the surrounding region of Mthatha, projects a modern, uplifting design-ethic meant to inspire young learners to break free from the constraints of poverty and challenges them to dream big and strive for great things in life.

Mzimkhulu Water Facilities

On a limited budget, the office facility for Mzimkhulu Local Municipality and Sisonke District Municipality was designed with efficiency and clarity in mind.  The exterior and interior spaces provide for a comfortable work environment while acknowledging the scale of the surrounding residential environment.

Greater Kokstad Municipality

GKM requested that the upgraded offices offer their clientele offer ease of access, transparency and a sense of modernity. The design and ultimate product enthusiastically met the high demands of the client and end-user, the Greater Kokstad Municipality.

Ex Maluti College Renovations

Ex Maluti College Renovations

The renovations of this ex-College into governmental offices will create regional centres of access for thousands of people. The intention thus was to create facilities of top-class infrastructure and accessibility.

Botha Sigcau Parkade

The design concept of this potentially, extreme utilitarian structure was to convey the progress (forward thinking nature) that the city of Mthatha is embracing.

IDZ Container yard

The core design feature of the building involved the sweeping tubular steel trusses which combined to create ultimate functionality with eye-pleasing aesthetics.

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