Boogertman and Partners received five South African Property Owners Association Awards this year. The prize giving took place in May 2015 at the annual South African Property Owners Association Congress, which was held in Durban at the ICC.
The Steyn City Clubhouse was a winner in the development category of ‘Other’. The project team of Wessel van Dyk (Design Director); Jean Grobler (Project Architect); Ridhwaan Essa (Architect) of Boogertman and Partners Architects said that, “The Clubhouse utilises the landscape to create shelter and space, blurring the boundaries between natural and built, achieving a constant connection with nature.”
They explained that labour is sourced from the neighbouring areas of Diepsloot and Cosmo City, whose residents are taught skills to enable their involvement in the building process, and foster education with a view to creating long term employment opportunities and sustainable empowerment.
Utilising materials excavated from site to create the gabion walls which form the building’s wall cladding, the structure integrates with its surroundings and the indigenous landscape, creating architecture that is responsive, sensitive, functional and ecological. “Emphasis is placed on the latest innovations in lighting, shade, heat reclaim and distribution, grey water utilisation, recycling and reuse of building materials and greening of the architectural facades, in order to achieve environmental and financial sustainability,” said van Dyk.
The grassland sweeps over the architecture, and merges with its surroundings by exploiting the slope of the land to intentionally reduce its scale. The fragmentation of the building components enhances its connection with nature by juxtaposing the buildings organic shapes with the landscape. This achieves a harmonious synergy between nature and the architecture embedded within it.
The Steyn City Clubhouse is shortlisted for entry in the Sport category at this year’s globally recognised WAF that will take place from 4 - 6 November at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
WAF is the largest international architectural event dedicated to celebrating excellence and includes the most established architectural awards programme in the world.
All entrants are exhibited in the WAF awards gallery to be viewed by a global architecture community of more than 2000 architects from over 60 countries in attendance.
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The first residents of Steyn City recently received their keys, in a marked milestone for the construction of the continent’s biggest lifestyle resort, Steyn City. The environmentally- friendly development allows prospective residents to choose between three residential options ranging from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments to cluster homes and stands that will allow buyers to build their own homes according to their individual preferences.
Leigh Hindshaw, the first tenant said that the first week she moved in she went running with her husband. “It was mind blowing, like being in a fantasy land, the more we ran the more incredible it was. It’s truly such a special place, we were amazed by the bird life and the streams, running under the under passes and seeing the mosaics, the art. It’s like being in a holiday resort. It doesn’t compare to anything I have seen or lived in, just amazing. We took our kids to the play area, they had a ball; we went to the clubhouse and found the prices incredibly reasonable, stunning friendly staff. Steyn City has really exceeded our expectations, it is just phenomenal”.
The upgrade of the William Nicol is almost complete although further upgrades right through to the N14 are underway. The focus has now shifted to the upgrading of Cedar Road from the western entrance of Steyn City to the Broadacres Shopping Centre.
Cedar Road is a significant provincial arterial linking the Lanseria area with the Fourways Precinct passing Steyn City, Dainfern, Chartwell, Broadacres and Lonehill. It also serves as the primary access route to the Fourways Life Hospital.
Steyn City Development Company commissioned the WSP Group at an early stage in the project to investigate the feasibility for the upgrading of Cedar Road as part of their investment in the transport infrastructure for the region.
Initial review revealed the existing Cedar Road was in a bad state from a pavement structure perspective.
Considering the works required for the upgrading and rehabilitation of the route Steyn City requested to assist with the upgrading of Cedar Road.
The project includes doubling the road to four lanes, two per direction, from Runnymead up to Valley Road. At intersections, additional turning lanes will be constructed and traffic signals installed at the intersections of Valley Road, Third Ave, Gateside Ave and Steyn City Access Road.
The contract value for the first phase for the upgrading of Cedar Road is R86million, of which Steyn City is contributing a third. The project will run for nine months and will be completed in February 2016.
Phase 2 from the Broadacres Shopping Centre to One Life Hospital will be initiated to coincide with the initiation of the first phase of the project.
Father’s Day Winter Warmers at Mandela Park fell on 2015 Winter Solstice and could not have been a more delightful occasion – it was one of the Highveld’s perfect winter days as temperatures reached mid 20s at midday and visitors sat in the balmy winter sunshine.
Local band Saving Silence entertained the young and old, and outdoor stalls served a selection of handcrafted beers and fine wines. There was plenty of activity for the children whether on their own bikes, skateboards, or climbing over the new jungle gyms in Mandela Park.
The Deli served a hot buffet throughout the day... and the atmosphere was conducive to a relaxed family outing - perfect for all great Dads!