2011 design & build
In 2012 I moved from a tiny two bedroom semi-detached house in Rondebosch to a big old place in Woodstock. The new house has amoung other comforts, a large double garage. Since there is also plenty of parking space in the driveway, the garage soon became a cluttered, messy studio-cum-workshop and along with my housemate Graham, I developed an interest in furniture design and building. Slowly we acquired the tools we needed and began producing one off pieces of furniture for ourselves and a couple of close friends.
The unbalanced bench started as a sketch on the kitchen table one night in April. From that point, all it took was a few lengths of threaded bar, packs of washers and nuts, and some standard 38x38 batons and I could start work on the real thing. About three week on, some drilling, sawing, routing and grinding later, and the finished product was lying on my front veranda.
I like to work with simple, standard materials; with plywood, timber battens, galvanised sheet metal, nails and screws and bolts, and try as much as possible to emphasise the connection points. What I love about this sort of design is how quickly a piece can go from idea to finished product, and since I’m doing all the work myself, I need to be aware throughout the design process of how I’m going to be putting the piece together.
Now see :
54 Dr Langalibalele Dube Street
A commercial high rise building for Durban.
A week long charette, or intensive, oblique design exercise in early May 2015.
A school for children from junior primary to matric, designed to allow learners of all developments and sizes to engage at the level they feel comfortable.
Brew Works Models
Final models depicting my 2015 architectural thesis project
A light, open plan home nestled between rich private green spaces on a small plot in Johannesburg | Xhamai Design
West Coast beach house for a couple who enjoy entertaining | Stage 5 Architects
Grant Street Mixed Use
A small, mixed use building in a strictly protected heritage neighbourhood in the City of Cape Town | Stage 5 Architects
Johannesburg Urban Fabric
A series of maps highlighting different zoning in Gauteng which reveals bands of industrial activities (red), commercial zones (green), and open space and farming (yellow) which intersect just south of the Johannesburg CBD.
Booysens Brew Works programme development and site massing
A Rhinoceros script driven parametric design for the main bridging element between the Booysens Brew Works brewery and distribution buildings.