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Cape Institute For Architecture Award Winners Announced

The Cape Institute for Architecture has revealed its Architecture Award winners for 2019, showcasing some brilliant local talent in architectural design.

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Every second year, the Cape Institute for Architecture (CifA) announces its Architecture Award winners, in order to recognise and promote excellence in the field of architecture.

Says Architecture Award panel convener Kevin Gadd about the wide range of 94 submissions for the current competition, 'This incredible effort by our members is immensely encouraging. Equally encouraging is the fact that the submissions no longer reflect a dominance of private residential buildings.'

This year's entries for the awards included a range of buildings from industrial and educational to hospitality, along with three books. The architectural submissions represent and address the pressing social issues our country faces, which include spatial inequalities.

'It is encouraging for our profession to see this work put forward and it would be tremendous to see more of this work represented in future awards,' says Gadd.

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The 94 submissions were narrowed down to 33 and out of these, 27 were visited by the judging panel – which was comprised of accomplished, acclained and renowned architects, educations and artists in the field – in order to analyse and study the buildings.

Each entry was analysed based on South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) awards criteria. Gadd explains that each entry was critically analysed based on the structure's context, climate and how susccessfully it responded to specific requirements set out by the client.

'In addition, our panel carefully considered how successful submissions were in achieving the declared intention of their authors,' he says.

Structures were further assessed based on whether or not they challenged the preconceptions of the judges and moved them in a unique way.

The award winners for this year will be eligble for entry into the South African Institute of Architects' national awards, which will be held in 2020. Due to the overwhelming number of exceptional entries, the panel awarded 6 additional entries with a commendation.

A total of 17 winners were chosen and include the following structures.

The Cape Institute for Architecture Award Winners

Architectural Firm
Vredenburg Hospital, VredenburgWolff Architects 
Zip Zap Circus Academy, Salt RiverTsai Design School
Cheré Botha School for Learners with Special Educational Needs, BellvilleWolff Architects
Kloof 119A, Gardens SAOTA 
Lagoon House, LangebaanOpen City Architects 
House Mills, Hermanus Pinard Architecture Inc
New classrooms for Wynberg Girls High School Noero Architects
Blockhouse, Camps BayMark Thomas Architects 
Mouton Citrus Packing Facility, CitrusdalKube Architecture
!Khwa Ttu San Heritage Centre, YzerfonteinKLG Architects
Jonkershoek, StellenboschGallagher Lourens Architects
Hillside Clinic, Beaufort WestGabriel Fagan Architects
Arklow Villa |||, Greenpoint Douglas & Company Architects 
Grain Silo, V&A Waterfront Design architects: Heatherwick Studio, Executive architects: VDMMA,RBA,JPA
TWK Villiersdorp Resource Centre CCNI Architects 


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Two books were awarded by CifA: Industrial Heritage Protection and Redevelopment by Michael Louw and Unstitching Rex Truefrom:The Story of an African Factory by Wolff Architects. 

A few of the architecture award winners that caught our eye: 

Lagoon House, Langebaan 

Open City Architects 

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House Mills, Hermanus 

Pinard Archtecture INC.

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!Kwha Ttu San Heritage Centre, Yzerfontein 

KLG Architects 

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Vredenburg Hospital, Vredenburg

Wolff Architects

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Zip Zap Circus Academy, Salt River

Tsai Design Studio 

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Kloof 119A, Gardens 


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Cheré Botha School for Learners with Special Educational Needs, Bellville 

Wolff Architects 

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