Regenerative Design

Veld Architects Favourite South African Home Styles and the Role of Regenerative Design

South Africa has a young, yet incredibly rich history, and our home styles reflect this. The most common home styles noticeable when driving through our suburbs and estates include modern, farm, Cape Dutch and Tuscan. Cape Dutch homes showcase thick walls, square windows with shutters, grand rounded façades, wooden floors, terra cotta tiles and the …

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What Veld Architects learned from Louis Kahn and Ludwig Mies?

A human being is rarely creative by him – or herself alone. There are almost always multiple influencers (humans, other designs, and nature), from which creatives draw their inspiration. Every artist also has mentors and teachers who make them question certain things and look deeper into others. At Veld Architects, Louis Isadore Kahn and Ludwig …

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Why Biophilic Design Matters in Architecture?

Biophilia, in its essence, means an affiliation with nature and the natural world. Biophilic design is therefore an approach that aims to reconnect humans with nature in the built environment, which has, in a sense, become our new “natural” habitat. The reason why biophilic design matters is because it offers incredible physiological and psychological health …

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Working From Home: Utilising multi-purpose spaces for long-term productivity

Initially, working-from-home was a “temporary” arrangement. However, over the past two years, it has become the “new normal” with 50% of South Africa’s workforce doing so full-time. With yet another Covid-19 wave looming, it is clear that flexible (hybrid) working conditions within the corporate arena could be with us for far longer. It is time …

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Contemporary residential architects look back at 2021

“Resting on one’s laurels” is a term the team of contemporary residential architects at Veld Architects have deleted from memory. Giving your personal best every single day is a goal the firm kicked the year off with, and it has been the on-going theme ever since. “In the ever-evolving architecture industry where new design practices …

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Slow Architecture: Realising that “we’re part of a much larger, complex system”

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” Lao Tzu Humanity’s fascination or desire for “bigger”, “better”, “faster”, “further” and “higher” is perhaps “admirable” but is it sustainable? The fast food craze, as a simple example, created an economic boost but compromised time-honoured traditions and native food flavours. In 1989 Carlo Petrini started the Slow …

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The Role of Modern Architecture in South Africa

The building industry is continuously evolving. Yet, when modernism broke out onto the scene in the 1900s, something changed. The principles of this movement proved to be so functional and beneficial to the environment and the health of humans that in modern building designs, architects cannot help but reflect back. Modern architecture is in a …

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Refocus Feminine Principles in Architecture & Let’s Save the Day!

  In many early civilizations in Africa, Europe and America, women were the home builders. In fact, today the Maasai Huts in Tanzania are still built by the women of this tribe. Due to the Maasai’s nomadic lifestyle their huts are temporary, created using natural elements collected from the surrounding area (including cow dung), and …

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