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 and innovative technologies are at the order of the day, one simply cannot fall behind,” says lead architect Gillian Holl. “We live in interesting and challenging times, and Covid-19 most definitely made our day-to-day operations more complex, but if I could highlight one characteristic each of our team of female architects share, that would be resilience. After the successes we achieved last year we realised we would need to work even harder to achieve more, and that’s what we set out to do.”

Veld Architects completed two contemporary residential properties this year, won two awards, was featured in three magazines and four television programmes, to mention a few. “I’m incredibly thankful for the acknowledgements we’ve received this year. Nothing can be achieved alone. I’m grateful for my team, our collaborators and the incredible contractors that are the expert hands behind our designs. Thank you also to our clients. For allowing us the freedom to really live what Veld Architects is all about: Creativity, sustainability, and the connecting of humans and nature in unique and fascinatingly beautiful ways.”

The team has recently celebrated their 12 000th follower on Instagram and Facebook and hope to create even more awareness for Veld and the Veld Lifestyle in the New Year.

“In 2022 our fans and followers can look forward to more artisanal collaborations, lifestyle curation products, many more features and one-of-a-kind projects.”

VELD highlights of 2021:

Office highlights:

  • Completion of Soil+Serenity
  • Completion of House Buitendag, Amani
  • 67 minutes of Nelson Mandela Day – VELD Action
  • Collaboration project with Down-2-The-Wire + Wolkberg Casting Studios for Wildlife Conservation
  • One marriage
  • One engagement

Competitions and Awards:

  • Award for Commendation – Soil and Serenity
  • African Property Awards Winner in category Best Architecture Single Residence in South Africa for 2021-2022
  • Participation in Treehouse Competition 2021 of Volume Zero
  • Published works:
  • Landscape SA – June 2021
  • ProLandscaper+ Architect – November 2021
  • Modern Living – Summer Edition 2021

Interviews and Presentations:

  • Corobrik Student Architecture Awards Judge for 2020
  • House Holl featured on WeVisit series by All of Architecture
  • Gillian invited to be on Besigheid wat Saak Maak on Via TV
  • House Holl and Gillian featured on The Insider SA on SABC 3
  • Gillian as guest speaker at SAIA Eastern Cape Brave Ground – Women in Architecture event
  • Gillian as guest speaker at Design Joburg Collective Summer Edition 2021
  • Gillian featured on The Home Channel with Pilani Bubu on DSTV Channel 176 for Soil + Serenity
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