In an age of sustainable or responsible architecture, the rehabilitation of existing buildings is often the ‘greenest’ solution. An example of this approach was the 37 Commerce Crescent renovation project in Kramerville, Johannesburg, undertaken by architecture and interior architecture company Paragon.

The latest Hager ‘smart’ solutions for automated building control have been supplied by ElectroMechanica (EM) of Cape Town for Swarovski Lighting’s new-build showroom in Green Point. The leading supplier specified high-quality Hager B7 switch frames, which feature a clean design, vega D enclosures featuring a ready-to-mount configuration, and the domovea automation dashboard, which is controllable from a smartphone or tablet, as well as the wall-mounted keypad.

Nando’s supported six local designers in showcasing their creations at the recent Milan Design Week. Displaying their work in an exhibit titled ‘Sacrosanct’, the South African designers introduced the global design community to their “afro-contempo” projects, which ranged from ceramic vases and hand-woven mohair rugs to a chair called the ‘Oromo chair’.

Opposite the Gautrain station on the Oxford Road thoroughfare, the iconic Rosebank Link building features the future of display advertising. Billboards on the sides of buildings are nothing new, but in the past they have always been added after the fact. Thanks to a collaboration between Paragon Architects, the building owners and digital display services company Primary Colours, the Rosebank Link now features a dramatic 124 sqm full-colour LED video screen that has been custom-designed and engineered to be an integral part of the building’s fabric, and to contribute to the edifice’s striking appearance.

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