OUR VISION, MISSION AND PASSION
The practice philosophy has remained clear in the belief that every project is unique. The importance of design with a particular approach to creating good quality spaces and a responsible urban approach is the key to fundamental architecture. The practice believes in the essential diagrammatic approach to a building and where the design approach is driven a lot by the response to the site and the client’s brief.
Concept development is done by hand with the sketch plan development and technical documentation done in three-dimensional resolution using state of the art software, from Autodesk Revit and Lumion.
Our practice provides residential and commercial architectural services, driven by a unique response to the client’s brief and quality service from our team of architects.
The practice draws on many years’ experience in various fields. The team consists of two Principal Architects, a Senior Architectural Technologist, Candidate Architectural Technologist and Urban Design and administrative support staff.
While we are based in the Garden Route and Western Cape, we work on projects throughout South Africa.
We are proud to be of service to a client who elects us for our enthusiasm, work efficiency, work ethic & unique architecture.
Meet our Architects
Two young enthusiastic Architects from different backgrounds that saw a common approach to Architecture.
Lodewyk Juan Coetzee
Lodewyk was born in Johannesburg and spent his early childhood in Johannesburg. In the early 1990’s his family relocated to Mossel Bay.
He moved to Port Elizabeth to study Architecture at the University of Port Elizabeth. He completed his B.Build Arts degree in 2004 and his M.Arch (Professional) in 2006 at the newly formed Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. His Thesis was “De-stigmatizing death: The Design of a Promatorium in a Historical Context of Port Elizabeth”. This deals with the very latest green technology in the world called Promession.
Lodewyk worked during his student years for the well acclaimed firm Studio Kruger Roos and worked on projects such as the New BP Headquarters in the waterfront, UP Law Faculty and the UCT Women’s Residence.
After his studies Lodewyk relocated back to Mossel Bay to further his local understanding and gain experience from different firms in the area. He worked on various projects, from upmarket residential houses to the design of large commercial and industrial complexes.
Lodewyk is very involved in the local community being the Chair of the Dutch Reformed Church’s Property Portfolio and Church Council.
He is happily married to the financial manager and together they have two adorable children.
Q. The person you regard as a creative genius (living or dead)?
Q. The most exciting part of a project is…
When you can experience the space in its intended volume for the first time
Q. Favourite colour?
Adelai was born in Pretoria and matriculated from the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in 1996. She studied medicine but soon realised her passion for architecture.
She completed her B.Arch. degree at the University of Pretoria in 2002. Her thesis was:”Batho Pele Centre “for HIV/Aids infected mothers.
…”Architecture must be the beacon of coherence in the world we inhabit. We are living in an environment that is becoming too difficult to define or even understand. We need architecture to build and uplift our humanity again…”
Adelai worked at various architectural practices including internationally acclaimed JDDK in Newcastle UK, Studio 3 International Architects in Pretoria and JLB Architects in Cape Town. She was also the curator and manager at MVB fine art gallery in Brooklyn Design Square during 2006/2007. She is the eldest daughter of artist Marie Vermeulen Breedt and has a keen interest and knowledge of fine art.
She moved to Mossel Bay in 2008. She is happily married and the proud mother of 3 children.
Q. If I weren’t an architect, I would be…
Depressed and clueless
Q. Best book you have read?
Enige slapband tydskrif met huis prentjies op wat interessant lyk – first impressions nè!
Q. What is your comfort food?
If on death row – it will be afval… my ouma baby sin met soet-suur kerrie smakie… nham! en dalk ’n tikkie crispy eal sushi on the side met peanut butter roomys. To die for!
Meet our team
Senior Architectural Technologist
Q. If you had a theme song what would it be?
Q. Where are you most inspired?
Candidate Architectual Technologist
Hmm.. Why study. I am sure I’d be a drifter traveling and doing this and that.
Q. Favourite town/city to view architecture?
Q. Piña Colada or Virgin Daiquiri?
Are these famous people’s names?
Candidate Architectual Technologist
Mossel Bay without a doubt! Way better beaches…
Q. What is your favourite ice-cream?
Oreo ice-cream is the best (for the lack of a pizza flavoured ice-cream)
Q. Name your favourite Building…..
Definitely a tie between the Eames Case Study House by Charles and Ray Eames and the Kaufmann Desert House designed by Richard Neutra – AMAZING!
Q. Movie I could watch over and over…
Q. Style Icon?
Q. Sum yourself up in one word:
Q. read the book or watch the movie?
Watch the movie
Q. if you were stranded on an island what 1 thing would you take with?