Top 10 Architecture Companies in South Africa
For years, South Africa’s economy was the largest in Africa. Unfortunately, the 2007 economic recession saw a decline in demand for products such as oil, nickel, gold, platinum, and copper. Since then, South Africa has been alternating between the second and third place with Egypt.
Even with the challenges, South Africa remains an upper-middle-income country. This has helped sectors, like real estate, to continue flourishing. South Africa boasts of some of the tallest buildings in Africa. South Africa is a powerhouse that influences African architecture trends across the continent.
Many African architects look up to South African architects for innovative modern designs that they can adopt elsewhere. Additionally, South Africa is highly competitive, so African architecture continues to evolve as architects develop designs that are unique, hi-tech, and functional.
South African architects dominate the Southern Africa region and beyond. Some of the top African architecture firms in the country have been in existence for years, while others have talent that has transformed many African cities.
SAOTA Architects’ fame spreads across the continent and beyond. This African architecture firm uses the latest technologies to conceptualize designs, explore their viability, and explain the concept to clients. The expertise of the African architects ranges from the design of commercial, hospitality, public, and mixed-use projects.
Some of their notable projects in the South Africa portfolio include Clifton Terraces, Eventide Cape Town, Riverside, Hatfield Cape Town, and Mankgaile Primary School.
SAOTA Architects also has its designs spread across the African continent. They include the WARF in Congo, Cannebiere in Ivory Coast, Kingsway Tower Nigeria, and AKWA Cameroon.
Paragon Architects is an African architecture firm that was established in 1997. The architects initially started with the design of private residential properties. However, as time passed by, the company progressed to bigger projects.
Since it has a membership in the Green Building Council of South Africa, Paragon Architects are cautious about the impact of their designs on the environment. This is why they aim at creating African architecture that is sustainable, reduces strain on natural resources, and is not wasteful.
These African architects have a rich portfolio. Some of the commercial buildings they have designed include Hatfield Square, Norton Rose Fulbright Towers, Mbabane Hilton Garden Inn, Barloworld Head Office and Showroom, and Sasol Place.
Paragon architects have also worked on various projects across Africa, including Bay City Retail Park in Mozambique and Millennium Mall in Zimbabwe.
A3 Architects is one of the best African architecture firms in South Africa. It was founded in 1991 and currently has three branches in Johannesburg, Mbombela, and Kwazulu Natal. Armed with a qualified team of African architects, this firm uses the latest technology to create unique and sustainable building designs.
Some of their South Africa projects include Green Park Offices, King Shaka Precinct, Southdowns Office Park, Eco Glades Office Park, Green Park Sandton, Sunset Towers, and Hilton Commercial Development in Kwazulu Natal.
A3 Architects have also worked on various projects across Africa. Examples are the Accra Hospital in Ghana, Benin Hospital, Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, Abuja Airport Hotel in Nigeria, and the Senegal Judicial.
Boogertman & Partners Architects
This Architecture firm was established in 1982. Since then, the firm has gained prominence for its African architecture designs. It has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, Stellenbosch, and Kenya.
Boogertman & Partners has a dynamic team of African architects whose shared vision for innovative and environmentally sustainable designs has made other African countries seek their designs as they try to create 21st-century cities across the continent.
Some of their prominent designs in South Africa include University Square Pretoria, Algerian Embassy in Pretoria, The Neighbourhood Square Johannesburg, Park Lane West Pretoria, The MARC Johannesburg, Fourways Mall Johannesburg, Summit Place Pretoria, and The Houghton Hotel Johannesburg.
This African architecture firm began in a small home office in 1994. Over the years, it has gained expertise and expanded into a fully-fledged African architecture firm providing personalizes professional designs for various clients.
Some of the South Africa portfolio projects include Mphela & Associates Offices in Pretoria, Die Klubhuis Pretoria, Adventure Golf Hillfox in Johannesburg, Hallmark Building Pretoria, and Midrand Commercial Building in Johannesburg.
AMA Architects is a dynamic African architecture firm that is an inspiration for many African architects. Established in 1993, this architecture studio designs public and private spaces using unique and modern features. It often recommends the use of readily available building materials.
Some of their most prominent projects include the Volkswagen Group South Africa Head Office, Atholl Towers Sandton, Exxaro Head Office, Kaya House, Grayston Axis Sandton, Infinite Towers, Sandton Skye, Westpoint, and Masingita.
FM (Francois Marais) Architects is an African architecture firm with branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It was established in 1996. Over the years, the company has designed various projects and collaborated in some massive projects with other African architects across the continent.
Not only are FM Architects one of the best in African architecture, but they are also leading in green designs that African architects can emulate.
Some of their building designs include House Calaca, House Laurens, Blue Hills Estate, House Coetzee, OG Retail Park, Metro Park, Kamanga Office Park, Clearwater Office Park, Tilt Restaurant & Bar, and Cruises International House.
Kabu Design Architects
Kabu Design Architects is an African architecture studio based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is often involved from the design stage to its completion, especially for large projects where project supervision is necessary. This guarantees that the vision of the African architects is realized from paper to a building that transforms the urban centre and the city’s skyline.
The cutting edge contemporary African architecture designs can be seen in some of their projects, including Matlaisane High School, Buyani School, Featherbrook Estate, House Copperleaf, and Blue Hills Estate.
Integrated Design Consultants (IDC)
IDC was established in 1999. Over the past two decades, it earned its reputation as one of the leading African architecture firms in South Africa from its incredible designs, both local and international.
The African architects ensure their designs are people-centred, functional, and sustainable. They work with some of the latest technologies to ensure their designs are practical and environmentally friendly.
Some of their notable projects include Signal Hill at the East London Port South Africa, Kempton Park, Livingstone Hospital Port Elizabeth, River Club Apartments, Sunshine School, and Madiba Kwena Shopping Centre.
SVA International has a talented team of African architects working together with international architects to bring to life designs that are practical and a work of art. In this architecture company, the learning never ends, as new technologies are used to create sustainable designs that incorporate modern styles expected to last a lifetime.
Some of their projects include the BCX Corporate Headquarters in Gauteng, the CTICC East Complex, Kenako Centre Port Elizabeth, The Gateway Hotel in Durban, Matlosana Mall, and the Serengeti Gold & Wildlife Estate in Johannesburg.
SVA International also has worked on various projects in various countries across Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Mauritius, Gabon, Namibia and Nigeria.