Architecture Fabrik

Architecture Fabrik

Residential Typologies

Residential Typologies This project aimed at formalising housing in an area that housed approximately 40,000 people in semi-formal and informal structures. The poor road network presented a  problem for the local authorities as there was no vehicular access for emergency, policing or refuse collection purposes.  By designing some basic typologies on a theoretical land parcel, […]


Luxury residential This lodge in the KZN battlefields aims to tuck itself into the landscape by remaining low slung. Local rock is used where possible to capture the natural hues of the earth in the building. Winters in this region are dry and very cold, whilst summers are wet and hot, leading to a design […]

Rural High School

Rural high school This rural school was in a poor state of disrepair, until generous financial support from the Mazisi Kunene Foundation and Bidvest slowly transformed it into the leading academic institution in the area. This required investment in a reliable source of clean water, upgraded ablutions, new security office, kitchen, classrooms and a dedicated […]

Estate architecture

Estate architecture Perched on a hill, with architectural guidelines prescribed by the housing estate, the design aims to maximise views, and simultaneously focus attention on calming features and artworks. Warm tones are used to counter the expansive areas of glass, and the scale of the house is broken down by stepping back the facades to […]

Sustainable Development Guidelines

Sustainable Development Guidelines These Sustainable Development Guidelines were prepared to guide investment and development of tourism infrastructure in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (IWP). The status of the park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognizes its exceptional environmental significance and therefore requires stringent environmental control of development in order to preserve this natural resource. There […]

Social Housing

Housing The vison for the future of Durban is articulated in the eThekwini Inner City Local Area Plan (LAP). Specifically, Goal 7 of the LAP proposes that “a well-functioning residential property market will provide a range of accommodation options for people across the socio-economic spectrum” through the provision of various categories of housing opportunities, including […]

Technology Hubs

KZN Tech Hubs Concept Study As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Architecture Fabrik developed the concept designs for four Technology Hubs in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The purpose of the project was to test the feasibility of technology and innovation clusters where an enabling environment can occur. The hubs would be used and supported by  companies, suppliers, […]


Training Facility A fire fighting training facility where functionality, safety and robustness are higher priorities then any ordinary project. Extensive consultation with a range of experienced Fire Training Officers was required to understand the drills, techniques, risks and lessons already learnt. Water management from the burn ground formed a crucial part of the brief, as […]

Contemporary Edwardian

Contemporary Edwardian A typical Edwardian style cottage, situated in the original Borough of Glenwood established in the late 1800’s. This dwelling was built in 1928 with a garage and enclosed patio added in the 90’s.  A growing family in sub-tropical Durban found the arrangement and lack of extension to the outdoors constraining.  The opening up […]

Junior Primary School

Junior Primary School This project started in 2016, included 5 phases, 5 contractors and took 7 years to complete. The phasing was developed around available budget, priorities and the need for the school to operate safely during construction. This junior school, Grade R to Grade 3, has grown to over 500 learners and is constrained […]