Architecture Fabrik

Architecture Fabrik

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

South African Schools

Frequently used buildings Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) embarked on an exercise to update frequently designed public assets in 2022. This included updating the standard designs for schools and current baseline construction cost estimates to benchmark the design and cost of schools in South Africa. A need was identified to consider variations of the existing prototype […]


Durban City Architects Guide An accessible introduction to the architecture of Durban This ambitious project is a collection of photographs and research that presents the diverse social, geographic, economic, cultural and religious history of Durban through its architecture. It showcases a rich selection of at least one hundred buildings and is a guide that allows […]

Community College

Midlands Community College The Midlands Community College’s work is based on the belief that education provides a path out of poverty and that every adult, young person and child should be afforded access to quality education.  Their goal is to empower individuals from disadvantaged communities by providing them with solid and meaningful educational opportunities. Midlands […]

A Book Is A Friend

A Book Is A Friend Gathering and sharing information for social benefit There is a growing sense that the age of public libraries is over. But in reality, public libraries are more essential than ever.   The 15000sq.m New Durban Central City (NDCC) Library constitutes an investment of approximately R500m by both local and provincial […]

UIA 2014

Community Living Planning Low Cost Housing on Steep GradientsFinding The Front Door and Improving Liveability Flat land within 40km of the Durban CBD that could reasonably be appropriated for low cost housing has become a rarity. Sites currently under review for housing projects range from steep 1:3 gradients to a slightly better 1:5 gradient. It […]

Community Learning Precinct

Community Learning Precinct Co-Design Following the success of over 40 Co-Design workshops run over 20 months for the World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014), the City of Cape Town developed an open source methodology manual to inspire and empower anyone in the public sector to run co-design workshops with communities. Using this methodology, a Co-Design workshop […]