SAIA - Coribrik Awards 2015/2016
The movers and shakers of the architectural world in South Africa gathered at Shine Studios in Braamfontein on 2nd September to witness the presentation of the 2015/2016 Coribrik SAIA Awards of Merit for Excellence in Architecture to the cream of the profession.
The seven best designs and a book earned Awards of Excellence – the highest accolade to be given to an architectural project in South Africa since the inception of the programme in 1990. A further seven projects received Awards of Merit, which were first instituted in 1999 to recognise good design or a substantial achievement in the industry. In addition, 16 commendations were awarded for remarkable design.
New residence - Waterkloof, Pretoria was one of the eight winners of the Award of Excellence. The residence also received an Award of Merit, among 15 other winners.
Sinkhuis was also one of the 15 winners of the Award of Merit
visi no 78 | stellenbosch home | 2015
exhibition | slee gallery | 2015
The removal of an oak tree in front of the Slee Gallery led to an unique exhibition. The oak tree ( number 000982 ) was identified as a high risk and the tree was carefully cut into these pieces. The pieces was displayed in the Slee gallery for three weeks.
la biennale di venezia | exhibition | 2012
Johann Slee was invited to take part in the La Biennale Di Venezia. He was joined by 60 of the world best architects for the 13th international architectural exhibition. The theme of the exhibition was "Common Ground". Slee architects toke part in the sub category "Traces of centuries and future steps"
Slee & co architects apply and feel very strongly about the first basic principles of sustainability: to create buildings that respond favourably to their surroundings, the weather and the materials used for construction. Our designs allow for managing heat gain and -loss by choosing correct materials and also managing the sun and the wind, thereby creating energy effective spaces.
With this installation we explored the interconnection between intellectual and physical boundaries. The physical ostrich egg represented immense strength and is at the same time symbolical of the absolute preciousness and vulnerability of our earth.
An ostrich egg is the largest of all eggs on earth. The yolk is therefore the largest single living cell. Ostrich hens lay between 40 to 200 eggs per year and around 5 to 20 eggs at a time. They lay their eggs in a communal pit, yet each hen can identify her own eggs. The dominant female ostrich will often reject the eggs of the weaker hens before incubation. The grayish brown hens incubate the nest during the day. With their soft grey and brown colouring they are well camouflaged in their ‘sand veld’ territories, even in the harsh sunlight. At night the black males take over, blending well into the dark surround. The beautiful pearly white egg weighs close to 1,4 kg and provides 2000 calories. The shell of an ostrich egg is 0,06 inches thick. It contains 47% of proteins, 44,3% of fats. Calcium, phosphorus and vitamins, magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc, copper and iron are found in these eggs. The Kalahari hunter-gatherers have used these eggs as water storage vessels for millennia. A small hole is ground into the egg in order to drain the yolk. The egg is then filled with water and buried in demarcated areas for collection in times of drought.
Symbolically an egg represents life: new beginnings, creation, fertility and resurrection. In ancient times the egg symbolised regeneration and immortality. In Russia and Scandinavia eggs were put into tombs to ensure life after death. In Ancient Egypt the winged egg floating above the mummy carries the soul to another birth. The Chinese believed that man sprang from an egg dropped by Tien, a great bird.
Like planet earth, the perfect oval of an egg has no beginning and no end. It represents birth, renewal and life. It is precious and should be guarded.