The Firm

Architecture is about creating a built environment that is alive and which responds to its occupants in a way that speaks to both the emotional and physical senses of man.

There is a direct relationship between the place we inhabit and the emotions we feel, we believe our successful architecture understands this relationship.

The need to be near living things, to be inspired, to create the need for mental awareness, clarity and enlightenment are common basic human requirements.

Only when the architect fully understands these basic universal values can timeless buildings be created.

KAPA is a commercial architectural firm with a strong focus on passive green built environments and our work reflects the passion we have for architecture.

Services

KAPA is an experienced full service Architectural Practice;

We offer a complete service from brief to development and concept design, through to construction drawings and
contract management.

Below, the Professional Architectural Services we provide which are broken down into workstage/s:

Stage 1: Inception
Stage 2: Concept and Viability
Stage 3: Design Development
Stage 4: Documentation and Procurement
(4.1: Prepare documentation sufficient for local authority submission);
(4.2: Complete construction documentation and proceed to call for tenders).
Stage 5: Construction
Stage 6: Close Out

However, we are also able to develop a unique, creative service, tailored to your project’s specific needs and
requirements as well as the value added benefit of providing Interior Design and Space Planning Services.

Technology

Our intensive technological approach through our fully computerised production process enables us to commit more time
to consultation, design, sketch planning, illustration and full presentation.

Inter-office communication is handled on a personal level and “red tape” is kept to the minimum.

We encourage active project team participation in all projects, particularly at the design stage.

The following technology forms part of our everyday service to our clients and all the equipment is
owned and operated by the practice:

Virtual Reality

We use Realtime Room scale Virtual Reality on every project. The system is capable handling huge scale models of complete precincts. Some benefits are;

  • A fully immersive experience allowing the client to experience every nook and cranny of the design.
  • Accurate representation of materials and finishes.
  • Accurate lighting – natural and internal lighting
  • Fully integrated building services and reticulation
  • Accurate landscaping including grass, plants and trees.
  • The ability to populate the model with people and vehicles to get the ultimate realism.

Drone Surveying

We use drone technology for quick site surveys and have the ability to reproduce the proposed site in accurate 3D models using photogrammetry software. Essential data includes accurate contours, site features and vegetation – all in 3D.

CAD and BIM Software

CAD & GRAPHIC work-stations utilising an artificial intelligence front end designed in our practice for our work method – Autocad & Revit.
Work stations are coupled to an interactive network with high levels of data security and integrity.

Printing

PRINTING is done on a fully networked A0 plotter, scanner and printer capable of printing 4m per minute for blueprints.
For full colour presentations we use a networked A0 plotter.

BROCHURES are always printed on recycled paper using our networked A3 laser printer & scanner.

Presentations

Our service includes detailed computer hyper realistic images to accurately assess finishes and lighting in exteriors and interiors.

We have broadcast quality animation software and equipment able to produce output on DVD and Blue-Ray.
This is often used to establish the impact on skylines and the immediate environment for rezoning and design confirmations.

DVD’s can also be produced for marketing purposes.

As part of our design and research effort, we have installed a 3D high definition screen capable of producing 3D depth images using 3D shutter glasses.

We are cable to produce physical 3D print models and we have a printer capable of producing basic models in ABS plastic.

Awards

2003

First place winner for the new Debswana Regional HQ in Gabarone

1999

PMR Golden Arrow Award for MOST ADMIRED INDIVIDUAL (architect) – André Krige

1997

South African Building Industry Cladding Awards MERIT No.1 Merchant Place, Sandton

1990

AutoCAD Evangelist award for contribution to AutoCAD in Africa – André Krige.

1980

Concrete Society of South Africa design award. Final year thesis – André Krige

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