Welcome to our Summer 2016 issue!
Just before going to print with this issue, Team VISI’s contestant in the SABC 3 Win A Home reality show, candidate architect and photographer Juané Venter, won the Viewers’ Choice prize for her apartment at Val de Vie Estate near Paarl. She not only won R50 000 but also now knows that thousands of viewers loved her handiwork in the apartment. All of us at VISI are enormously proud of her achievement.
Thank you so much for your support and a special thanks to the viewers who voted for Juané. Turn to page 112 to see how she transformed an empty shell designed by renowned architect Stefan Antoni into an exciting modern living space.
We are honoured to share Stefan’s own home with you on page 82. What a treat to find out that an architect and his family live in a house that was originally designed by another architect who in turn based it on the iconic home of one of the most famous architects ever. Best of all, you can see the house for yourself, as it is one of the VISI Great Spaces tours we’re offering in this issue.
Here at VISI we have always supported and loved local architecture, and I am so grateful to have been on the judging panel for this year’s Corobrik SAIA Awards for architecture. Corobrik MD Dirk Meyer sums it up perfectly: “The country’s diverse cultures, landscapes and people provide our talented architects with a challenging, unique and always interesting canvas upon which to realise their inspired designs.”
For me this was an inspirational and truly exciting experience, and we hope to show many of the award-winning 2015/2016 projects in future issues.