Office, Umhlangane, KwaZulu-Natal. Ruben Reddy Architects for Eiger Group.

So, this is dull. The northern edge doesn’t address the street in any meaningful way. The western edge flat-out ignores it. It ignores the sun too! I’m not sure how the wavy bit relates to the rest of the scheme. Materials have been applied to surfaces in what must be a desperate attempt to distract us from the fact that the building’s really a plastered lump, painted a smoggy grey-blue. And the red? Really?

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The southern elevation tries a little harder. But becomes an essay in the disparities between the vision sold and the cynical, developer-trodden reality.

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26 Responses to Office, Umhlangane, KwaZulu-Natal. Ruben Reddy Architects for Eiger Group.

  1. leroy says:

    hi there. your opinion is much appreciated. i am in no affiliated with the architects of the above project. but my question to you is, what would your response be to the brief for the above project? what would you have done otherwise? how long have u been working in south africa now, and for whom?

  2. Lateralus says:

    Wow renders can be deceiving!
    This is a dead thread:(
    I haven’t got any response…
    Maybe SilentBee got lynched for his/her comments:0

  3. silentbee says:

    @Lateralus,
    I’m in the process of moving, so I’ve been ignoring the blog a bit. Thanks for the comments though. I’ll be back soon…

  4. amazing… I didn’t even know we had a completed building! I know that comes across as sarcasm but I am really surprised. We generally do work with bigger companies on huge projects just so we can add our name to the project team. Scheduling etc. I met a guy yesterday who accused Ruben Reddy as “being a front for white owned firms,” would love to have defended by employer but wasn’t quite sure how to or if i could. A sad building that is a reflection of an even more sorry architectural firm.

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