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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?


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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In the beginning


Sarah Calburn’s article on Mail & Guardian Online finally prompted me to start what I’ve been considering for a while.