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National award for PE architects

2014-08-15
TMG Editor

LEADING Port Elizabeth architectural firm The Matrix has added another national award to its growing collection of accolades after receiving the 2014 South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Merit Award for its design of the Helenvale multi-purpose community centre.

A company director, Professor Albrecht Herholdt, said The Matrix was now the proud recipient of three national SAIA awards. Along with the recent award and recognition for the design of the Helenvale centre in the city’s northern suburbs, The Matrix was nationally recognised by the institute for the restoration of its own premises – a former Freemasons Lodge – in 2010 and for the much-acclaimed restoration of the Pearson Conservatory in St George’s Park in Central in 2012.

The company, which is involved in a high-profile project doing extensions to the city’s historic Opera House, also boasts a string of awards from the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects (ECIA), which awarded The Matrix a regional merit award for the Helenvale centre last year.

The new Helenvale centre was constructed on the property occupied by the former, drab community centre, in 2012. The new, multi-functional building boasts a modern, contemporary look, attractive artistic features and an energy-efficient design.

In its citation around the award for the Helenvale project, ECIA judges noted, among other comments, that: “When the resultant design is well considered, the designer engaged with the site from edge to edge, so as to knit the project into the social and urban fabric, it has all the attributes of merit.

“This is such a project. While not an extensive or complicated brief the scaling, palette of materials and organisation of spaces all take on an urban dimension and become part of the public realm of the community it serves while being mindful of aspects of security and robustness.” – Shaun Gillham

Source: Herald Live

DRAWING PRAISE: Professor Albrecht Herholdt and Miles Hollins at The Matrix Architects building in Richmond Hill with the award-winning projects. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

DRAWING PRAISE: Professor Albrecht Herholdt and Miles Hollins at The Matrix Architects building in Richmond Hill with the award-winning projects. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA