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“It Remains The Best” – iTowers Fights For Mixed Use Supremacy With Second Tower

By Kibo Ngowi “We identified a gap in the market,” Appleby’s Director Batanani Nkhumisang tells me when I ask him about the vision behind creating the iTowers development. iTowers was developed through a partnership between the developers Tredinnick Botswana and ODE while Appleby’s is responsible for the sale and letting of space in the buildings. […]

In Search of a Lasting Legacy – MIST under Hon Jonnie Swartz

William Shakespeare once said “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” For Hon. Jonnie Swartz, the man at the forefront of a ministry that has been faced with myriad challenges, trials and tribulations, his quest to leave a lasting legacy at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science & Technology seems impossible. The ministry he has headed […]

Botswana’s Domestic Listed Property Companies Ripe for Investment- Prime Time

We come from a tradition where the only properties we own have been the houses we live in as well as the modest thatched huts in our home villages built on ancestral land. Over the years, this truth has changed. Driving around Gaborone, it is quite evident that there has been a host of commercial […]

First National Bank Regional Office, Francistown

Development and Project Managers –  Time Projects. Architect –  Nuttall-Smith Architects. Quantity Surveyor –  The Fitzwilliam Partnership / McIntosh Latilla. Electrical Engineers –  Systems & Services. Mechanical Engineers –  Systems & Services. Civil & Structural Engineers –  TTCS Consulting Engineers. Main Contractor –  Murray & Roberts Botswana. Electrical Contractor –  ERS. Mechanical Contractor – Air […]

Bridgetown Resort: The Gateway to an Adventurer’s Paradise

Bridgetown (Pty) Ltd is a wholly owned, citizen company formed and incorporated for the specific purpose of developing the BRIDGETOWN project in Kazungula, Botswana. The shareholders are two Batswana who have joined forces, pooled their resources and have embarked on this journey to bring their vision to the benefit of ordinary Batswana. The Resort, set […]

London’s Barbican Estate

Built in an area of London which was almost completely destroyed by bombing during World War II, the Barbican Estate consists of 13 low-rise blocks and three 42-storey residential towers, making a total of in 2,014 flats housing approximately 4,000 residents. Included within the Barbican complex is a rich mix of housing, an arts centre, […]

Botswana Innovation Hub brings SHoP Architects to Gaborone

To be located along Gaborone’s Airport Road, the Botswana Innovation Hub by SHoP Architects will be the first state of the art building designed by an internationally recognized architecture firm within Botswana.  SHoP Architects, an American-based firm, beat some of the world’s recognized architectural giants, such as Foster+Partners (UK), Gensler (USA), Perkins & Will (USA), […]

Masa Centre, CBD, Gaborone, Botswana

Property Developers: Three Partners Resorts (Pty) Ltd. (RDCProperties, Shakawe, Lavica & Keboife Holdings) Project Managers: Property and Asset Management Pty Ltd CONSULTANTS: Architects: Arctez Architects Quantity Surveyors: GAAM Associates (Pty) Ltd Structural & Civil Engineers: A.D.A. Consulting Engineers MEP Engineers: AR Edwards Interior Design: Blacksmith Interiors Landscape Architects: VMO – Mrs Vicoria Morner O’Connell DESIGN […]

China Homelife Fair 2016

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ARCHITECTS’ REGISTRATION COUNCIL: PUBLIC AWARENESS WORKSHOP

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The Architects’ Registration Council will conduct workshops to, apprise the public, create awareness and educate the public on the requirements of the Act and the mandate of the Council as stipulated in the Architects’ Registration Act.

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GROPIUS HOUSE / Architect: Walter Gropius / Location: Lincoln, MA, USA / Completion: 1938

Gropius House

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The home Walter Gropius built for his family soon after moving from to the US from Germany had a dramatic impact on American architecture. Its detailing keeps strongly to the principles of the Bauhaus, which Gropius had founded and directed in Germany, exploiting simple, well-designed but mass-produced fittings for steel wall lights, chromed banisters etc., as well as in the structure of the house (glass block walls complementing the wooden frame and New England clapboarding).

Boidus Quotes-‘what they say..’

"Modern architects – scum of the earth. It doesn’t matter what you ask them to design, they still come up with something that looks like an old dustbin with a bicycle sticking out of the top."