Increased productivity by day, and relaxation by night.

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All photos courtesy of German Otto Bodenbender. Featured here are German and Luciana.

German Otto Bodenbender, an Argentinian architect now living in Johannesburg, spent this past weekend at Stand 47. German has built up significant experience working at international and local architectural and urban design firms and currently works as an architect and BIM coordinator at one of South Africa’s largest architectural practices, Boogertman + Partners. 

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

German Otto: The layout is very simple and has a clean design. The interior spaces open up to the outside, allowing natural light into the home while letting the surrounding outdoor environment form part of the house.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

German Otto: Nice… above expectation. The temperature of the house feels just right, while the linear lines of the house create a pure design feel.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

German Otto : A storm blew over the estate in the early evening, and although the temperature outside was 10 degrees at 11PM, the temperature inside the house was just right at a cosy 23 degrees. In fact, the temperature inside the house stayed constant throughout the day. We enjoyed walking inside the house without our shoes on since the indoor climate was just right.

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Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

German Otto :  I had my best night of sleep in a long time. The house was very quiet during the night, and I had no idea that a house built without bricks could perform so well, not only acoustically, but also thermally.

Stand 47 : Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

German Otto : The house is the perfect result of contemporary and flexible design with outstanding thermal and acoustics performance. It doesn’t compromise quality in any aspects of the design or construction.

Stand 47 : And finally, we have to know, would you live in a home like this?

German Otto : Oh yes! During the day, we experienced the space as a nice environment for productivity. During the evening, we felt it encourages relaxing and unplugging. We particularly loved laying on the floor in front of the fire, with a nice glass of wine to finish off the evening.

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THE SKATEISTAN SCHOOL IN JOBURG IS NOW OPEN

 

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Photo credit: Tim Moolman for @skateistan taken 14 August 2016

 

Last weekend saw the official opening of Skateistan, the award-winning non-profit organization that uses skateboarding and education for youth empowerment, in Johannesburg. We are very inspired by this project in the inner city, which seeks to support young people within the city. At the opening, 100 of Skateistan’s students, along with guests and supporters including Tony Hawk and major partners The Skateroom were there to celebrate their big day.

 

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Photo credit: Tim Moolman for @skateistan taken 14 August 2016 

 

Skateistan Youth Leaders and Educators provided guided tours of the amazing classroom spaces that will host Skateistan’s programs; Skate and Create and Back-To-School. Attention quickly turned to the skate park as the crowd watched pro-skaters join forces with Skateistan students for a special session. Skaters of all ages and abilities got involved and helped each other in the park, it was a unique experience for everyone. Then students became spectators, as Tony Hawk and, Birdhouse Skateboards team riders, Shawn Hale and David Loy plus South African skaters, Thalente Biyela and Khule Ngubane, put on an impressive and inspiring demo for all. The event ended with a girls-only skate session involving Skateistan students, staff, and supporters.

 

The Skate School is now officially open and programs are up and running. Students between the ages of 5-17, with a particular focus on girls and low-income youth, have the opportunity to play and learn as part of the Skate and Create program, or access homework help and career advice as part of the Back-To-School program. Exceptional youth have the chance to join the Youth Leadership program to help organize events and assist with sessions. Thanks to support from the Royal Danish Embassy, Comic Relief and Tony Hawk Foundation, over 200 students (47% girls) have already registered for Skateistan’s programs, with the aim of 300 registered students by the end of 2016, and more than 400 in 2017.

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Photo credit: Tim Moolman for @skateistan taken 14 August 2016

MY CREATIVITY AND ENERGY LEVELS HERE ARE OF OLYMPIC STANDARDS!

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We had the pleasure of welcoming Arno Britz (@ArnoB70) -architect-by-day and self-confessed coffeeholic, vinoholic, foodaholic every other moment – to Stand 47 this past weekend. Arno is the principal at Arno Britz Architecture, an Architectural Design Practice with key experience in Residential Design & Residential Developments based in Johannesburg.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Arno : It is quite impressive, especially the open design and flow between spaces, the transparency to the outside and the elevated ceilings which add to add to the feeling of space.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Arno : Wow… significantly above expectation. It is also much warmer than I expected without having any heating on when we arrived. I was also surprised by the definite difference in acoustics and the warmness of the timber floors.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Arno : Even though it was quite cold outside at 10PM, the temperature inside the house was just right at a cosy 19 degrees (a whole 10 degrees warmer than outside). The ambient temperature does make a difference compared to a standard house in winter. Here you don’t have cold feet or a cold nose!

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Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Arno :  On the whole, I was very comfortable in the home. I felt productive and had a surge of creative energy.  I slept better than I had expected to, perhaps because it’s so much more quiet here than in a more conventional brick home.

Stand 47 : Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Arno : There are a few aspects I really enjoyed. It feels like an insulated cocoon with warm timber floors. There is a reason why retro worked in the ’70s and why it works here.

Stand 47 : And finally, we have to know, would you live in a home like this?

Arno : Definitely. Not only has my perception of homes built without bricks changed, but my creativity and energy levels here are of Olympic standards, compared to my usual cold indoor experiences in winter! One tends to hibernate in winter, but here you feel comfortable to do any task without discomfort.

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