George Elphick, co-founder of EPA, has undertaken a wide range of well-known projects in the Southern African subcontinent over a 25 year time frame. The practice philosophy is rooted in contextual regionalism to realize resourceful, appropriate and enduring design solutions. EPA enjoys extensive experience in creating bespoke private residences, placing emphasis on innovating individual, crafted buildings with sensitive, respectful design response to the surrounding landscape and a strong ethos of reflecting locality. EPA’s acclaimed residential work has be widely published in books and magazines globally including Dwell, Maison Francaise, Elle Decoration and Wallpaper.


designworkshop: sa – ANDREW MAKIN

Believing the land of Mahathunzi is sacrosanct, its topography raw and emblematic, quintessentially African - and far too important and valuable to be interfered with, designworkshop: sa integrated a complex and very personal client brief with the beautiful landscape. Designing living environments that embody and resolve Africa's beautiful contradictions of raw and refined, rough and smooth, lose and precise, rich and delicate, heavy and light, and containing and open requires architecture that is a direct extension of the landscape itself, rather than an imposition on it. Designworkshop: sa 's intimate and consistent engagement with clients through the whole design process, as well as their unique and particular design conceptualisation, and obsessive attention to detail, not only results in very special products but adds significant investment value. Designworkshop: sa's portfolio of projects includes the Constitutional Court building of South Africa, Singita Lebombo and Sweni lodges - both rated Conde Naste and Harpers Number One Hotels in the World, and a range of houses in some of South Africa's most sensitive and magnificent natural environments.


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