Jason Erlank Architects lands a SAIA Award of Merit

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The movers and shakers of the architectural world in South Africa gathered at Shine Studios in Braamfontein at the beginning of September to witness the presentation of the 2015/2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards of Merit for Excellence in Architecture to the cream of the profession.

The Corobrik-SAIA Awards are presented on a two year cycle and are open to SAIA members from all of its regions nationwide who are invited to submit entries for their best work of any kind. Regional awards are presented in the first year of the cycle and national awards in the second year.

Among those that shined on the night was Port Elizabeth architectural firm, Jason Erlank Architects, for its work at House Scribante, which is situated at Little Walmer Golf Estate, in Walmer, in the city.

“It’s great to be recognized by your peers on a national level and to know that the work we are doing is up there with the best in the country. The recognition also gives us confidence to keep developing and moving forward in the direction we are going,” owner, Jason Erlank, told RNEWS.  

According to Erlank, his firm came on board after Mr Scribante acquired this site in order to build a family home to live in and enjoy for the next 20 years.

The brief was for a large living areas capable of hosting his extended family, for enough bedroom space to accommodate his growing family, and for the design to be a reflection of his involvement in the national concrete and construction industry.

“We conceptualised and designed the building, tendered it and then supervised and administered the contract right through to completion,” he said.

“Gary Bosch from Gigi's Design House worked with us on the Lighting, Sanware and Interiors.”

The site itself was a very challenging one as together with a 10m valley edge building line, it is a long narrow pointed affair that runs along a North- South axis. Prevailing SW/ SE winds, along with a single storey height restriction off kerb level, result in a design solution that became a civil engineering exercise as much as an architectural one.

The winning result

At House Scribante, a "valley" courtyard is utilised as a sheltered space to live out into- created and formed by a massive concrete retaining wall. The elongated Westerly edge of the home is a series of layers that protect the inhabitants from the elements. These layers can be adjusted according to the seasons to enhance the buildings' thermal performance.

Some other passive design features include sliding timber screens, overhead tensile canopies, deep overhangs double glazing and balconies that were all employed to create a comfortable living environment as well as to comply with the Sans Regulations that came into effect in 2012. Other "green' technologies include a 100% Zinc roof handmade by craftsmen on site- underfloor heating powered by heatpump technology as well as LED lighting.

A borehole with a reverse Osmosis filtering system is also employed. A 25 metre lap pool and yoga studio are elements that contribute to the healthy lifestyle enjoyed by the client and his family.

The result of all of these factors is a contemporary family home that lends itself to entertaining and living outdoors, and by mimicking the surrounding topography, creates a sheltered environment to support these activities well into the future!

This is not the first time that Jason Erlank Architects has won a top award for the project.

“We won an ECIA Award of Merit for the same project in 2015,” Erlank said, adding that previous ECIA Awards of Commendation have also been received for projects in Port Elizabeth and St Francis Bay.

About what makes his firm unique on the market, he said; “The idea is that we produce quality, custom designed solutions for all our projects.

“These range from Residential through to Commercial and Industrial projects. Three recent projects are Mohair SA, in 6th Avenue Walmer; the Lemontree, in 1st Avenue Walmer, and the New Southcity Office Block in 9th Avenue Walmer.”

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