Peerutin Architects move to Kloof Street Lifestyle Centre

Peerutin Architects' reception area in their new offices in the Kloof Street Lifestyle Centre.

Peerutin Architects, now in their twelfth year of operation, has moved offices to the Kloof Street Lifestyle Centre, where they occupy 400m² on two levels, the upper level being a mezzanine. Senior Partner, Simeon Peerutin, says that the new location “is wonderfully convenient” for both staff and clients, that the nearby amenities are comprehensive and attractive and that the open plan layout facilitates easy communication.

The lease, negotiated with Peter Murray of Baker Street Properties, is for four years and is renewable.

Most South African architectural practices went through a slump in 2009, but Peerutin Architects were less affected than most, said Peerutin: they still have a staff of 24 and this year they have seen the recession tailing off and new projects being commissioned. These are no longer primarily in the development market but in other fields such as top end housing, owner-occupied hotels (including a boutique hotel in the V & A Waterfront) and businesses.

The current work load, says Peerutin, is “satisfactory”. The firm is now working on three ultra-modern homes on the Atlantic Coast, which are likely to be ranked in the top 1% or 2% of all Cape homes. The selling price is expected to be in the region of R70 million.

Other commissions that will boost Peerutin’s turnover this year include work in Windhoek and Oshakati, Namibia. The firm is in joint venture with local architects Kerry McNamara to design projects. In Nigeria they are involved in a home for a high-ranking government official and in Gabon for one of the country’s elite. This last commission came to Peerutin Architects in direct response to their website featuring similar homes that have impressed many.

In Upper Claremont Peerutin Architects are designing The Herschel, an apartment complex for active retirees. This is being developed by a consortium of developers including Sandak-Lewin Developments and Berman Brothers.

In Higgovale a first-time developer has shown confidence in the recovery of the Cape property market by commissioning a five bedroom house in Leeuwenhof Road.

“I knew the previous house on the property and I always thought it failed to capture the potential of the site,” said Simmy Peerutin. “We inverted the design and put the main living area at the rear thereby capturing glorious views of the city and Table Mountain. The main bedroom was also sited to frame a panoramic view of Devil’s Peak. The house is under construction and expected to be complete in September 2010.”

All in all, says Peerutin, his firm is seeing a further upturn in commissions and is confident about the year ahead. The high percentage of residential work, he says, is always stimulating for architects because it allows for creativity and “a journey in partnership with the client”, which has regularly proved fruitful.

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