How we think

Architecture can, and should

make a difference

Our aim is to add value to our clients’ investment in property by seeking creative cost effective solutions that enrich human life, enhance neighbourhoods protect the environment and are sensitive to culture context. We work collaboratively with clients and consultants, constantly questioning and refining to ensure that we not only realise but exceed expectations. We are architects in Gauteng South Africa but have a national footprint in South Africa.






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The environment in which we practice is the city. The city mirrors the complexity of society in its environment and culture. This complexity demands that we do not pursue static, utopian solutions but engage meaningfully in each of the environments in which we work, constantly seeking to affirm the lives of the people impacted by our designs.

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Co-Arc collaborates with clients, consultants, communities and everyone in between. Each project is approached on its own merits, design solutions are developed in ongoing, close communication with the client. No project is tackled with preconceived solutions, or ideas. We work with clients in an interactive process to understand every aspect of a project and distill that understanding to achieve unique and elegant solutions. We are architects as well as Interior designers.

SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANAGHANANIGERIASENEGAL> Aziz Tayob Architects > Schnepel Architects > Consultium> Stauch Voster Associates > Martin Kruger Architects > Piet De Beer Architects > Bannie Britz> GAPP Architects > Bentel Associates International> Sack Crowhurst> Arup> Coplan> MWLF Architects > Botha & Associates > Motsepe Architects > Revel FoxARGENTINA> Miguel Angel Roco Arquitecto > Afrique De L'ouest Architectures> Orthner Orthner & Associates > ArupLONDON> Dexter Moren Associates> FMAGERMANY> Architekten Von Gerkan, Marg und PartnerDUBAI> Lindsay Boutros GhaliHONG KONG> Roco Design Architects > PSI> Paledi Co-ArcZIMBABWE> MA Design StudioMAURITIUS> Kushiram & AssociatesCURRENT COLLABORATIONSPAST COLLABORATIONSMOZAMBIQUE> ConsultechUSA> Perkins + Will
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How will we achieve a quality building? Will users find meaning in our work? Will the cultural value we aspire to, earn our design enduring appreciation? Are our solutions rooted in cultural understanding and respect? Can we contribute to the cultural expression with innovative approaches? Are we respectful to the cultural context in which we work? Are we anchoring the financial sustainability in true environmental sustainability? Do we push beyond the status quo in reducing our building’s energy demands and resources? Do we understand and are we respectful to the environment we are building in? Do we understand the resources in this context and on this site? Have we designed to suit the microclimate in this context? Can we put anything back, reuse or recycle? Are we conserving as much energy as we can? Do we have to import, or can we make it here? Will future generations judge that we used resources appropriately? Have we used the best technology available to us? Have we understood the possibilities inherent in the brief? Are we adding quality to the environment? Are we adding value to the client’s investment? Have we designed in such a reduced form that the results endure content and time? Are we creating simple cost-effective solutions that are easy to build in this context? Will the building still be relevant in the future? Will improving the neighbourhood add value to the building? Will our building improve the neighbourhood? Will our building add value to the community? Do we have the neighbourhood’s well-being at heart? Do we understand the investment in the neighbourhood? Have we considered the wider community affected by our intervention? Are we enhancing the neighbourhood in years to come? Have we created the best setting possible for the users to work, live, learn or play in? How will the user feel about the light, texture and acoustics of a space? How do we put ourselves in the shoes of the user? Does the building fulfill our client’s needs in every sense? How will occupants feel in the buildings? How will our clients feel in the space we create? How do we make a great place? How will we achieve value for the client?
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