“Deep in the temple. The sounds of bamboo-cutting: cold evening shower”

Kuroyanagi Shoha (d.1771)1


Wolf + Wolf Architects is a contemporary, sustainable architectural practice based in the Bokaap, Cape Town. We believe that spiritual cohesion is found in the harmony of purpose and form. Our dedication to finding the balance of beauty within social and environmental elements informs our practice, details our designs and ensures successful navigation through the requirements of each project.

We believe that spaces achieve their full potential meaning when natural elements are in harmony with the affairs of human life. The elements of light, wind and water have meaning when they are incorporated into a building. Balancing the forces of beauty of experience and holistic environmental sustainability takes priority in our practice.

“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.”  

Mies van der Rohe

At Wolf + Wolf, we conceptualize built form as the result of a process that considers cultural and natural environment aspects as part of a single, regulated, living organism. We achieve holistic projects by seamlessly integrating life supporting systems into the fabric of the building and broader site. We make use of innovative design strategies to achieve this balance of beauty and holistic sustainability.

Our strategies include the use of sustainable and appropriate construction materials and techniques; bioclimatic design (passive house) that supports holistic eco-system functioning; sustainable water capture and re-use and integrated nutrient cycling.


Our current global social and environmental context requires that we consider our choice of material ethically, as well as for longevity. For this reason, construction materials are highly considered and balanced for their aesthetic inspiration, environmental and social sensitivity and relevant contextual requirements.


We pride ourselves on being strong advocates for the hemp industry in South Africa and are leaders in Hemp construction nationally. Having built and been involved in a number of hemp built homes and, recently, larger building we understand the benefits and limits of this material. The numerous benefits to personal and environmental health is substantial, and for this reason is our material of choice for non-load bearing elements.


The warmth of timber is one of our greatest pleasures. Not only is it a sustainable choice of material when harvested correctly, but has the resilience needed to provide for broad range of construction challenges. Our method of timber Moon Harvesting ensures a high quality end project.