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

Kuroyanagi Shoha (d.1771)1

 

Wolf and 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 design and ensures successful navigation through the requirements of each project.

Ethos

Balancing the forces of beauty of experience and holistic environmental sustainability takes priority in our practice. Spaces are given rich 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.

At Wolf + Wolf architects, 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. By making use of innovative design strategies we balance the forces of beauty and holistic environmental sustainability.

Our innovative design 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.

Materiality

“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.”  – Mies van der Rohe

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.

Hemp

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.

Timber

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.

Team

Wolf Wolf

Principal Architect

The principle architect and founder, Wolf is the vital force and savant behind every project.

Drawing wisdom from the ether, Wolf has successfully woven together a range of projects that showcase his ability to synthesise and reproduce consciousness into form.

His career began ..?.

Leire Bilbao

Architect

Her passion for social and spatial justice, particularly within urban context,  is evident in both her contribution to the practice as well as personal integrity. As well as her commitment to sustainable and ecological design.

Having completed her studies in 2012 in Madrid (Spain), Leire has since worked across a range of projects in Spain, Senegal and Cape Town before joining Wolf + Wolf in 2016.