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B+AA is a small-sized boutique architectural firm located in Wellington, Western Cape - with satellite offices in Pretoria, Gauteng & Ballito, Kwazulu-Natal.

We are a network of designers, architects, interior architects, urban planners, landscape architects, and an array of highly skilled construction specialists.

We provide solutions and services within the built environment & natural systems that sustain us!

B+AA -  Our 4Core-System

The 4Core System™ provides national & International clients a way to feel comfort and peace of mind.

The problem with building a luxury home in South Africa is that you are going to be based offshore. Traditional project planning methods don’t really work when the client is so far away.

 

This is why Leon our MD created The 4Core System™.  The system is specifically designed to allow international clients to build a dream vacation home in South Africa. The system removes the traditional obstacles and pitfalls normally associated with building a project away from home.

The 4Core System™ is a workflow to make B+AA the best architecture firm for international clients.  It is a complete company philosophy based on excellence, efficiency, communication, expertise, knowledge, and technology. Backed by over 20 years of construction experience, Leon instills the core of the 4Core System™ with the knowledge and practicality of a Master Builder and ensures the home's B+AA designs are technically resolved and built problem-free.

The 4Core System™ was created to provide our clients with an incomparable customer experience in providing the best in architectural design and building solutions for international clients.  The 4Core System™ ensures that your project is designed and built to exceed your expectations, with a unique attention to detail, and with straightforward and successful project development.

 

Our ultimate goal is to create projects so enjoyable for our clients that they actually return and hire us again

"We bring singular expertise in bridging the art and talent of design with the practicality and precision for construction. The combined know-how allows us to design projects that are client-centric, beautiful, and practical at once.

 

The constant learning from construction makes us better designers.

we make it beautiful and make it work for you."

"We bring singular expertise in bridging the art and talent of design with the practicality and precision for construction. The combined know-how allows us to design projects that are client-centric, beautiful, and practical at once.

 

The constant learning from construction makes us better designers.

we make it beautiful and make it work for you."

Expertise

20+ YEARS DESIGN-BUILD EXPERIENCE

PROPER & COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION

FOR EFFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION

PRACTICAL DESIGN SOLUTIONS

REAL-WORLD CONSTRUCTION EXPERTISE

INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING

ARCHITECTURAL FIRM

ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN,

LANDSCAPE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

UNDER ONE ENTITY

COMPLETE DESIGN INTERGRATION

OF MAIN TRADES

COORDINATED HVAC SYSTEMS DESIGN WITH

ARCHITECURAL AND STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

PRECISE INTERGRATION & COORDINATION

BETWEEN PROJECT TRADES

"We work hard and demand the same from our consultants to ensure that our projects are properly coordinated, analyzed, and documented in order to eliminate on-site problems and clashes that need to be resolved on-site.

 

We put a significant amount of time working on our BIM modeling to ensure that things get designed the right way so that they get built efficiently and cost-effectively."

Intergration

"Communication is a centerpiece of our work.

With our clients spread all over the world, we have developed our services tailored to make sure we provide a top-level customer experience from afar.

 

Our clients always love how they can remain involved and engaged, without being overbearing and making the process an enjoyable experience."

Communication

VIDEO CONFERENCING

ROUTINE REPORTING & UPDATES

ACTIVE CLIENT INTERACTION & ENGAGEMENTS

WEB-BASED PROJECT INFORMATION

& COMMUNICATION HUB

VISUAL TOOLS FOR PROJECT EVALUATION

AND REVIEW

PHOTO REALISM

BIM X INTERACTIVE 3D MODELS

VIRTUAL REALITY

INTERNATIONAL RECONIZED BIM EXPERTS

PROJECTS ENTIRELY DEVELOPED IN

3D BIM TECHNOLOGY

FULL DESIGN COORDINATION BETWEEN

ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING

– EXCLUSIVELY IN 3D TECHNOLOGY

"For us, technology is a core element of our philosophy and the way we work. Leaders in the application of technology to our trade, we leverage this to provide our clients with true visualization and understanding of our designs.

 

This gets translated into efficient projects because our clients truly understand the design and are able to provide the correct feedback before it ever gets built."

Technology

B+AA -  Architectural Design Process 

1

Pre-design

(Scope & Cost  Study)

2

Concept

3

Design Development

4

5

Drawing Documentation

a. Council Drawings

b. Construction Drawings

Tender & Bidding

The first thing you’ll notice about working with B+AA is our ability to uncover your wants, needs, hopes, and dreams for your new home. We listen intently and ask the questions you might not think of… and then ask some more.

 

We examine everything from your morning coffee routine to your hobbies and interests to the way you like to entertain. We use all this information and combine it with state-of-the-art architectural design technology and our decades of experience to develop a perfectly tailored, ‘unique-to-you’ design.

We are one of the few Cape-Winelands firms that offer an unlimited amount of 3D home design renderings and we create for every client the unique experience of a virtual reality home tour and fly-thru.

This ensures even the smallest detail is understood, giving you complete confidence in your design decisions, and maximizing your budget (and happiness) before construction even begins.

This ensures even the smallest detail is understood, giving you complete confidence in your design decisions, and maximizing your budget (and happiness) before construction even begins.

6

Construction

a. Contract Administration

B+AA -  Leading experts in BIM design 

You may not have heard about the term BIM before, and that’s fine because it is a technical term that is usually only talked about in the architecture industry.

 

BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, but even this is still a rough term for people outside the industry to grasp.

The quick explanation is that BIM is a work philosophy for architecture where an entire project is developed by creating a highly detailed 3D model of the project, in which a high degree of specification and detail is embedded.

The drawings created come from this live model, and ensure absolute precision and coordination, which for the owner means efficiency and money saved.

The typical nightmare created in 2D CAD where several drawings show different ways to build the same thing are eliminated.  Here is where your money is wasted by a set of drawings that create problems, uncertainty, and mistakes.  All of this takes money to fix once they pop up during construction, and still, some things cannot be fully fixed. Today, your home should not be drawn, it should display the real-life conditions and solutions.

Projects fully developed in BIM are clearer, better communicated, better resolved, are much more efficient than those from other design tools.  The owner can fully visualize and understand the project in the design process, the builder can better execute the construction since they can see the project in full detail and they learn to trust the level of detail and development in the design.

Cost projections are better and more complete since every detail can be fully understood and analyzed.