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Meanwhile # 4 | August 2006

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Due to the extensive revival of the property market in South Africa a society recognising a revolution in architecture is inevitable. We will have to reward and promote all the good work done by architects and developers alike to help sustain the high quality of work. This sparked the start of the Amateur Architecture Appreciation Society of South Africa.

With the cooperation of the publication Meanwhile magazine, we are able to give you all the latest trends and breakthroughs in the world of architecture. Anyone is welcome to join us and send in any examples of what you think is unique, new, trendy or just plain beautiful.

Each new article will be divided into the following categories (these are only guidelines to help you in identifying the best of the best).
- Best overall house or building.
- Little touches (features on which so much time is spent, but never get noticed).
- Buildings to look out for, the newcomers.
- More eye candy (we want to include as many beautiful homes and building as possible.

For the first report we will travel all the way up to the Limpopo Province's capital, Polokwane, to see what’s up in this booming city. We where so overwhelmed by the high quality of architecture in Polokwane that we decided to come back here in the near future to bring you even more northern splendour.

Our very first winner (left), with detail of the unique finish of golden 'David' sculptures (right).

By combining the old with the new, our first winner (above) creates a very unique look. The modern, very hip tuscan architecture is finished off with classic sculpture (golden David statues) achieving something out of the ordinary. The house has simple look, but by combing architecture and art in such a contemporary fashion makes it a clear winner.

Some more beautiful homes in runner-up positions.

Note the gates on the left with a musical theme. On the right is a more modern approach to a traditional safety addition, the garden wall.

Some newcomers to keep a close eye on in the future.