freestudio

architects

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no limits

Architecture is limitless. An autonomous artform that provokes emotion, transcends any boundaries and challenges the status quo. Architecture should be free.

“It is extremely important that I remain free in my own mind to achieve the goals I set for myself” – Tadao Ando, 1996

Being limited by perceptions, regulations and requirements, often result in recipe architecture or a stylistic approach. Our challenge is to free ourselves from this practice and allow architecture to speak for itself, to be what it wants to be.

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What we believe

We believe in the experience of architecture, the way it affects peoples’ lives, the way it makes people feel. Our goal is to create a positive experience for everyone.

in design principles that matter. Call it “Green” call it what you like as long as it contributes to something bigger than itself.

in a truth to materials, honest buildings, materials exposing themselves for what they are. Beauty lies in the simplicity of the palette.

great relationships shape great buildings. A building project is as much of a journey to us as it is to our client. We believe in sharing visions and negotiating terms in such a way that new lasting relationships are formed, more often friendship.

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Our featured Works

Witzenberg Valley House

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Limpopo Nature Reserve House

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Paradyskloof House – Renovation

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Boutique Winery Design Stellenbosch

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Vineyard House Stellenbosch

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Our Skills

In our studio you will often find us having an architectural debate, explaining ideas and concepts by building scale concept models and drawing by hand on the drawing board. This culture enable us to develop rich layered concepts with a much better understanding of the architecture.

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Our  Team

Liezl van Niekerk

Director – Architecture

“Keep healthy, stay positive and grow while living an energetic and full life to the service of others.”

 

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About Liezl

Liezl was born in Port Elizabeth and received her National Diploma (N-Dip) and Baccalaureus Technologiae (B-Tech) in Architectural Technology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she was awarded the best CAD student award in her final year and was invited to join the International Golden Key Society due to excellent academic achievements.

Upon completing her 2-year term as candidate she passed the professional practice exams with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession with distinction. She worked for a well-established architectural firm in Stellenbosch and gained years of invaluable experience in all sectors of Architecture, including student housing, office buildings, dwelling houses, hospitals, motor showrooms, wineries and many more.

Liezl shows love and passion for architecture and people. Her approach is humanistic and she always places a lot of emphasis on the client’s experience, and those of the users – one of the founding principles of freestudio architects. She believes in Sustainable design and is always searching for ways to make her architecture more responsive to the environment. She has a way of connecting with clients and she uses these connections to build lasting relationships.

Apart from architecture she loves running and challenging herself on a physical level. See her in action at the 2018 Comrades Marathon.

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Testimonials

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