The Man Behind the Building
Nobody becomes an architect because they think it sounds cool or they like to draw, it takes a lot of commitment and there has to be a genuine desire to do so.
There is a lot more to it — it needs to be a calling for you to even think that you will experience any measurable success in it. Charl van Deventer’s work shows such character, that of forwarded-thinking, future-driven architecture.
The 43-year-old professional architect started his career in construction management before dabbling in architecture. “I started out studying Construction Management, and after two years I realised I wanted to do something more creative,” says Van Deventer.
Where it all started
With a MArch (Master of Architecture) from the University of Pretoria, Van Deventer has been able to take his craft to another level. “After completing my studies, I worked in the United Kingdom for two years, but I really fell in love with architecture at the first job I had upon my return,” he says. He decided to take it further: “I was mentored personally by my employer, and he really taught me what good design was. It was during this time that I fell in love with architecture.”
He describes his greatest accomplishment in his career as starting his own practice. “My ultimate goal is to deliver uncompromising design to my clients. I always endeavour to design as if I were the client, giving every detail the attention that it deserves,” says Van Deventer.
As you can see for yourself, Van Deventer’s architecture exudes current, modern and unorthodox design. He describes his signature architecture style as contemporary modernism, “but with a South African influence with the use of local materials and textures”.
I always endeavour to design as if I were the client, giving every detail the attention that it deserves.
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Van Deventer is responsible for the architecture behind the unique Midstream Estate home that is sure to make any potential buyer’s dreams comes true. “The inspiration behind this home was the use of a few basic shapes, the architecture of the home is made up of a series of simple, geometric forms placed in a functional manner,” says Van Deventer.
“The shapes are then brought to life through the use of timber and steel to extend their geometry beyond their functional limit, whilst at the same time making the building more ‘approachable’,” he says. “The living spaces are arranged around a central courtyard, allowing for a greater sense of connection and intimacy.”
“Seeing as the home is in a residential estate, this arrangement also prevents the inhabitants from looking on to other houses that surround the property,” says Van Deventer. “Timber cladding was also used to frame the entrance, which creates a great sense of arrival. I also must give credit to our clients, for their own creativity and excellence in building this house.”
Van Deventer puts a lot of time and effort into what he wants his designs to exude. “What I enjoy most about architectural design is the balance between creativity and rational thought. As architects, we can really be creative, but it still needs to function well.”
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