Our Services

 

Archiway Architects in Pretoria does Architectural design, and our building plan services consist of architectural design, interior architecture, space planning, green design and project management.
 

What is Architectural Design and How We Do Architectural Drawings?

Architectural building design consists of interpreting the needs and requirements of each individual client for their build and combined with our professional knowledge about materials, trends and spaces we create unique architectural design solutions (created to match your architectural design needs). Archiway Architects uses 3D imaging where possible or required to explain the architectural design of spaces and buildings. Architectural design is the design of buildings or urban landscapes, as opposed to the construction documents and management required to construct it. Our designers use their amazing creative skills, imagination and artistic talent to create the most unique architectural designs. The house design, business or building is what is transferred on to a building plan documents for you new design.

Architectural Design Origins

“Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ?ρχιτ?κτων – arkhitekton, from ?ρχι- “chief” and τ?κτων “builder, carpenter, mason”) is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.”

Practical Aspects of Architectural Design and Architecutral Drawings.

The architectural design and drawings of any buildings combines planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations and includes green principles where required. The Architectecturial design of any building requires the creative manipulation and coordination of material, technology, light and shadow. Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings and structures, including scheduling, cost estimating and construction administration. As documentation produced by architects, typically drawings, plans and technical specifications, architecture defines the structure and/or behavior of a building or any other kind of system that is to be or has been.

Project Management in the design and building process is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. A project is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.
The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary —and more ambitious— challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined  objectives”

Interior Design is the design of comfortable human spaces in residential, commercial or retail buildings. Architects Pretoria interior designers use their creative skills together with knowledge of spaces and organisational skills to create comfortable living and working environments

Architectural Draughting consists of documenting the design done by the Architectural designer in such a way that the contractor is able to construct the actual building from such drawings.  Archiway Architects in Pretoria have experienced architectural draughtsmen have excellent knowledge of construction details, timelines and spaces to ensure working drawings are clear and easy to understand.
“An architectural drawing or architect’s drawing is a technical drawing of a building (or building project) that falls within the definition of architecture. Architectural drawings are used by architects and others for a number of purposes: to develop a design idea into a coherent proposal, to communicate ideas and concepts, to convince clients of the merits of a design, to enable a building contractor to construct it, as a record of the completed work, and to make a record of a building that already exists”

Procurement of design and building materials is the sourcing of materials or services for a specific project. At Archiway Architects in Pretoria we feel that it is crucial that the best quality for the best price is found for our clients. 

Turn Key Solutions describes a project where a full service is offered to our clients where the project combines design, technical details, sourcing of materials, budgets and construction of the project to ensure the best final product. A turn key project also takes away a tremendous amount of stress and involvement required from the client. Archiway Design  offers turn key solutions for our interior and architectural projects.
Turnkey refers to something that is ready for immediate use, generally used in the sale or supply of goods or services. Turnkey is often used to describe a home built on the developer’s land with the developer’s financing ready for the customer to move in. If a contractor builds a “turnkey home” they frame the structure and finish the interior. Everything is completed down to the cabinets and carpet “Turnkey” is commonly used in the construction industry, for instance, in which it refers to the bundling of materials and labor by sub-contractors.

Archiway Architects in Pretoria will source the best contactors suitable for a specific project to ensure the best end result within budget constraints. 

Green building design is the process in designing a building that doesn’t negatively impact the environment. The main goals of green building design is to sustain the environment and to prevent disrupting the natural habitats around it.


Benefits of green building design:

  • energy efficient
  • resource efficient
  • environmentally responsible

Green building design is a key to making a difference to the environment. The conversation surrounding global warming and the need for conservation is as hot as ever, and South Africa is beginning to shift its focus to fitting into the current worldwide trend of eco- architecture (aka - green building design). Green architects in South Africa are leading the revolution that will see many more green building design projects being undertaken by the construction industry in the future.


Due to Archiway Architects Design Pretoria 's extensive knowledge of green building design and our involvement with the green building council since 2007, we offer an additional service to any client to incorporate green design principles from an early architectural design stage ensuring the best solutions depending on how “green” the client wishes the building to be. Archiway Architects is able to assist in obtaining an actual green start rating should this be required.


We will oversee your project in the following ways:

  • Client Green Building Design Brief: create a vision for a new green building project
  • Early evaluation of project‐specific green design strategy feasibilities and benchmarking for sustainable design operations
  • Guidance to the overall process and coordination of the team, consultants and client expectations for green building design projects.
  • Advise, coordination, providence, submitting and track of all the necessary documentation for accreditation - we are no strangers to the accreditation process.

Our many leafed strategy produces buildings that are smart, healthy, and sustain all of their own needs on site, they are beautiful buildings that increase biodiversity, and sustain a living relationship with the environment around them.


Green building design is no longer a buzzword but an essential part of every architect’s checklist

Our Process

process pie chart.

Inception(3%)

Establish client requirements and preferences, assess user needs and options, appointment of necessary consultants, and establish the project brief including project objectives, priorities, constraints, assumptions aspirations and strategies

 Typical deliverables include:

  • Agreed scope of services and scope of work.

  • Signed agreement.

  • Report on project. Site and functional requirements Schedule of required surveys, tests, analyses, site and other investigations.

  • Schedule of consents and approvals.

 

Concept and Viability(15%)

Prepare and finalise the project concept in accordance with the brief, including project scope, scale, character, form and function, plus preliminary programme and viability of the project

Typical deliverables include:

  • Concept design.

  • Schedule of required surveys, tests and other investigations and related reports.

  • Process design.

  • Preliminary design.

  • Cost estimates as required.

Design Development (15%)

Develop the approved concept to finalise the design, outline specifications, cost plan, financial viability and programme for the project)

Typical deliverables include:

  • • Design development drawings.

  • • Outline specifications.

  • • Local and other authority submission drawings and reports.

  • • Detailed estimates of construction costs.


Documentation for local authority submission(20%)

Prepare sufficient documentation for local authority submissions and HOA , coordinate technical documentation with consultants and complete primary coordination

Typical deliverables include:

  • • Design development drawings.

  • • Outline specifications.

  • • Local and other authority submission drawings and reports.

  • • Detailed estimates of construction costs.

Construction documentation (15%)

Prepare procurement and construction documentation, confirm and implement the procurement strategies and procedures for effective and timeous procurement of necessary resources for execution of the project.

Typical deliverables include:

  • Co-ordinate technical documentation with the consultants and complete primary co-ordination

  • Prepare specifications for the works

  • Review the costing and programme with the consultants

  • Obtain the client’s authority and submit documents for approval

Construction(27%)

Manage, administer and monitor the construction contracts and processes including preparation and coordination of procedures and documentation to facilitate practical completion of the works

Typical deliverables include:

  • Schedules of predicted cash flow.
  • Construction documentation.
  • Drawing register.
  • Estimates for proposed variations.
  • Contract instructions.
  • Financial control reports.
  • Valuations for payment certificates.
  • Progressive and draft final account(s)
  • Practical completion and defects list
  • Electrical Certificate of Compliance

Close Out(3%)

Fulfil and complete the project close-out including necessary documentation to facilitate effective completion, handover and operation of the project

Typical deliverables include:

  • Valuations for payment certificates
  • Works and final completion lists
  • Operations and maintenance manuals, guarantees and warranties
  • As-built drawings and documentation
  • Final accounts