Robert Silke is one of South Africa's most prolific young architects, having recently completed Citadel's striking new granite head office in Claremont, Cape Town.
As senior partner in charge of design at Louis Karol Architects (2001-2015) Silke designed Chevron's award-winning new national headquarters in Century City, as well as the futuristic Point shopping centre in Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Silke is well known for his residential conversion of Old Mutual's former Art Deco Headquarters in the Cape Town CBD - and is widely credited as the catalyst for turning around the fortunes of Cape Town’s city centre.
Silke's past work also includes design for the reconstruction of Blue Route Mall, seven Holiday Inn hotels, the H&M installation at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, and pivotal roles in Cape Town's FIFA 2010 Stadium - as well as Portside, Cape Town's tallest building.
Robert McGiven has just completed the Quayside Winter Garden Pavilions, a major retail intervention at Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront.
McGiven has a pedigree of experience spanning his career at the world-renowned Noero Wolff architectural practice where he managed and documented international-prize-winning projects such as the Red Location Apartheid Museum in Port Elizabeth - and also for Johannesburg's Mashabane Rose architects where he similarly rolled out Atterbury's landmark Potato Sheds retail and restoration project.
McGiven's past work also includes Delft Symphony Community Housing, Usasazo Secondary School, Tramway Road Community Housing and even a sustainable diamond mine in Sierra Leone.
Robert Silke & Partners is committed to the principles of environmental sustainability. Our involvement in the design of the new headquarters for Chevron South Africa in Century City, Cape Town, which has achieved an as-built 5-Star Green Star rating, led us to understand that the entire consultant team (particularly mechanical and electrical) is critical in supporting architectural sustainability – and to this end we are experienced in identifying suitably-qualified consultants.
As a further consequence, our Partners and team have experience working with the Green Star rating tool provided by the Green Building Council of South Africa, and value it for its ability to focus the efforts of the design and consultant teams, and provide clear benchmarks for performance, while emphasizing the importance of an integrative design process in which ultimate energy and resource consumption are considered from the initial sketch design stage.
We do not regard sustainability as a new concept in architecture – rather it is a new emphasis on the first principles of good design, translating into buildings that are responsive to their immediate environment as well as responsible to the wider one.