With a simple, yet beautiful design philosophy, and by combining nature with functionality, the seasoned Leon Saven Design has contributed greatly to both the national and international architectural, design and building industry.
The man behind many architectural and design projects, in Cape Town, as well as abroad, designer, Leon Saven, recently received the 2015 award for Architecture by the Cape Institute for Architects. Leon explains how he became intrigued with how things were made at an early age. His intuitive curiosity helped to shape Leon’s design world.
As a kid I used to love taking things apart as well as building them; models, toys etc.
Leon has initiated and contributed significantly to the urban renewal and rejuvenation of central Cape Town, since the establishment of Leon Saven Design. With more than 30 years experience in the architectural and design industry, Leon spent 11 years working in Santa Barbara, California. He returned to South Africa in 2003 to established his de Waterkant studio.
Spurred on by the urban growth and changes in the inner city, a dynamic atmosphere has been created encouraging a strong, collective energy.
He is the proud designer of some of Cape Town’s most loved restaurant interiors; Origin Coffee Roasting, Beluga and Savoy Cabbage. His passion for design is his vehicle to success, and he applies a holistic and integrative approach to all of his projects, as seen in his newly built 10 story mixed development project in de Waterkant, amongst other heritage and restoration projects around the city.
Leon also designed the beautiful 28 Hudson Street Extension, a new addition to the tobacco-packing warehouse dating back to the 1890’s, it is a heritage building restoration, where he added two floors and a mezzanine with over 300m² of office space, perfect for a design studio or art gallery. This building also shows off views of Cape Town’s city and harbour. The buildings are made of brick and timber surfaces, the steel and glass combination adds to the contemporary feel and in contrast with the raw materials.
There is so much room for better architecture and we ought to always be striving to find what that is.
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