Chryso South Africa supplied a variety of products for the Lafarge Artevia concrete mix for the construction of House Bozwana, overall winner of the 2013 Lafarge Artevia Decorative Concrete Awards, which showcases the innovative and creative use of decorative concrete finishes. Sponsored by Lafarge South Africa’s Readymix concrete division and Chryso South Africa in collaboration with global pigment producer Lanxess of Germany, the Lafarge Artevia Decorative Concrete Awards were introduced in 2009 to show how decorative concretes can create better, more durable structures and enhance the environment in which they are located.
The installers and polishers of House Bozwana were Johannesburg-based Ocean Side Trading, which won the overall top award of R40 000, while the house’s architects, Nico van der Meulen Architects, were also among the professionals honoured at a gala function at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. Other category winners in the 2013 Lafarge Artevia Decorative Concrete Awards included QS Concrete Grinding and Polishing (Polishing Award), Horticare (Exposed), Melt Wahl (Colour), Boogertman & Partners (Exposed) and Panmixer SA (special award for showcasing Lafarge Artevia decorative concrete in the company’s showroom).
Commenting on the merits of decorative concrete in the design field, award-winning House Bozwana architect Nico van der Meulen said the concept has great potential in South Africa, but called for skilled and experienced applicators capable of achieving the desired standard. “The standard of the applicators’ workmanship and skills ultimately determines the quality of the finished product.”
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