Paragon Architects

Paragon  Architects

We love what we do, and it shows. Our work is driven by true passion for the process of architecture, and by a hands-on engagement with all opportunities presented in the modern building industry. We believe that the true measure of our skill is our ability to engage at all levels and with all players that make up the colourful world of construction.

Our buildings look forward. We embrace the future, because we will be a part of it. With its problems and responsibilities, and with its great freedoms and achievements.

Most of all, we have not lost our sense of humour, and we are genuinely optimistic. Our work and our business conduct have a solid and consistent ethical basis, and we consider ourselves as generalists.

Our business has been built on our willingness to apply our knowledge to almost any design task, and we have completed buildings and projects of many different types in almost all property industry sectors. Our current core competencies lie in the design of workplace environments, specifically head offices, along with retail, sports and leisure architecture.

We have expanded our operational footprint beyond Southern Africa into Africa, and have specific current project interests in Angola, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique.

Paragon Architects is known for being flexible and diverse in its approach to design. Our work is not style-driven, but lifestyle-driven. Elegant and efficient planning are at the core of our designs.

We understand the needs of our commercial developer clients, and know how to find ever new architectural forms in a competitive property market. To this extent, our work is fashion-driven, and we move forward from project to project, as our skills grow and our clients’ trust in our ability grows.

Since 2000, our clients have entrusted us with shaping the working environments of the following companies in South Africa:

  • Alexander Forbes
  • Marsh
  • Standard Bank
  • BDO
  • Bloomberg
  • Boeing Corporation
  • Routledge Modise Evergreens Attorneys
  • General Motors
  • Oracle
  • Motorola
  • Nashua Kopano
  • Sun International
  • Group 5 Building & Housing
  • T-Systems
  • Discovery Health
  • Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Cliffe Decker Hofmeyr Attorneys
  • Fluxmans Attorneys
  • ABSA Capital
  • Marsh Insurance
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • TBWH
  • Afgri

Currently under construction are corporate offices for:

  • Sasol

We were part of the Stadium Architects Joint Venture for the design of the new 68.000-seater Green Point stadium for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup through our Cape Town JV office, Point Architects & Urban Designers (Pty.) Ltd. This R4.2-billion project was successfully handed over to the client for commissioning on 21 December 2009.

We are actively looking to engage with established developers in South Africa and the rest of Africa with long-term stakes in the property industry, and who share our vision for the production of quality environments.

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Paragon Architects was formed in 1997 by Anthony Orelowitz and Henning Rasmuss, who remain its sole shareholders.

Paragon Architects now forms the core of a diverse and growing group of independently owned and managed design businesses, each providing focus and niche competency in a specific market sector and field of competence.

These businesses cover all aspects of architecture and design, with commercial design, sports, leisure, education, and retail projects being carried out by Paragon Architects.

Paragon Interface, augments our service offering with space planning and interior architecture skills.

Paragon Hub is a limited service design agency for middle and lower income housing, themed communities, golf estates and secure lifestyle estates and industrial development projects.

More information on the Paragon Group of independent design businesses can be found at:

  • Paragon Interface
  • Paragon Hub
  • Paragon Architects South Africa