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Awards

Index22 Lansdowne Place: ECIA Regional Award 2009, SAIA National Award of Merit 2010, SAPOA Award 2010

In 2009 The Matrix won another Award of Merit from the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects for the remodeling of 22 Lansdowne Place, Port Elizabeth. The citation read: "The successful implementation of the strategy of contrasting an existing structure with a remarkably different contemporary expression demands a critical understanding of the existing fabric and well considered formal gestures in response to this understanding. Such understanding is evident in this project and the spatial nature of the original, which might easily have been simplistically disrupted in order to fulfill the programme of the brief, has been integrally retained. New architectural elements in contemporary materials, together with colourful artworks add an enlivening overlay to the original fabric without destroying its integrity. A lively and dramatic series of contemporary spaces are thus produced while the essential qualities of the building have been retained." In 2010 The Matrix won a National Award of Merit from the South African Institute of Architects for the remodelling of 22 Lansdowne Place. In 2010 The Matrix also won a SAPOA award titled “Against All Odds” This award acknowledged of the responsible investment of the property owner, whose maintenance and development of this property, in the inner city of Port Elizabeth, has contributed to the maintenance and enhancement of inner city property values as a whole.