Orton Architects
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When we decided to create our own firm in 2010, we had very strong ideas about the kind of buildings we wanted to design. We believe that architecture should be rooted to its particular place by using the best local materials and craftsmen. Our vision is to create buildings that are environmentally responsive, authentic, artful, tactile and modern.

By designing in harmony with the land, we create buildings that, through their massing, materials and orientation are sustainable. Through selective mass in materials, we keep the interiors cool during the day and warm at night. Lightweight roof structures prevent solar heat gain, harvest rainwater and can be designed to collect solar energy. We often base our concepts on the passive climatic response of vernacular structures of the region. Most of these old buildings are timeless, practical and beautiful and will continue to inform our way of designing.

While we are very proud of the buildings we design, we derive a great sense of accomplishment from our “family” of talented individuals we have assembled at our office. We also value every engineer, contractor and craftsman who forms an intricate part of the success of our projects. Their knowledge of construction and system performance is integral to any design and leads to sustainable and practical buildings.

Another important team member is the client of course. We have had the opportunity to work with amazing individuals and families who not only supported, but also inspired and challenged us. Through their dreams we are given the opportunity to realize our own.

“timeless architecture needn’t shout; it is more pleasant to listen to the wind whispering through it” Bill Turnbill

  • We mainly focus on: House design
  • Venue & Conference architecture
  • Lodge & African vernacular architecture. Our clients range from young couples living in the city with a budget ranging from R300 000 to R10 000 000
  • to the countryside landowner dreaming of developing his property into an upmarket conference facility or Lodge.
Service areas
Pretoria & whole of South Africa
Company awards
  • ETD AWARD. “Jacques Orton explored the possibilities in shifting ecological, environmental and employment trends towards long-term sustainability in post-apartheid South Africa. His plans to revitalize an aging urban center in the outskirts of Pretoria are now the talk of scholars and urban planners who are now advocating for legislative policy change.
  • His vision presents the tremendous potential to turn-around the poverty ravaged areas of his home town and transform this region through micro-economic development and provide a model for others around the world including developers in far-away Detroit, Michigan and many other gentrified urban centers.”
  • http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-02022010-163309/
306 Russel street, Rietondale
0084 Pretoria
South Africa
+27-123291637 www.ortonarch.co.za


Jacques Orton is full of good ideas, packed with practical and technical advice, overflowing with visionary concepts, and crowned with integrity and generosity. Easy to recommend him to anyone in need of professional architectural services!
almost 4 years ago
I wish I had funds to start a project right now, I would not hesitate to hire Orton Architects. I love their approach: Excellence and beauty, and doing so with integrity and dedication. When I see posts from their projects, I want to be there : )
almost 4 years ago
Their passion for architecture is distinct in their conversations and demonstrated in their actions. Even the expert can become weary and without passion this can lead to giving up. It is their passion that drives them to excellence.
almost 4 years ago
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