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FVDM - honest architecture

Finlayson van der Merwe (FVDM) Architects is a practice based in Hermanus, South Africa and pools the talents of experienced architect Andrew Finlayson and Jaco van der Merwe. “We believe that a building should be functional, and that simplicity and honest use of materials is the key to good design”. FVDM Architects offers the full range of architectural services.

“We share experience working on architectural projects ranging from shopping centers, film studios and wineries to private houses and residential developments,” says architect Andrew Finlayson.

“Our design philosophy starts with defining what is most appropriate on each site and extends to detailing every aspect of a building. We design ethically, and we value doing business in an open and honest manner. We pride ourselves on being sustainable architects, carefully selecting our materials to ensure minimal negative impact on the environment. We have a passion for the environment and the people of the Western Cape and cherish our part in shaping it.”

Our portfolio includes commercial projects like retail outlets, shopping centres, film studios and wineries. We have extensive experience in designing and managing private residential projects and residential developments.

FVDM uses Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to design and detail all architectural projects. Buildings are well resolved and clients can see exactly what a building looks like from the concept stage through to refining the small details.

FVDM-Collingwood Apartments

Simplicity and function is essential to good design.

Honest materials means celebrating the true natural qualities of materials.

Transparency and communication throughout the process from design to hand-over ensures a successful project.

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Andrew Finlayson

Andrew Finlayson​

Andrew was raised in Hermanus and studied architecture at the then University of Port Elizabeth after which he worked in Ireland for three years. On returning to South Africa he worked for MWP Architects in Cape Town for a further three years. After practicing on his own for a few years he joined up with Jaco van der Merwe in early 2013 and they have never looked back. Andrew is a member of the Hermanus Heritage and Aesthetics committee and is passionate about Hermanus and the Overberg.

Jaco van der Merwe

Jaco van der Merwe

Jaco grew up in Virginia and studied architecture at the University of the Free State. After studying he started a construction company in Hermanus in 2004 and sold it in 2013. There after he joined up with Andrew to establish FVDM Architects. Jaco brought with him extensive experience in costing and administration of projects.

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Finlayson van der Merwe Architects

Unit 5G | Hemel-en-Aarde Village | Main Road | Onrus River | Hermanus | 7201

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