Prior to establishing the Krüger architectural practice, Leon was a partner in Burg, Doherty Bryant + Partners, now BILD Architects (1969 to 1984), Peter Hattingh Architects (1984 to 1985) and Osmond Lange Architects (1985 to 2005)
Leon Krüger Architects has a track record that would be difficult to equal. It comprises of more than three decades in specialised scientific, industrial and commercial architectural design.
Leon Krüger Architects has unmatched expertise in designing highly exact, dedicated facilities for medical, scientific and high-tech enterprises, as well as for distribution and warehousing firms. The forms of these types of buildings are determined primarily by their function and the accompanying engineering constraints, and from the 1970’s when Leon Krüger had begun to dedicate himself to these demanding fields. Hospitals, IT companies, engineering works and distribution centres are our primary clients.
These areas of specialisation – medical, scientific and high-tech enterprises – have led us to design and refurbish buildings throughout South Africa for many prominent clients, such as the national Government, the CSIR, Nestlé, Gilbeys, GNLD, Clicks, Simba, UTI Africa, Hitachi South Africa, Atlas Copco south Africa and Tiger Brands.
Leon’s designs have been lauded in various ways: –
- Leon’s design was the winning design for the Mpumalanga Health Department’s Tonga Hospital.
- The Nestlé Distribution centre in Kwazulu Natal was awarded the SAPOA Award for Innovative Excellence in Property Development
- The Grosvenor Corner office development in Rosebank, Johannesburg, was awarded the AAAMSA Architectural Awards award.
Notably, whilst a partner at Burg Doherty Bryant + Partners, Leon was the Project Architect for the famous Republic Observatory in Sutherland, Cape Province, which houses the telescopes of the South African Astronomical Observatory. Continuing along this trajectory, he thereafter designed some of the premier scientific establishments in South Africa, including, over a period of about ten years, most of the research and support facilities of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in Pretoria and Hartebeesthoek.
Krüger was Design and Project Architect of the International Convention Centre at the CSIR, and involved with the National Accelerator Centre in Faure, Western Cape, now called iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences, one of four National Facilities of the National Research Foundation which houses a number of sub-atomic particle accelerators for the study of nuclear medicine.
Krüger has a specific interest in logistics and materials handling management, and can also assist clients with facilities management solutions. He visited the Cemat Logistics Exhibition, in Hannover, Germany, the largest tri-annual exhibition of logistics in the world. He also visited distribution and manufacturing facilities in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland to broaden his understanding of this subject, and view the latest materials handling equipment.
In the process of completing more than 150 projects, Leon has developed a recognizable style, which is simultaneously functional – precise, effective, fit for purpose, and elegant – simple, tasteful and restrained.
With unflagging enthusiasm for his profession, Krüger continues to embody the principles of functionality and elegance in all the projects with which he is involved. His latest projects include the additional focal area of auditing and reporting on building projects for owners and developers:
- 2018 Mentoring and Coaching (Architectural)
- 2018 Tiger Brands Consumer goods, Factory