This second last issue on Memory, focuses on architecture formed from the influences of place, the experiences of an architect and a tradition of regional architectural history particularly in Pretoria. It begins by exploring regionalist architecture in South Africa during the last century and then illustrates how these principles are being applied today, using House de Villiers as an example.
Located in Mooikloof Residential estate where a large variety of different architectural styles have proliferated such as Boere Spaans, Variant of Tuscan Architecture, and Neo Classical and Neo Baroque Styles. To their credit the clients, a young professional couple, requested a natural and earthbound expression of dwelling rather than a self-conscious reference to style or Modern Formalism.
The Brief was to create a spectacular home which encapsulated the expansive 360 degree mountain and sea views. Though views out were paramount this needed to be carefully balanced with the required privacy from within. The living areas were to be open plan – enhancing everyday life. “The architecture needed focus on creating a contemporary, uncluttered and sculptural building,” said Tamaryn Fourie, senior associate and project team member.
In my opinion, successful architectural is that which recognises, builds upon and improves its traditions through the influences of function or available technologies. Copying a tradition freezes it in time and results in limited aesthetic interpretations like the ubiquitous Tuscan enclaves that surround our cities. This chapter on memory and the next, will focus on regional architectural traditions and will show how a response to climate and available materials in Pretoria after the Second...
Completely rebuilt to combine spectacular design with exceptional wildlife adventures, andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge re-opened its doors on 1 September 2014.
For over 25 years, the Department of Architecture at the University of the Free State has acknowledged and celebrated the work of South African architects through an annual Sophia Gray exhibition and memorial lecture. In this, the third chapter on memory, I will highlight the importance of recording the work of seminal architects in South Africa and the importance that this year's laureate attaches to memory in architecture.
Located at the foot of a nature reserve in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Kloof Road House is the latest project by Nico van der Meulen Architects. The client's brief called for a family orientated home suitable for indoor/outdoor entertainment that maximizes the views to the north. The result is a 1100m² sculptural piece of architecture that is an extreme transformation from the previously modest single story.
September is Heritage Month and "the theme for this year…is ‘Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage’. On the 10th of September an historic announcement was made of a hugely important fossil find at one of our World Heritage sites, the Cradle of Humankind. The unveiling of a newly discovered species, Homo Naledi extends our knowledge of humankind and highlights the importance of our heritage. It also reminds us that we need to respect and conserve our cultural heritage for the...
The Green Verandah aims to be a didactic and heuristic residential project showcasing the implementation of bio-climatic design principles, passive design principles (specific climatic zone), renewable energy sourcing & alternative building material use.
In the next four chapters, I will comment on our relationship with the history of architecture. No architecture will ever be truly new as it exists as part of a continuum of thought and development over time. But it is my contention that architecture that clearly recognises its position in this continuum, produces deeply rooted solutions. These imbue a quality I have, lately, begun to recognise and describe as a relationship between familiarity and strangeness. In this chapter I will outline how...