town residence
appointment: architecture
hermanus
completed 2008

Conceptualised as a contemporary farmhouse, the building consists of a series of long barn-like forms separated by concrete roofs serving as roof water catchment and circulation routes below. The house reveals the honesty of materials with the use of off-shutter concrete ceilings, unpainted bagged brickwork, polished concrete floors, raw timber roof trusses and unpainted galvanised roof sheeting. A central private courtyard with water trough and thorn trees is enclosed with sliding doors which disappear into cavities when opened. The roofed and furnishable verandas to the north and south of the house along the central axis serve dual entrance spaces for approach in either direction.

Photography by Guido Schwarz