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Year Name Location Status
2018 250 Buitengracht 250 Buitengracht, Cape Town Built
2018 Leyden House, Unit 5 Buitensingel St, Cape Town Built
2018 236 Buitengragt Street Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Built
2017 Aquarium Shop V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Built
2015 Disa Primary School Hout Bay In Progress
2015 27 Clovelly Avenue Vredehoek Project
2014 43 Lion Street Bo-Kaap Built
2014 Skukuza Restaurant Kruger National Park Built
2014 Quay 4 V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Built
2014 The Diamond Works Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Windhoek, OR Tambo Airport, Seychelles Built
2014 Lammershoek Farm Darling, West Coast In Progress
2014-2017 De Waterkant De Waterkant, Cape Town Built
2013 Out of India Mumbai International Airport, India Built
2013 Made in SA V&A Waterfront Built
2013 Indaba Lifestyle OR Tambo Airport, Gauteng Built
2013 Bambara OR Tambo Airport, Gauteng Project
2013 House Scheibe Silverhurst, Cape Town Built
2013 Urban Design Pretoria & Rondebosch In Progress
2013 House Reddy Hall Gauteng In Progress
2012 Murdocks V&A Waterfront Built
2012 Light Fittings Cape Town In Progress
2012 Balustrade Furniture Private Residence, Cape Town Built
2012 Kenya Duty Free Nairobi International Airport, Kenya Project
2011 Out of Africa Kids OR Tambo Airport, Gauteng Project
2011 House Rese Gordon's Bay, Western Cape Project
2010 Signal Hill Bo-Kaap Project
2010 Langbaai House Voelklip, Hermanus Built
2010 Voortrekker Road Maitland, Cape Town Project
2010 The Curator Buchanan Square, Salt River, Cape Town Built
2009 African Relish Prince Albert Built
2008 African Origins V&A Waterfront, CTIA, OR Tambo Built
2008 House Sibanda Yserfontein, Western Cape In Progress
2007 House J Simonstown Built
2007 Robben Island Shop Robben Island, Table Bay Project
2006 Tanur Jewellery Sandton City, V&A Waterfront Built
2006 Afro Cafe Salzburg, Austria Built
2006 Afro Coffee Exhibit various Built
2006 Serengeti Tented Camp Wagakuria, Serengeti, Tanzania Built
2005 Canterbury Square Canterbury Street, Cape Town Built
2005 Central Park Dublin, Ireland Project
2004 Ella Street Houses Bo-Kaap Built
2004 111 on 11th Guest House Hermanus Built
2004 Mystic Rose Muizenberg, Cape Town Built
2004 African Eco Store OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng Built
2004 House Fitzgerald Constantia, Cape Town Built
2003 Leyden House Gardens, Cape Town Built
2003 Breede River Malgas, Breede River, Western Cape In Progress
2003 NGK Synod Gardens, Cape Town Project
2003 Centrepoint Milnerton, Cape Town Demolished
2002 House Ferraz Bantry Bay, Cape Town Built
2002 Protea Hotels Lagos, Nigieria Built
2002 218 Buitengragt Street Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Built
2001 Out Of This World V&A Waterfront Built
2001 Wolpe Balusrade Maitland, Cape Town Built
2001 Clarins Furniture Clarins Headquarters, Cape Town Built
2001 Hurlingham House Hurlingham, Gauteng Built
2001 House Aucamp-Oosthuizen Vredehoek, Cape Town Built
2000 & 2013 The Parks Shops Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, Tsitsikamma National Park Built
2000 Restoration Work Stellenbosch, Western Cape Built
2000 Brunswick Terraces Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Built
2000 Parceval Pharmaceuticals Wellington, Western Cape Built
1999 - 2012 Out Of Africa V&A Waterfront Built
1999 House Rushmere-Maltbie Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Built
1999 (not yet fertilized) Egg Chair Cape Town Project
1999 Wine Ways V&A Waterfront Demolished
1999 Pinns Jewellery V&A Waterfront Demolished
1999 House Malan Voëlklip, Hermanus Built
1999 Trevoyan Guest House Gardens, Cape Town Built
1999 St. Francis Bay Hotel St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape Project
1997 Glass Table Cape Town Built
1997 House Vith Hout Bay, Cape Town Built
1997 5 Roodehek Street Gardens, Cape Town Built
1996 Spine Staircase Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Built
1996 African Image V&A Waterfont Demolished
1996 45 Leeuwen Street Bo-Kaap Built
1996 Catherine Moore Hyde Park Corner Built
1996 Mummy Bureau Private Residence, Cape Town Built
1994 Whale Seat Cape Town Project
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    On the urban fringe of the Bo Kaap sit two houses and, although they are not located in the Bo Kaap historical context, they still borrow much of their referencing from the area. The language is a typical ”Georgian” box form, small-scale and brightly coloured, and the houses respond politely and positively to the street.

    One house is the renovation of an existing house the other is new, and the buildings distinguish themselves from each other by colour and simple articulation. The design concept stems from the need for an appropriate response to the cultural and historical context of the area and making the most of the extraordinary views of the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and city from this edge of Signal Hill.

    The two houses share a party wall so are, effectively, row houses, but are designed to appear as distinctly separate houses within their urban context. Each of the internal functions is contained within a separate box and the design responds to the windy climate by arranging these boxes around an internal, protected courtyard that turns its back on the wind and opens its face to the sun.  Swimming pools are discretely placed in sunny spots, within the private courts, respecting the dominant Muslim neighbourhood's precepts .

    The distinct boxes overlap in section creating  and complex interlocking and intentionally ambiguous  spacial inter-connectivity between rooms and the 11 different levels in the house allow for free-flow communication between spaces. This very complex layering system in section composes unexpected glimpses of the garden, mountain and sky from any space and results in a tremendous feeling of connectedness between dweller and place.

    The site is two small 300m2.m erven and the constraints of this established surrounding fabric become the prospects as slivers of diagonal views are opened up by the building code setbacks.  These views are capitalized and become fixed views corridors to the landscape beyond.

    The project’s major challenge was trying to get a lot of house onto such a small site without the buildings becoming over-scaled and ostentatious. The budget was also a significant challenge so the technology had to be simple. As with all low budgets, it was challenging to achieve a minimal look and feel without the buildings coming across as unfinished.

    The project’s success has been recognized in the positive responses it has received from a variety of different people.  The politeness and discretion of the houses, in an area where many new projects are ostentatious and showy, has resulted in the houses receiving special Heritage Status Grading by the Heritage Authorities at CoCT as exemplary urban infill within a historical and culturally rich environment.

Ella Street Houses

  • Ella Street - Lower Ground Floor Plan
  • Ella Street - Ground Floor Plan
  • Ella Street - Upper Ground Floor Plan
  • Ella Street - East Elevation
  • Ella Street - Section A-A Plan
  • Ella Street - Section B-B Plan
  • Ella Street - West Elevation
  • Ella Street Houses
  • Ella Street Houses
  • Ella Street Houses
  • Ella Street Houses
  • Ella Street Houses
  • Ella Street Houses
  •  

    On the urban fringe of the Bo Kaap sit two houses and, although they are not located in the Bo Kaap historical context, they still borrow much of their referencing from the area. The language is a typical ”Georgian” box form, small-scale and brightly coloured, and the houses respond politely and positively to the street.

    One house is the renovation of an existing house the other is new, and the buildings distinguish themselves from each other by colour and simple articulation. The design concept stems from the need for an appropriate response to the cultural and historical context of the area and making the most of the extraordinary views of the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and city from this edge of Signal Hill.

    The two houses share a party wall so are, effectively, row houses, but are designed to appear as distinctly separate houses within their urban context. Each of the internal functions is contained within a separate box and the design responds to the windy climate by arranging these boxes around an internal, protected courtyard that turns its back on the wind and opens its face to the sun.  Swimming pools are discretely placed in sunny spots, within the private courts, respecting the dominant Muslim neighbourhood's precepts .

    The distinct boxes overlap in section creating  and complex interlocking and intentionally ambiguous  spacial inter-connectivity between rooms and the 11 different levels in the house allow for free-flow communication between spaces. This very complex layering system in section composes unexpected glimpses of the garden, mountain and sky from any space and results in a tremendous feeling of connectedness between dweller and place.

    The site is two small 300m2.m erven and the constraints of this established surrounding fabric become the prospects as slivers of diagonal views are opened up by the building code setbacks.  These views are capitalized and become fixed views corridors to the landscape beyond.

    The project’s major challenge was trying to get a lot of house onto such a small site without the buildings becoming over-scaled and ostentatious. The budget was also a significant challenge so the technology had to be simple. As with all low budgets, it was challenging to achieve a minimal look and feel without the buildings coming across as unfinished.

    The project’s success has been recognized in the positive responses it has received from a variety of different people.  The politeness and discretion of the houses, in an area where many new projects are ostentatious and showy, has resulted in the houses receiving special Heritage Status Grading by the Heritage Authorities at CoCT as exemplary urban infill within a historical and culturally rich environment.

Ella Street Houses