The Writers Paradise

Project Herbertsdale, South Africa I started the design on location in a deck chair, sketching and then making a small model. We then had a bulldozer cut the levels in the slope and made a 1:1 model with upright posts set in large rock filled pots so they could be moved around. With the house […]

Towerland Mountain Retreat

Project Chalets, main center and private dwellingHerbertsdale, South Africa “I’m really wanting to tell you that this is the most sublime home, that I could ever possibly imagine – and I’m convinced there is nothing else like this in the whole world. Its so simple, so whole, so generous, so utterly exquisite, so natural, so […]

Castle Rock Dizzy Heights

Project Castle Rock, Simonstown, Cape Town South Africa Coastal Verandah architecture is ubiquitous, and this house is no exception, perched on a really steep slope backdropped against high cliffs while looking out across the ocean.  The building curves gentle with the hillside contours and coated with a gray tiled roof to match the cliffs behind. […]

Simonstown Views

Project Simonstown, Cape Town South Africa The double story glass pivot door swings open and clips to the pergola upright giving the bedroom at the back clear sight of the seascape and distant hills. The winter sun streams through the expansive front glazing, while the summer sun gets entangled in the creeper growth over the […]

The Village Aparment

Project Hout Bay, Cape Town The brick work of the party walls between the 68 apartments gently swing into double conoid twists about half way along, with a shelf at waist height for a vase of red roses or a desert crystal. This is but one of this building’s unique features. It’s not something we […]

Farmer Angus and Mariota

Project Spier Farm, Stellenbosch, South Africa ‘Darling, is this flower arrangement really our roof?’. The temperature outside is 46 degrees centigrade and inside 23 degrees without air-conditioning, and that’s not because the thermometer’s broken. Thick clay walls, lime plaster hot hydrated on-site, natural casein paints all to regulate the relative air humidity for an ideal […]

Dancing Hall

Mozart’s music drifts, almost whimsically, through the wide front door while the building dances with the dancers. The brickwork flows with seeming abandon, quite unaware of need to arrange itself in regimented right angles and horizontal planes. The flat, singly and doubly curved surfaces create a warm safe place, carefully orchestrated, like an experienced schoolteacher […]