18 Exeter Rd, Bishopscourt

A conventional compartmented Georgian-style house, with no relationship to ground, on a steep and oddly shaped site was recast as an open flowing immersive space, in conversation with its surroundings.

The top floor was interpreted as a ‘floating mountain roof’, with dormers that are elaborated to converse with the powerful cliffs of the back of Table Mountain. New additions outside of the existing envelope are expressed as separate timber clad buttress-like elements. As an abstraction of typology and landscape, the composition relies on the clarity and precision of its junctions, as well as on the purity of its forms for its eloquence.


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