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Beach House
Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

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DESIGNWORKSHOP : SA: Architect

Date:2008
Client:Namma Investments (Pty) Ltd
Type:Homestead
Style:Contemporary
Status:Extant

Award for Architecture Citation

The house is situated on one of the few remaining tracts of pristine fynbos in Plettenberg Bay. The building eschews the standard approach to maritime architecture and challenges perceptions of holiday design, in a location characterized largely by indigestible holiday architecture.

It is articulated with a refreshing palette of materials including off shutter concrete, terrazzo, structural steel and moving timber shutters. Its undiluted response to site and climate is breathtaking. The immediacy of sea enters the living spaces unhindered. In its curvilinear connections with the earth, reminiscent of 1950s car design, the building seems eager to connect with coastal climes, accentuated with the aerodynamic planes of the east elevation.

The moving shutters are not only captivating in evoking a childlike joy, but allow for a fine tuning response to climate that would otherwise not be possible. The shutters which envelop the house like a mantle, allow for a living experience that is constantly changing in response to light and climate. The flow of space is both permeating and enclosing which underlines the insouciant delight of the house.

Athough viewed on a spectacular day, the house appears to revel in its location, and hopefully is a joy to its owners.

Award of Merit Citation

The project eschews the standard approach to maritime architecture and challenges perceptions of holiday architecture. It is a breathtakingly undiluted response to site and climate. The immediacy of sea enters the living spaces unhindered. In its curvilinear forms, the building seems eager to connect with coastal climes, accentuated with the aerodynamic planes of the east elevation. The shutters that envelop the house like a mantle, allow for a living experience that is constantly changing in response to light and climate. The flow of space is both permeating and enclosing, which underlines the insouciant delight of the house. The house appears to revel in its location and is a joy worthy of merit.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

De Beer, Carla. Beach House: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 362-365

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