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Residence - Oranjezicht
Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape

Alan Connor JOHNSTON: Architect


Cumming-George 1934

CAPE TOWN has proved rather conservative in following the modern trend in domestic architecture. While this is not an ultra modern residence, it shows the most contentious development, the flat roof, with a reasonable amount of modernity to make it interesting.

The plan reveals very clearly the simplicity of the general layout, consisting of entrance hall, lounge and dining-room as one, with two bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor, with the usual kitchen offices.

The staircase is cleverly placed, and leads to another bedroom and sleeping porch on the flat roof, an arrangement which defines the practicality of the flat roof while providing admirable open-air facilities.

The sleeping porch or open-air porch on the roof is enclosed on three sides, though even here, windows allow of more air being admitted if required, with the big hood projecting, which is of admirable shade value.

It will also be noticed that increased window space is allowed within the house in conformity with modern demands for more light and sunshine within our rooms.

The whole house, while being well built, is finished in the simplest form to curtail expense, but without sacrificing good taste and good wearing possibilities. The very efficient fireplace shows no adornment, but it accommodates one of the most efficient of modern grates, the bar-less, slow combustion type which gives out a maximum of heat.

Of the water-resisting qualities of this particular flat roof, it may be said that gradient has been carefully studied without giving one a sense of sloping, consequently this roof is drained immediately rain falls.

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

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 86-87