Building Of The Day: A House That’s Nearly All Views
November 16, 2012
Building: Head Road 1816
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Why We Liked This:
This house was decidedly framed by the key features of the site, which is both narrow and steep. The spatial conditions helped the architects both render the form of the house—a stacking of “simple cubes”—and frame the experiences within. The narrowness is legible in the interiors where there are several sectional changes that overcome the limitations of width. These gradational steps creates different “zones” in the house, such that the children’s bedrooms are removed from the master bedroom, or that the center of the house is lined off as an exclusive “family room”. The steepness allowed for a tiered view outwards to the the bay and ocean beyond. It’s toward this panorama that the architects orient and connect the house, using sliding glass and screen walls that effortlessly link the inside to the outside. See more of this project in the Architizer database here.
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