The project is located in Langezandt Fisherman’s Village, a secure housing estate in the coastal town of Struisbaai.
As with similar housing estates the architectural guidelines are pre-formulated, monitored and controlled by a Home-Owners Association to create visual cohesion. The gables, thatched roof, size and colour of the timber framed doors and windows and the plastered and painted exterior all conforms with the design requirements.
Although a designer is offered very little play or freedom with the formal and exterior expression of a design idea, or a contemporary re-interpretation of the historic fisherman’s cottage, an individual and meaningful space can still be created. This can be achieved in the way buildings are oriented and arranged in relation to one another on the erf, and the street. Furthermore, the interior living space becomes the primary canvas for the personal and individual expression of the homeowner.
Two distinct rectangular units forms the southern and eastern edge of the erf and serves to create a private outdoor area and shields it from the prevailing summer winds. The long narrow unit along the south houses the living and dining area and the main bedroom. The unit along the east offers accommodation for guests and opens up to the private outdoor area and patio. Physically separating the two units creates a selective grading of privacy and offers more freedom, or independence in use.
A garage and separate guest cottage might be added in the future.
Langezandt Fisherman’s Village, Struisbaai
For construction 2019