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House Thomson
Walmer, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

THEMBELA ARCHITECTS (PTY) LTD: Architect
Andrew THOMSON: Design Architect

Date:2012
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°58'27.33" S 25°36'21.36" E

Award for Architecture Citation

The architect’s own home always holds intrigue in that it is revelatory of the particular aspects of focus and concern for the designer. The house is conceived as a response to the site conditions and views, with the main orientation to the north, having glazed fold-away wall giving unrestricted views across the Baakens valley. The solid west wall provides privacy to and from adjacent site and protection from prevailing winds and rain. This is a hand-crafted piece built by the designer over some years with the use of recycled materials and a strong sense of the patina that old and crafted material brings, with a very high degree of attention to detail, giving the home a warm and lived-in feel.

Internal spaces are arranged around a central double-volume well adding a sense of spaciousness and spacial interplay while retaining a domestic scale. As a realised piece and personal statement of what a home might be – in its design, its making and its living – the project is conferred a regional Award for Architecture.


Writings about this entry

Herholdt, AD (Editor). 2013. Coastal Contemporary : Architecture of Nelson Mandela Bay : 2000 - 2013. Port Elizabeth: DOT Matrix Publications. pg 134-135