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House Jonker
Silver Lakes, Pretoria, Gauteng

THOMAS GOUWS ARCHITECTS AND INTERIORS: Architect

Date:n.d.
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant

Commendation Citation

The relatively flat and featureless site of House Jonker lies on the edge of the golf course on the Silver Lakes Estate. The site also features some trees on the street edge.

When one looks at the site plan (plan and sections), one cannot but be impressed by the logic and discipline with which this building has been designed. It is essentially a series of interlocking planes and cubistic volumes, forming many intriguing spatial experiences.

The way in which it has been designed would lead the users to intuitively know how to use and enjoy the various spaces. The architects know precisely how to lead the eye and bodies through space.

The building is also beautifully crafted and subtly detailed. It is neutral and does not impose itself on its inhabitants or their visitors.

Neither drawings nor photographs could prepare one for the three-dimensional pleasures to be experienced here.


Writings about this entry

South African Institute of Architects. 2016. Awards : South African Institute of Architects. Awards for Excellence, Awards of Merit, Regional Awards for Architecture 2015/2016. Cape Town: Picasso for SAIA. pg 56-57