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Bay House
Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape


2006SAIA Award of Merit

Award Citation

As with all good architecture, the making of this house seems effortless. The architects achieved a good proportioning of space and plane, while complementing it with a simple, carefully selected palette of materials. This is not an object building but chooses to reveal itself discreetly through an unfolding sequence of spaces. The greatest achievement lies in the highly successful carving out of the tight building mass, to create a series of calm and handsomely proportioned internal spaces. Each of these in turn presents unexpectedly framed views to the outside.

Bay House is simultaneously house and gallery, generous and intimate, solid and permeable. The architects are commended for offering suspense and a high level of sensory delight, while not compromising the core functions of a comfortable and permanently occupied family house.

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

South African Institute of Architects. 2008. Awards : South African Institute of Architects. Awards for Excellence, Awards of Merit, Regional Awards for Architecture 2005/2006 2007/2008. Cape Town: Picasso for SAIA. pg 114-115
Steenkamp, Alta Bay House: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 320-323