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Westcliff Estate
Johannesburg, Gauteng

studioMAS: Architect

Client:Mr Gordon Schachat
2003SAIA Award of Merit
2004SAIA Award for Excellence

Award Citation

While it can be assumed that when a client employs an architect the money is well spent, this project demonstrates that, no matter what the budget, the designer brings added value. The project is not so much a house as a pavilion. It illustrates the dictum that the machine is a home for living in. The concerns of a well-tempered environment as a secure haven are addressed. All the devices needed to be a well-heeled citizen of the C21 are seamlessly integrated into a splendid architectural aesthetic that encompasses all the requisite technologies. With the electronically removable glass façade to the north one has the uninterrupted panorama of the world’s largest man-made forest as a work of art to view across a gymnastically poised spillover pool. The drama of the rolling thunderstorms is allowed to envelop the space through the device of a skylight across the back wall, which, with the dramatic slide-away roof also becomes a climatic device in winter to gather the warmth of the sun and summer the coolth of the breeze. The national award of merit is made without reservation.

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

Raman, Pattabi Westcliff Estate: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 206-209