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House Louw
Higgovale, Cape Town, Western Cape

COLYN and MEIRING: Architect

Date:c1960
Type:Homestead
Status:Unknown

THIS house on a steep site on the slopes of Table Mountain has been split into three levels.

Approach is up a steep motor driveway. The double garage is under the living room with main entrance protected and covered by the cantilever of the living room.

Entrance is up a freestanding staircase to a higher level with living and dining areas flowing out onto a balcony with a view of Devil's Peak and Table Bay.

The study is a nook off living room looking back onto an open court at slightly higher level. Desk in the study is at sill height. Bedroom wing is on a slightly higher third level reached by a ramp which is flanked by an open court. Bedrooms lead out onto the court which is protected from driving wind and rain.

Ref: Wale, Laurie (editor) c. 1964. New Home Building Ideas – Architects' Plans for Southern Africa. Purnell & Sons, Johannesburg: pgs 41.

[Submitted by William MARTINSON]

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.