Lebone II College - Teachers' Houses
ACTIVATE ARCHITECTS: Architect
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towards an African house prototype...
The Client particularly requested that in the conceptualization of a house, we consider the way an African family lives.
The proposed parti has 2 wings _ public and private wings separated across a semi-open courtyard _ defining the family private realm.
It's the space with the highest volume, fantastic views of the mountains and garden, whilst monitoring the 2 entrances. In the kitchen one is aware of every part of the dwelling.
The public entrance, closest to the street edge, leads on to the public wing _ the visitors receiving room, large enough to hold formal dining.
The family entrance leading on to the family private wing _ containing a wide gallery for book reading, study, hobbies and the various bedrooms leading out of it.
The various elements of solid forms and bathroom courtyards are strung to form the compound’s own secure enclosure, minimizing the extent of the fence on the open courtyard garden _ reinforcing the concept of a teacher’s house that is open for any learner to come to.
The photographs on this page were taken by Leon Krige
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.