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Green Valley
Constantia, Western Cape

Leonard William Thornton WHITE: Architect

Thornton-White's own house 'Green Valley', was the venue for many student parties and demonstrated the application of his humane, low-key, pragmatic theory of architecture. The massing of the building shows an undogmatic approach to form: 'the structure is composite, because the high comfort standards could not be achieved positively by the adoption of one type of construction'. In the interiors he observed Lewis Mumford's dictum on the primacy of the person: the emphasis is on easy circulation, harmonious tone-colour-texture relationships, a life-enhancing environment without histrionics: 'the pale and deep maroons of the ceilings, walls and curtains, in contrast to the pale-blue surface and the grey-blue chairs, complete a colour composition in deliberate discord with the strong browns and greens of the landscape'.

(B E Biermann in UIA, 1985: 60)

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

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pg 60