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House Fox
Worcester, Western Cape

Revel FOX: Architect

In this small house for his father, FOX combined knowledge of Cape rural vernacular of low slung cottages and farmhouses with a sophistication gained from Scandinavia and knowledge of contemporary North American work. Planned with efficiency and simplicity, it has carefully proportioned rooms. Both court and verandah handle the Mediterranean climate effectively and also interpret vernacular forms. The materials, too, reflect Cape tradition: quarry tiled floors, timber windows and doors, white walls. In general disposition, however, and in detail, the building relates distinctly to post-war modernism. Internal walls suggest screens, with skirting, architrave and cornice in a continuous frame; the roof, recessed glazed screen and the delicate columns owe much to Eliot Noyes and Raphael Soriano. This sensitive regionalism, manifest in several other houses of the period, offered a genuine alternative to what many saw as the impasse of neo-classicism and New Empiricism.

(Julian Cooke in UIA, 1985: 61)

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 61
Various A Biographical history: in Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8): pp 61