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Residence for Messrs Nicola & Knight
De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape


2006SAIA Award of Merit

Award Citation

This gem is a delightful insertion into the fine-grained historic fabric of De Waterkant. Within this urban conservation area, the architects have successfully introduced a contemporary building which, while tipping its hat to its neighbours, succeeds in carving out its own unique identity. Within the constraints of a site measuring 5.6mx33.7m between two party walls with dual public frontage, the architects have provided inventive design solutions. These are successful both in terms of access and circulation, resulting in a commendable mediation between public and private realms.

The building envelope largely follows the pattern established by the existing row of houses. It contains a light-filled, expansive living environment. Decks at each extremity form an integral part of the design, providing impressive views to Table Bay and Table Mountain thereby maximizing the scale of the outdoor areas. Interiors are exquisitely detailed, using materials which include concrete, steel, glass and timber, combined to create a wonderfully tactile environment. This holiday home is proof indeed that the best things come in small packages.

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

Joubert, 'Ora House Nicola-Knight: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 296-299