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House Fagan - Paradys
Paradise Beach, Langebaan, Western Cape

Gabriël Theron (Gawie) FAGAN: Design Architect

2006SAIA Award of Merit


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33°02'25.51" S 18°02'16.98" E Alt: 11m

Award Citation

In the context of this exclusive West Coast development, this house challenges the approach and philosophy of what a beach house should be. The house is carefully tucked into the landscape with only the vaulted roofs and chimney visible. Surprisingly, this contextual response affords the house total privacy from adjacent double storey houses. Through compact planning, the house provides impressive accommodation for large family gatherings.

The problem of orientation to the sun is resolved through a generous courtyard, which allows morning sun to be splashed into the house. Well-detailed adjustable shutters protect the house from afternoon sun. Views across the lagoon are carefully framed through windows and doors, creating a layer of desirable spots in the house.

The exclusive use of bricks, built with no expansion joints, concrete or waterproofing, bears testimony to the architect’s exceptional knowledge of construction. The clean crisp and highly inventive detailing and choice of material for doors, windows, shutters and joinery will ensure that the fittings will stand the test of time with minimal maintenance. This house merges a wealth of knowledge and personal references into a significant contribution to architecture.

Writings about this entry

Fagan, G. 2005. Twenty Cape Houses. Cape Town: Breestraat Publikasies. pg 124-133
South African Institute of Architects. 2008. Awards : South African Institute of Architects. Awards for Excellence, Awards of Merit, Regional Awards for Architecture 2005/2006 2007/2008. Cape Town: Picasso for SAIA. pg 118-119
Theron, Danie Paradys: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 336-339