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Ella Street Houses
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, Western Cape


Client:Philip Stiekma
2008SAIA Award of Merit
Street:Ella Street

Award of Merit Citation

The two houses restore to the streetscape of the Bo-Kaap the quality of neighbourhood through their small scale, and their positive relation to the street. The siting of the houses on the mountain is discreet - a quality that seems to be rare in Cape Town at present.

The typology used refers to the small scaled, street facing, middle class house. Within the contained form - each displays a spatial virtuosity that excites the senses and results in a rich experience of architectural relationships that come about as a result of movement through the spaces, by changes of speed of progression and how and where forms are penetrated by void. The planning is sensible and pragmatic yet allows for a spiritual sense of living. There is a tremendous feeling of connectedness between dweller and place, which makes for a project of merit.

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

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 58-59
Bakker, Karel Ella Street Houses: in Joubert, 'Ora (Ed). 2009. 10 years + 100 buildings: pp 292-295