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Ida's Valley Housing
Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Gabriël Theron (Gawie) FAGAN: Design Architect

Client:Maj. P Erskine
Type:Housing scheme


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33°55'02.63" S 18°53'07.64" E Alt: 161m

For the workers’ housing at Ida’s Valley farm near Stellenbosch, Fagan employs the stereotomic quality of the Cape vernacular in a masonry architecture that acts both as structure and enclosure, where brick walls and roofs merge to form unified entities. This type of structure achieves sufficient thermal mass in a Mediterranean climate. Here, the barrel vaulted roof structures require support at both edges. Fagan cuts limited openings in these supporting walls, leaving a substantial beam and edge to define each space.

(Arthur Barker on UPSpace. Accessed 2020 10 16)

Writings about this entry

Fagan, G. 2005. Twenty Cape Houses. Cape Town: Breestraat Publikasies. pg 68-69
Papanicolaou, Stella, Lahabe, Valerie & Rawoot, Maashitoh . 2021. Modern Architectures : Cape Town. Cape Town: MAGS. pg 32