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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)

These notes were last edited on 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