House Meyer

house meyer
higgovale, cape town

The project consists of a new private residence situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. The site falls steeply from north to south. The building as a whole is broken down into four individual pavilions and together with the landscaping are arranged on three terraced levels. Access is via the top road where parking for three cars and the main bedroom pavilion are situated. Below this level all the other bedrooms, games room and living areas are situated along with a level lawn and the swimming pool. A tennis court completes the lowest level. The structural concept of the building can be broken down in a simple legible format: namely visually heavy concrete pillars and beams which forms an over designed concrete gutter, the various roofs are entirely supported on these by steel posts and are enclosed in glass making the roof appear to float dramatically above the beams. The four pavilions are linked with an innovative exposed steel, glass and timber passage, which culminates in a dramatic double volume staircase in the same materials. The roof of both the passage and stairwell is entirely constructed of glass supported on steel sections. A great deal of attention was paid to the simplicity of the detailing of the building. The house is blessed with incredible harbour views and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and there is a loose connection with all the steel that is apparent in the form of pulleys, steel cables, cranes and vessels that form part of everyday life in a working harbour and the Table Mountain Cableway. Although the different shades of natural sunlight is experienced to great effect throughout the day, the building is equally interesting at night, when the timber, glass and steel are displayed to full effect.

site: 2550 sq.m.
building: 772 sq.m.
project architect: paolo deliperi
structural engineer: gadomski engineers
contractor: the building company
landscaping: alan dawson gardens
photography: paolo deliperi
media: article 1

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