Kevin Fellingham Architecture wins prestigious award for the first building completed by the practice
London based South African Architect Kevin Fellingham Architect has won a prestigious Cape Institute for Architecture Award of commendation for the first building completed by the practice since its formation in 2006.
The winning project is a house on a steeply sloping site between the historic conservation area of Simonstown and the Cape Point Nature reserve behind. The structure frames spectacular views over False bay, whilst the mountain spills right down onto the roof terrace at the rear. Materials are used very directly, rendered brickwork, exposed concrete soffits and retaining walls constructed from the sandstone excavated to form the buildings platforms. There is a careful use of passive environmental strategies integrated into the fabric and form of the building, the result of careful analysis of the microclimate of the area. The house is fully accessible, allowing wheelchair access even onto the terraced indigenous garden behind.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Team Architects in Cape Town, who in addition won an Award for a pair of houses overlooking downtown Cape town. Other winners included Noero Wolf Architects, winners of last years RIBA Lubetkin prize.
The Practice was founded in 2006. Prior to this, Kevin Fellingham had been at Rick Mather Architects and Arup Associates, working mainly on competitions and a number of large multidisciplinary masterplans. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and of MIT, where he won the Ralph Adams Cram Award for outstanding interdisciplinary research. Currently the practice is working on a number of new build residential schemes in North London and South Africa.