Kevin Fellingham Architecture wins prestigious award for the first building completed by the practice
This project has been an attempt to find an architectural space between
things. It has been a very personal project in that it is a house
designed for my parents.
The house is located at the edge of Simonstown, between the architectural
conservation area of the town and the nature conservation
area of the Table Mountain national park, between nature and culture,
between the mountains and the sea. The house is not only located where it is, and built the way it is, and used the way it is but is about its location , its construction and its use, every design decision was turned in on itself in a search for a clarity which is inclusive of context rather than an idea imposed from outside. The presence of a set of design codes designed to
prevent anything out of the ordinary from being built were part of
The house consists of a series of parallel solids with open spaces
eroded between them. This echoes the landscape of headlands and
bays framed by the opening cut through the mass of the walls. This
opening is shaded by an overhang, held like a hand over the eyes
when staring towards the horizon, hanging like the sandstone overhangs
on the slope behind the house under which the earliest inhabitants
sought shelter and prospect. It is this threshold which gives the
house its purpose, the powerfully charged simultaneous experience
of shelter from and exposure to the natural world.
The house is organised like Simonstown, it is a series of sandstone
retaining walls and small white buildings stepping up the slope,
accessed ramps and stairs in the narrow spaces between them.
Doors, windows and shutters are layered on the outer face of the
shaded white walls to mediate between the elements and the architecture.
The ceiling of the main rooms fl oats up towards the sky through the concrete structure, pitching up the roof. The service spaces are roofed by a terrace onto which the mountain flows, giving intimate access to its slopes.
The design was developed in London by Kevin Fellingham with technical
documentation, contract administration and site inspection carried
out by Team Architects in Cape Town under the direction of Philip