new family beach house

pringle bay, completed 2002

commendation in twiice international architects under 40 exhibition
published in the digest of south african architecture 2004


the building forms a wall against the road + prevailing strong summer wind, forming compact sheltered terraces facing the sun + sea.   the terraces are separated from the natural fynbos garden by low, thick 'werf' walls that can be used for sitting + lounging

living wing

the split-level living room wing houses the kitchen, dining + living areas, which open directly onto sheltered terraces, pool + braai area.   there is a viewing tower/lighthouse over the dining room with a translucent floor for overnight 'camping'


the small rim-flow pool faces the sea + is accessible from both living + sleeping areas

dining / living

the dining room has direct access to the kitchen + outside eating / braai area, and has the 'lighthouse' tower directly over the dining table. the living room is at the lower level, with its own terraces facing the sun + sea


the kitchen is very simple, with all appliances integrated.   the scullery/laundry is tucked out of sight, with access to hidden outside yard


the living area has a large traditional hearth + large sheltered glazed areas facing the sea + sun, that shelter from the mid-day sun angles, but let winter sun deep into the room

main bedroom

bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with private outside showers + have lofts over the bathrooms + cupboards for additional sleeping areas