They say that a carpenter’s cupboards are always unfinished and that an accountant's personal finances are always in a mess. Is this true of architects and their own homes? Well we were most pleasantly surprised that the architect’s homes that we visited on this tour were just wonderful expressions of their thoughts and design ethos. And although some, like Gawie Fagan, claims that his house is incomplete, many of the homes lacked pretence and gave us an insight into what it means to live in a place or in more philosophical terms: to dwell. Martin Heidegger, a phenomenologist philosopher writes that to dwell is to be at peace in a protected place. This is the case with Professor Jo Noero’s home in Hout Bay which not only offers protection from the harsh seafront climate but also a way of viewing the sea. We definitely experienced ‘dwelling’ in his living room that day while the professor frantically served tea to all the OH visitors.
|Die Es - Gawie Fagan|
|House Sapieka - Noero Wolff|
|House Elliot - Julian Elliot|
|Kenilworth Flats - Naude Dos Santos|