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Very very great works!
Great website Philip. Your Manor Gardens House is real Durban as it should be . Terrific, wild and organic and unslick. Correspondingly, your house in Camps Bay is Camps Bay as it should be - very slick. Was there recently and how its changed since my honeymoon there in Jan 1980.Alex
Nice Webpage and very nice work!
I like your use of material, color, and form especially on the exterior of the Durban House. The effect is striking, and I agree with Alex -- terrific, wild, and organic. This is a place that a family would love to come home to set in a garden the way it is. I also like many of the interior angles and passways with their junctures and lighting. The house sings!
From what I see in the images, your Sea Point Addition sets on the street as though it always has, and I like that very much. And I like your solution for making more space. This project looks to have been handled with great sensitivity.
It's difficult for me to get a feel for the Camps Bay house site aside from the spectacular view. Do those tall mounds stand on the property? I'd guess, by the way you've approached your other projects, that this one's equally designed to its site. The emperor sits on his throne.
I wonder, did you contribute to the memorial garden project as well? Some of those lines remind me of L. Barragan's work of that period.
Thanks for sharing. I like your work! Have a Happy New Year!!
Thank you all for your kind remarks.
To clear a few points in the last comment. I think the 'tall mounds' are in fact Table Mountain, so the property is on the 'mound' rather than the 'mounds' being on the 'property'! (Better photos are available on request)
The little Sea Point house was unfortunately not built to my liking, so I will not publish any 'live' pictures of it.
And, no, I did not have any involvement in the 'memorial garden' project. But it is a work that I greatly admire, and which I think achieves that desirable kind of fusion of place, time, history and purpose in a most remarkable way. All credit to the architect, Alida Stewart, and I think Barragan would agree. For more on that, see saarcimag.
Generally, the 'PHOTOGRAPHY' section on this site is my photographic record of other peoples' work that interests me.
All the best for 2012!
THX for info
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