House vredehoek

This historic heritage house is prominently located in a residential zone on Maynard Street, in one of Cape Towns Planning Scheme designated heritage precincts of Vredehoek. The area was previously dedicated to slave housing in the early 1800’s, and this double storey building was in a dilapidated run down state by the time it went on sale.

Historically the property is representative of the early evolution of cultural landscape and settlement patterns of the area, and as such contributes much to the quality of the historic reading of Vredehoek and the greater Cape Town city bowl. The much-altered architectural fabric still possess the scale and form of its earlier life with some authentic fabric intact. Aesthetically, its contribution to the broader visual-spatial character within the cultural landscape and quality of the heritage area is important. It forms an important component of the greater collective character of the streetscape with its neighbours which combines to provide the genius loci of the precinct.

The brief was to strip entire areas where the structure was not sound and to rebuild. The client being a frequent international traveller, wanted an open plan and modern interior. The exterior of the house was completely restored to the original, keeping in line with heritage guidelines and assessments.

Through a proper analysis of the context, site and building, observations and re-development guidelines determined to allow responsible additions and alterations to this property which enhanced its architectural heritage value, while preserving the contribution to the streetscape character. The building is currently graded as a 3C [IIIC] under Heritage Western Cape.

Photos: Pam Golding Properties & HD Architects

HOLLOWAY AND DAVEL ARCHITECTS CAPE TOWN COURTYARD 1

House vredehoek

This historic heritage house is prominently located in a residential zone on Maynard Street, in one of Cape Towns Planning Scheme designated heritage precincts of Vredehoek. The area was previously dedicated to slave housing in the early 1800’s, and this double storey building was in a dilapidated run down state by the time it went on sale.

Historically the property is representative of the early evolution of cultural landscape and settlement patterns of the area, and as such contributes much to the quality of the historic reading of Vredehoek and the greater Cape Town city bowl. The much-altered architectural fabric still possess the scale and form of its earlier life with some authentic fabric intact. Aesthetically, its contribution to the broader visual-spatial character within the cultural landscape and quality of the heritage area is important. It forms an important component of the greater collective character of the streetscape with its neighbours which combines to provide the genius loci of the precinct.

The brief was to strip entire areas where the structure was not sound and to rebuild. The client being a frequent international traveller, wanted an open plan and modern interior. The exterior of the house was completely restored to the original, keeping in line with heritage guidelines and assessments.

Through a proper analysis of the context, site and building, observations and re-development guidelines determined to allow responsible additions and alterations to this property which enhanced its architectural heritage value, while preserving the contribution to the streetscape character. The building is currently graded as a 3C [IIIC] under Heritage Western Cape.