Architectural style is the key to graceful and lasting beauty in architecture. South African styles that have been popular over the years, include: Tuscan, Bali and Cape Vernacular. At Beverley Hui Architects, we have to date focused on the folowing: Modern, French, Modern Cape Dutch (Cape Vernacular) and Traditional Cape Dutch. However we have the expertise to correctly interpret any style that you choose for your home.
Contemporary style architecture is considered by some to be the only valid style. The style makes the best use of modern building methods and structural techinques in its daring use of large expanses of glass, cantilevered concrete slabs and soaring beams. Bold massing and correct juxtoposition of the elements is what seperates a beautiful contemporary home from a common one.
The Cape vernacular style can be regarded as a contemporary version of the Cape Dutch style. Vernacular actually means "the local language", and the Cape vernacular style is modelled after a locoal language of building on Cape farms. The style is characterised by gables with straight parapet walls, and clipped eaves with modern beams and other elements also being introduced.
The French have spent certuries mastering a subtle, elegant and sophisticated approach to architecture. Every design choice and detail is carefully considered and draws on a long history of craftsmanship. Hallmarks of the style, are the tall french doors which are carefully spaced and detailed with well-crafted architectraves and surrounds. Pilasters and columns are used to create rhythm and balance on the facades. Beverley Hui designed this example with white French shutters for a home in Val de Vie, Paarl.
CAPE DUTCH STYLE
This style is famous the world over as the most unique of South African architecture styles. The front facade is almost always symmetrical, with a prominent central gable that is decorated with plaster bands in a signature pattern, unique to the home. The houses are typicaly set in the stunning scenery of the Cape winelands with a mountain in the background. Plans are typically in a U or H shaped layout.
This example was designed by Beverley Hui for a farm in Darling.
Cape Dutch Style
Although colonisation in Africa, brings to mind much negative historical bagage, many Africans remain proud of the colonial style architecture that exists all over the continent. Typical of the colonial style, are its white walls, slate roof, and apron of columns. The buildings are often arranged in groups of three, creating a formal and dignified symmetry. This boutique hotel was designed by Beverley Hui in the colonial style
OTHER EXAMPLES OF THE CONTEMPORARY STYLE
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