Residential / Port Elizabeth

Courtyard House


Completion : 2014

Contractor : Chris Howes Construction

Engineer : Structural Solutions

Photographer : Joubert Loots Photography

This contemporary family home is situated on the edge of the Baakens River Valley Nature Reserve. A ‘valley’ courtyard is utilised as a sheltered space to live out into formed by a massive concrete retaining wall. The elongated Westerly edge of the home is a series of layers that protect the inhabitants from the elements. These layers can be adjusted according to the seasons to enhance the buildings’ thermal performance.








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