Description New house
Location Forest Town, Johannesburg
Client Craig & Dianne Thompson
Size 350m2
Interior Design Lisa Younger and Client
Published Habitat & SA Home Owner magazines 2005

architecture [Built work -2000m2] House Thompson Like the eyes, nose, and mouth of a face, a building’s apertures are instrumental in defining its character and function. Activate always takes time and effort in designing the openings of a structure to enhance the spaces, views, and character, both inside and out.

The brief from the Thompsons was to design a home that is great for entertaining people, as well as being comfortable for day to day living (the list of ‘nice to haves’ was very much the classic list of spaces for a South African home).

The design is a simple logical sequence of spaces that allows for all the living rooms of the house (the lounge, dining room and kitchen) to open up completely to the garden and patio. This design also makes economic use of a small piece of land, and maximises the amount of sun that the rooms should ideally receive.

The architecture of House Thompson is part of a journey that our practice continues to explore – to design architecture that is modern and South African, rooted in its own place, and responding to the climate (in this case, the Johannesburg Highveld), the suburb (leafy Forest Town), the character of other architecture that surrounds it, and, most importantly, the users of the space (Craig and Di). The materials and finishes of the building are raw materials that allow the structure to be honest, wholesome and nurturing to its inhabitants.

  2005 Featured in Habitat and SA Home Owner Magazines. SA HOme Owner Magazine 2005SA HOme Owner Magazine 2005 SA HOme Owner Magazine 2005

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