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One of the defining factors influencing the outcome of this Project was the brief presented by the Clients an Advocate and a Thespian. It was a voluminous collection of visually stimulating and carefully edited images and worded texts. Significantly the document was tabled as a united front combining content that at first seemed contradictory with images ranging from pleasant Georgian to dark Industrial. The Project is located on a large subdivided plot in a centrally located Johannesburg suburb with an established garden and mature trees.

The red face brick structure is defined by six distinctive double height arches which contain the main living areas and bedrooms of the house. Service spaces are positioned to the sides of the structure behind more solid brick work.

To seal inside from outside, secure and cross ventilate conventional sliding mechanisms are used to move gates and windows into wall cavities between the arches. A corbelled brick detail slims down the brickwork between the arches and makes them seem taller and more elegant.