New house on the Fransche Hoek Estate. Strict guidelines informed the residential architectural design.
A new resort in a private nature reserve at the foot of the Swartberg mountains. The architects design is conceptualised to “frame” or “protect” the original core building. They form a new “style”, related to the old in the use of thick walls and small window proportions, while locating itself as “new” through an interpretative formal language.
A new health centre to replace existing facilities in and around Hermanus. A key consideration in the functional design was the experience of public waiting areas, where patients spend most of their time. The healthcare architecture makes abstract reference to the vernacular language of plastered brick walls and metal roofs.
Extensive alterations to an existing dwelling through functional design practices. The building is protected on its south-eastern edge by natural boulders, which allow openness in this direction. Elsewhere, the accommodation is more enclosed, but cut open to allow views to the mountain and reserve. At platform level, the house opens up to the views northwards over the Atlantic.
New residence of the Fransche Hoek Estate against the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains. The contemporary design, complying with strict architectural guidelines, is broken into linear blocks, individually expressed and stepped along the contours of the site, defining outdoor spaces for entry, relaxation and entertaining.
Gallagher Lourens Architects are Cape Town based architects that have been operating for 10 years. The architects have experience in a wide variety of architectural projects ranging from small residential architecture to corporate headquarters. The architects enjoy working on diverse projects and the research and in depth investigations make for an interesting and fresh approach to building design, honing their already extensive technical expertise.
“As professional Architects we are passionate about our work and pride ourselves on taking architecture in Cape Town and South Africa seriously.”
Our team of expert architects strive to find creative, innovative and environmental design solutions which are respectful towards the South African environment, both natural and man-made, and which do not mimic existing precedent, but rather take cues from it. Context and technology are both important informants in our work resulting in appropriate architecture that speaks of specific time, place and culture.
We believe in the creation of functional, comfortable and inspiring environments that address the needs of the inhabitants. Similarly, we believe that the contemporary design of the larger urban environment, which extends beyond the building itself, is equally important and that these environments should create positive connections with each other.
A dynamic, practice with staff that have varied experience. Building design in the Western Cape is a passion of ours. The principal architects give a lot of their energy to singular projects. Everyone in the team has the opportunity to contribute or criticize. We believe in collaboration on many levels including with the client (or user), who plays an integral role in creating the brief and developing the building design.
Our South Africa centric architectural practice is a member of the Green Building Council and we subscribe to the principles and practice of sustainable design and building technology. Sustainable design seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space.