A strong emphasis is placed on creating an uninterrupted flow of nature through the house and a strong interior-exterior connection. The circulation is a strongly defined East-West route which runs perpendicular with the indoor/ outdoor connection. The slightly hidden entrance pulls one into the house and reveals the light and volumes. From there the route leads to several different levels and spaces before it ends with the poplars at the end of the living space.
Water is used throughout the house to separate, define, and create spaces. The garage is separated from the living spaces by water and a light glass connection, and clad in stone in order to establish a connection with the earth instead of the rest of the house.
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.
46 Durban Road is a private student residence developed from the idea of modular and sometimes prefabricated units, stacked to achieve greater space utilisation with the economic benefit of repetition. The building is a collection of 56 two-roomed units, without the standard collective dining room, lounge and services. Instead, each unit is self-contained, with two rooms which can be used as bedrooms by two students or as a bedroom and a living space by one student, sharing a kitchenette and bathroom.
This project is one of three new bus depots servicing Phase 1A of the Bus / Integrated Rapid Transit System of the City of Cape Town. The palette is made up of robust, industrial materials such as concrete, face brick and metal sheeting, which are combined in inventive ways to create a dignified and visually delightful complex of buildings.
Sustainable systems, such as the recycling of buses’ wash water, have been incorporated where possible. It is estimated that approximately 90% of wash water will be recycled.
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.