The paired houses demonstrate sensitivity to place and environment. Both houses employ standard construction methods – plastered brick and concrete – to modulate and explore the poetics of light and space. Rather than using light as a medium which evenly floods the interior spaces, the brightness of the African sun is tempered by sculpting and cutting into the materials of the building. Light is treated as a fundamental element of the architecture; walls and roofs are used to screen it and cut openings allow it to penetrate. The clarity of the light is reflected in the simple surfaces and natural finishes of the paired houses.
Photography: Tristan McLaren