House Louw, Port Elizabeth

This 340m² private residence in Port Elizabeth was designed with an industrial aesthetic in mind, and with connectivity between the spaces as a central consideration.

Client: Charles Louw

Typology: Residential

Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Date: Completed 2010

Photo Credit: IDC Architects

The house was designed around a central galvanised steel framework onto which elements connect, such as a bridge, suspended slabs and roof trusses. The composition is minimalist, almost industrial, which is conveyed as one enters the double volume space. Polished concrete floors, off-shutter concrete and flush pointed facebrick accent walls add to this theme. Two wings linked with a Jarrah hardwood bridge across the double volume allow all areas of the house to feel connected rather than segregated from each other.