ARKLOW VILLA III
Alterations and additions to a 120 year old Victorian semi-detached home in Green Point, Cape Town completely transformed the existing single storey cottage. The property suffered from a lack of maintenance and careless additions and patch-ups that took place over time. This led to major remodeling as well as a reconstruction of the roof and rear elevation to give the house a much needed new lease of life.
From the front, the house appears almost unchanged, except for the addition of two new dormer windows punctuating the roof plane. The existing stoep was replaced, closely resembling the old one, but executed in a contemporary language to expose the textured stone foundation walls behind. In contrast to the conservative approach to the front façade, the rear of the house presents a completely new building.
Redundant roof trusses removed from the existing roofspace were used in interior detailing, and new work predominantly executed in standard SA Pine timber. Existing features and finishes were preserved where possible and used in combination with a new restrained palette of brick, natural stone and timber.
The house historically formed part of a series of 3 identical cottages called Arklow I-III.
Photographs by David Southwood and Liani Douglas