Chris van Niekerk

Mountain House

New Residence
Cape Town
2018 - onwards

Exploration of the resonance of materials and geography in the making of a dwelling

To provide a sense of shelter without enclosure is all that is required here – a deft touch. A pronounced concrete roof canopy provides this and creates a central look out point. The surrounding landscape is made more manifest by the presence of this canopy – a dialogue of a delicate balancing act between nature and building. 

Within the embrace of the slopes, the level on which the house is sited suggests it is neither elevated nor buried, so that it becomes nesteld in the landscape but is not enveloped by it.

View from mountain slopes through the house

The house comprises three distinct sections with varying roof heights and lines depending on the use of space. They surround and straddle this special location on the site, but the embrace remains tender, allowing the mountain to continue its gentle slope towards the ocean.

Concept Model

View through house up towards the mountain

View from South-West and the approach to the house

View from North-West

Project Team
Chris van Niekerk, Gregory Bouah, Ruben Rossouw, Gordon Hubbard

Structural Engineer
Inovic Structural Design 

Chris van Niekerk