Raymond Smith | Heritage unpacked – the built environment and its poetic qualities
As a philosophical architectural and heritage practitioner I am starting this blog to share information regarding events and concerns involving the built environment, but will probably be more partial to its poetic qualities than its quantitative value.
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WWII hall

Mooihawens 2014

Erf 5553, Betty’s Bay Situated in the significant Stony Point area of Betty’s Bay, famous for its African Penguin colony, the site of the old whaling station, Khoi reef and during WWII home to a radar station which monitored German U-boat activity around the coast. The architectural and heritage practitioner’s task at hand was to determine the heritage significance of Mooihawens, regarded...

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Model of proposal

House Fritz “Hokaai!” 2016

Additions and alterations to this grade IIIC heritage structure, of which the core was built around the 1920's, presented an inspiring challenge. Appreciated for its positive contribution to the streetscape character and coastal walk, the house in Kleinmond was at a critical stage in its history where it had to learn new ways to accommodate modern functionality or risk possible...

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Historic photograph of House Platdak c.1940s

House Platdak 2015

Erf 3454, Betty’s Bay This heritage resource management project came about as a result of the owner(s) intention to effect alterations to a cottage which is older than 60 years and which falls within an identified Special Management Zone. Although the structure itself is of low architectural value, the environs is of high significance. The single storey cottage was built around 1930...

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South-West Axo

House Lermer “Happy Days” 2015 / 2016

The original structure on this grade IIIC heritage site was built in 1943 to serve as a WWII radar monitoring facility. During 1970, additions were made to turn it into a proper house. The 2016 design allows the structure to evolve architecturally, not only in functional terms – by increasing accommodation and improve tectonics while maximising views, but to acquire...

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House Hendrikz 2015

Erf 4375, Kleinmond From time to time, old houses need to “learn” new ways to adapt to modern lifestyles. If they are unable to, they often come under pressure to be demolished. This graded IIIC structure was a typical case in point. As the appointed heritage practitioner for the project, I worked with BE3 architects to ensure that this holiday house...

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Aerial of site and Stony point context

House Lermer “Happy Days” 2015 / 2016

Erf 2392, Betty’s Bay A single storey house, built around 1943, of which the authentic core served as a radar station monitoring room during WW II. This heritage site forms part of a historical grouping of this period in the immediate area as well as other radar sites along the South African coastline. It is of historic and associative significance. As...

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Historic photograph of Kusweg, Kleinmond, unknown

House Fritz 2015

Erf 4368, Kleinmond A single storey double pitch cottage, built around 1920, and its relationship as a positive contributing component of a streetscape grouping and coastal walk was the subject of conservation concern in this project. It contains some architectural, historical, contextual and associative significance. Additions, Alterations and partial demolition was to be affected to this “Grade III C” heritage resource...

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Street view of historic cottage, 2014

Groenewald Fisherman’s Cottage 2014

Erf 81 Kleinbaai This seemingly insignificant little corrugated cottage takes on a new meaning when read against the background of Kleinbaai’s early use – as a fisherman launching harbour. Hence its IIIB heritage grading. On Erf 81, a free standing “fisherman’s” cottage with double pitch corrugated fibre-cement roof and wall cladding with hearth built of stone and cement, is situated on the...

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