The Organic House
This north-facing site slopes steeply towards the stream that forms its western boundary, and a dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain rises majestically through a veil of Oak trees dotting this Bishopscourt garden. Waterfalls cascade down the mountain and pixies certainly abound! A magical setting that demands a naturalistic response from the architecture. The futuristic architecture of Californian architect John Lautner was thus a surprising early touchstone for this ambitious family home in the conservative suburb of Bishop’s Court. Indeed, the client’s brief for a totally curved house was a direct reaction against the typical orthogonal cliffhangers of Clifton in which they had lived, and a radical departure from the norm was requested.