House Comrie, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, 1997
Henri Comrie & Amálie Comrie
As recent graduates with limited finances, the architects design for their own house in Newlands, Pretoria was mindful of the small plot and a shoestring budget. Though it has a small footprint and occupies most of the small site, the design mitigates this via generous floor to ceiling heights, indoor-outdoor flows and the abundant infusion of natural light.
House Comrie was the beginning of a trajectory of awarded built projects, often of much larger scale e.g. the Gordon Institute of Business Science, that demonstrates un-pretentiousness in material use but which proved popular with its users because of the quality of in-between spaces defined by conventional brickwork.