On my recent trip to the Cape West Coast I found so many fantastic examples of natural building solutions. It is an inspiration to us how they have withstood the test of the South Western winds and extreme climate changes from season to season!
One morning I came across this little fisherman’s cottage in Elandsbaai, I think it may be about 60-80 years old. Have a look at these pictures to see some of its beautiful Eco factors. The typical large hearth and chimney that is used for both cooking and warmth. The use of stones to form the structural external walls stiffened with stone buttresses. The thatch and stone roofs, which would have been built at different times.
This stone roof is supported only by gum poles and tongue & groove lining. In my opinion these styles of building hold so much character. What a pity that clients are not briefing their architects to create more soulful designs.