Karl Jooste was born in Pretoria in 1926. He attended the Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool and studied architecture at the University of Pretoria. Jooste worked for Norman Eaton before establishing his own practice. He was a friend of French architect Le Corbusier and
visited France regularly. The house at 381 Aries Street is one of the last projects Jooste designed and implemented. He designed the house in 1965 and completed the project in 1967. He lived in the house with his wife until his death in a car accident in 1971. The design of the house emulates the work of Le Corbusier set in an African regional context. The use of large overhangs to create deep shadows to temper the African sun; the use (and expression) of local materials and craftsmanship; Le Modular based proportions; and the dominance of the masonry structural grid topped with sinus curved brick vaults create a unique spatial and architectural
12 years in the MAKING:
And that is the most apt description of what became a critical part of one’e practice and everyday thought. An exploration of materials and craft resulted in a project of which every component was designed, refined and manufactured by hand. With a client passionate about detail, quality and mid-century modern furniture and design it was quite a challenge in 2010, when we started the project. With project number 2010-01 it became a labour of love with many detail iterations and refinements over the 12 year period it took to get the building to the stage where we can actually predict a completion date. The building is a result of close collaboration between various craftsman and designers. Finding harmony in the passage of time and knowledge gained through parallel project exploration. Apart from the sculptural, Heideggerian qualities and expressionist character, the conceptual and formal exploration led to a building which are built within the city fabric; thus the positioning of the structure closer to the street but elevated to be part of the city but to also create privacy away from the city. Essentially an L-shaped building, the building inhabits the site to essentially realise the entire site’s latent potential of becoming a home with integrated indoor-outdoor spaces. Tiered courtyards form outdoor rooms with the landscape changing as it terraces down from the intimate “Fairy Garden” to a “Mediterranean” courtyard and eventually ending on street level in a formal foraging space. Each with a distinct relationship to the building which has been designed to activate the site as a HOME
DATE: 12 MARCH 2022
TIME: 09:30 FOR 10:00 – 12:00
VENUE: PARKING AT 381 Aries Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
CPD in CAT 1: 0.2 CPD Credits
COST: PIA MEMBERS – R100.00 and NON-MEMBERS: R200.00
BRING ALONG YOUR WALKING SHOES, HAT/UMBRELLA AND WATER AND ENJOY THESE SHORT ARCHITECTURAL ADVENTURES WITH US.
You are also welcome to stay longer and get yourself some wonderful eats/drinks at Brasserie de Paris.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH THESE WALKING TOURS WE HAVE LIMITED ACCESS AND IT WILL BE HANDLED ON A 1ST BOOK AND MAKE PAYMENT BASIS. WE ARE UNABLE TO INCREASE THE PAX PER WALKING TOUR.