Located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the Aloe House was inspired by the client’s keen interest in Eastern Cape flora and brick-making.
The design is based on two aloe leaves lying upside down on the ground, with the serrated sections facing the valley and the narrow points forming a sheltered courtyard.
The form of the leaves has been abstracted subtly. The bricks and metal sheeting used have a harsh texture, similar to the spiky leaves, while the side facing the view is glazed.
The brief also requested the exploration of the use of brick in a fresh way. This has resulted in decorative patterns referring to the rock layers present in the valley below.
One leaf comprises the lounge, kitchen and guest room, while the other forms the private quarters. The central tower houses vertical circulation and services. All the main rooms are linked to the private courtyard with a view over the valley.