For the workers’ housing at Ida’s Valley farm near Stellenbosch (1975), Fagan employs the stereotomic quality of the Cape vernacular in a masonry architecture that acts both as structure and enclosure, where brick walls and roofs merge to form unified entities. This type of structure achieves sufficient thermal mass in a Mediterranean climate. Here, the barrel vaulted roof structures require support at both edges. Fagan cuts limited openings in these supporting walls, leaving a substantial beam and edge to define each space.
10 digital colour photos taken by Arthur Barker with a Canon EOS 400D digital camera during February 2009.
Working drawings: plan, sections and elevations. Fagan archive. Drawing no. 7503/1/2. Ink on tracing paper.