House Biermann

38 Glenwood Drive, Westridge, B.E. Biermann , 1961.

One of the finest pieces of domestic architecture in Durban, which has influenced a generation of architects. The house is a rebuilding of an existing building on the site over a number of years by Barrie Biermann, a prominent academic who taught at the UND (UKZN) School of Architecture. Its chief glory lies in its response to climate, through the grouping of the building around an open courtyard and the opening up of most of the internal spaces to the garden. Simple materials are manipulated into sinuous shapes and forms reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer, adapted to the genius loci.

Researcher: Lindsay Napier

Photographer(s): c/o Andre Duvenage