steel framed structures

house De Wet, Rhodes

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The small town of Rhodes situated in the Eastern Cape houses 25 permanent residents but swells during the winter to allow for ski-hungry visitors making their way to the local ski resort. Rhodes was proclaimed a heritage site and thus very strict design guidelines are applicable when designing a new building. During the design of Bell cottage it was decided that the steel structure will function as a three dimensional manifestation of the guideline document. Roof pitch; wall plate heights, width, placement on site, window and door openings and roof coverings was done exactly to the aesthetic guideline specifications. The completed steel structure would then be wrapped in brickwork resulting in the cost- and time related advantages of the steel construction method while conforming to the existing residential fabric.

The internal character of the house would however be reminiscent of a modern house, light and spacious interiors devoid of truss members or heavy roof construction. Currently the steel structure is completed and work continues on the concrete floor structure and brick walls. The steel portal frame is in stark contrast with the rest of the town’s architecture, but because of its’ similarities in proportion and scale, it stands as an archetypical skeleton, strangely familiar to the urban character. Bell cottage will be completed in May 2013

house De Wet, Rhodes