GORDON HOUSE EDUCATOR TOWNHOUSES
GORDON HOUSE - CONCEPT
King Edward VII School's Gordon House is located at King Edward VII School in Upper Houghton, Johannesburg. The project is a close-woven series of free-standing accommodation for the teaching staff, a village street and community.
The brief to studioJoy+Architects was to propose a residential scheme on an open property owned by the King Edward VII Educational Trust, located adjacent to Gordon House Hostel. This allows teaching staff to reside on the property and easily commute to the school itself.
Creating a village was the main priority. Thus four double story buildings where designed with various layouts of bedroom configurations. The complex was designed with all the home entrances facing an internal street-like walkway.
The main materials to be used would be brick, stone and timber, allowing the new buildings to comfortably merge with the architectural design of the Upper Houghton precinct. Although there are several features that move your eye around the build, it is the boldly coloured doors in which a sense of playfulness delights the space and ultimately brings it to life.