Xhosa huis

Collection by Thomas Pijnenborgh

Thomas Pijnenborgh
Mama Tofu, Eastern Cape, South Africa | by South African Tourism

Mama Tofu, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Vernacular architecture in South Africa  In his brilliant book Frontiers Noël Mostert wrote at length about the African hut:        “The southern African hut is one of the world’s most distinctive habitations. As a practical adaptation to environment and lifestyle it is unsurpassed in its simplicity, in its use of available materials, in its convenience and in its visual cheerfulness, which also makes it one of the most attractive of all human shelters.”  Xhosa cone-on-cylinder hut.

Vernacular architecture in South Africa

Sometime in the early 1960s I went with my friend James Southern to Cape Agulhas where his parents had a holiday cottage. One day while we were out exploring the area we came upon some dilapidated thatched huts, which James informed me were called “kapstylhuise”.

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