Red Location – Housing

Name Red Location
Client Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
Location New Brighton, Port Elizabeth
Status Ongoing

Phase two of the Red Location Precinct will comprise an art gallery, library and archive.

Phase 1 comprised the Red Location Museum and outdoor amphitheatre.

The construction of these buildings will require the relocation of 150 families living in shacks on the site to a site immediately adjacent to this one. The new houses will be built to accommodate the displaced families. The houses must satisfy the housing subsidy requirements of a minimum of 40m² to be built for approximately R40 000. The sites are four metres wide and 20metres long.

Every two houses are joined to form semi-detached houses. The houses are entered in the middle from the side. A stair divides the ground floor and first floor into two rooms of 9m² each. The two joined houses share a common façade, which is designed to represent the idea of one big house rather than two small houses. The roofs pitch away from the street façade – one is presented with a square façade with the proportions of 6m x 6m. It is hoped in this way to present to the public a sense of a house bigger and grander than what is in reality.