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The Life Aquatic
Two legendary designers’ affinity for the sea flows through the modernist architecture of this Langebaan house.
Jessica Ross

Ask Gwen and Gawie Fagan about their holiday home and they’ll tell you they don’t have one. ‘A home is a home wherever it is,’ says Gwen. ‘We don’t distinguish between holiday and ordinary houses. It’s a place that makes us happy. It’s part of us.’

Yet as you stand on the terrace of this low-slung abode right on Langebaan’s frothy shoreline – surrounded by the rhythmic crashing waves, cawing seagulls and the salty-sweet sea breeze – you’re struck with that quintessential holiday feeling. And no one seems more relaxed here than Gawie and Gwen as they recline, always hand-in-hand, on their deckchairs overlooking the ocean.

Admittedly, reclining is an unusual activity for the husband-and-wife team who, midway into their 90s, are still at work every day at Gabriël Fagan Architects on Bree Street. ‘It’s a sense of relief when you arrive here,’ says Gwen of their Langebaan bolthole. ‘We love the sea.’

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October - November 2019